IRON MOUNTAIN - Houghton's defense helped it survive a bad night offensively in a 36-29 non-conference win at Iron Mountain Friday.
"I thought defensively to start the game, we were intense, we were flying all over the place, but we didn't finish well," Houghton coach Julie Filpus said.
The Gremlins had control of the game in the first half, leading 25-13 at the break, but couldn't generate the points to put the host Mountaineers away. Iron Mountain closed to within single digits, but Houghton held them at arm's length to the buzzer.
"We just kind of lost a notch of confidence every minute as the game wore on," Filpus said. "(Sydney) Dillinger defending the ballhandler caused a lot of problems in them trying to run their offense. Overall, our kids were intense, we just couldn't put the ball in the basket tonight. As a result, we gave Iron Mountain the opportunity to get back into the game and they did a nice job with that."
Elisa Jurmu put in nearly half of Houghton's total with 15 points.
The Gremlins (2-0) travel to L'Anse Tuesday to open WestPAC play. Iron Mountain won the JV game 62-30.
Houghton 10 15 5 6 - 36
Iron Mountain 7 6 8 8 - 29
Houghton - Alexa Johnson 5, Blaire Zenner 6, Kelsie Richards 5, Elisa Jurmu 15, Sydney Dillinger 5; FT: 2-6; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Richards 1, Johnson 1.
Iron Mountain - Jobe 5, Gendron 4, Pirkola 2, Girard 2, McCole 2, Gerhard 14; FT: 7-8; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Hancock 60, Jeffers 46
PAINESDALE - Hancock made its move in the second quarter, building enough lead to ride to the finish victorious in its season opener.
Hancock scored 26 of its 60 points in the second quarter en route to a 41-23 halftime lead.
"They were working the ball around and throwing up shots and making them and we weren't getting in their face," Jeffers coach Kathleen Storm said.
The Bulldogs made six 3-pointers and got 16 points from freshman Molly Berg in her varsity debut. Quincy Lorenzetti added 11 as well as three of the triples.
Jeffers (0-2) had a better performance in the second half, and put both Stephanie Fraki (15) and Kelsey Heinonen (11) in double figures.
"We were getting shots off by working the ball around. That's the name of the game." Storm said.
Hancock has its home opener Tuesday against Lake Linden-Hubbell. Jeffers, which won the JV game, plays its first Copper Country Conference and road game of the season Tuesday in Ontonagon.
Hancock 15 26 12 7 - 60
Jeffers 11 12 10 13 - 46
Hancock - Molly Berg 16, Quincy Lorenzetti 11, Mackenzie Brunet 8, Kirsten Berg 5, Taylor Pertile 8, Laura Berg 2, Taylor Mattson 5, Lucy Williams 5; FT: 8-14; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: M. Berg 1, Lorenzetti 3, K. Berg 1, Mattson 1.
Jeffers - Haley Makela 7, Stephanie Fraki 15, Abbie Rajala 2, Shelby Seppanen 7, Maria Halonen 2, Gabby Kyllonen 1, Kelsey Heinonen 11, Kayla Destrampe 1; FT: 9-18; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heinonen 3, Fraki 1.
WATERSMEET - Ontonagon started its season with a 42-22 non-conference victory over Watersmeet.
The Gladiators took control early with a 15-6 first-quarter lead and 22-12 advantage at halftime.
Brooke Turin led Ontonagon with 15 points off three 3-pointers. Chelsea Truscott had 13.
Michaela Burke paced the Lady Nimrods with seven points.
Watersmeet (1-1) hosts Bessemer Monday. Ontonagon hosts Jeffers on Tuesday.
Ontonagon 15 7 9 11 - 42
Watersmeet 6 6 3 7 - 22
Ontonagon - Brooke Turin 15, Bradee Pollard 4, Bobbi Ross 6, Chelsea Truscott 13, Amber Luokka 2, Rebecca Karttunen 2. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Turin 3.
Watersmeet - Michaela Burke 7, Tori McGeshick 3, Ashley Peterson 2, Frannie Zelinski 6, Lauren Ryskey 3, Jazz McGeshick 1. FTs: 6-15. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Burke 2.
Ewen-Trout Creek 49, Wakefield-Marenisco 21
WAKEFIELD - The Panthers got enough push in the second half to put away Wakefield-Marenisco and open Porcupine Mountain Conference play with a win Friday.
E-TC still had work to do at half, up 20-10, but a 17-point third quarter ensured the Panthers would go 2-0 in the season's opening week.
"We were pressuring them, we were getting some turnovers but we weren't making some shots we should have been making. Second half, we came out and started putting the ball in the hole," E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said.
The Panthers got 13 points from Zoey McGeshick and 12 from Samantha Robl.
E-TC's home opener is Tuesday night against Chassell.
Ewen-TC 11 9 17 12 - 49
Wakefield 4 6 6 5 - 21
Ewen-Trout Creek - Samantha Robl 12, Rebekkah Driesenga 2, Casey Suomumaki 2, Taylor Niemi 7, Molly Niemi 7, Brittany Suomumaki 4, Zoey McGeshick 13, Becca Warnke 2; FT: 8-16; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Robl 1.
Wakefield-Marenisco - Grace 9, Yond 4, Yond 6, Curtis 2; FT: 1-5; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.