EWEN - With help from 26 points by senior guard Jamie Dompier, Chassell executed a fourth-quarter comeback for its first win of the season, 49-45 Tuesday at Ewen-Trout Creek.
"We came out in the first quarter and played our game, and pretty much the second quarter on, they controlled us and we played what they wanted to do," E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said.
The hosts scored 18 points and led by seven after a quarter, but Chassell got back into it in the second, taking a 26-25 halftime lead. E-TC retook the edge after three quarters, but Chassell outscored E-TC 15-7 in the final frame to go to 1-1 overall.
Dompier demolished her previous career high of 19 points in a Feb. 21, 2011 game against Ontonagon. She was 8-for-9 from the free-throw line.
"She's a great senior player. She really stepped up for them. She got any loose ball that was around her and if we left her open, she hit the shot," Besonen said.
E-TC's Zoey McGeshick scored 12 of her 18 points in the first quarter to lead her team, which shot only 25 percent from the field and committed 21 turnovers.
"I'm disappointed we didn't get the ball to her more, because she had a dominating first quarter," Besonen said.
Taylor Niemi added 11 for E-TC (2-1), which is at Lake Linden-Hubbell Friday.
Chassell (1-1) is back in action Dec. 11 at home against Baraga.
Chassell 11 15 8 15 - 49
Ewen-TC 18 7 13 7 - 45
Chassell - Sara Kilpela 7, Jamie Dompier 26, Karli Michaels 4, Kirsten Daavettila 5, Madeline Huhta 2, Tawna Ryynanen 2, Julie Pietila 3; FT: 12-16; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Michaels 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek - Samantha Robl 4, Rebekah Driesenga 2, Taylor Niemi 11, Molly Niemi 5, Brittany Suomumaki 5, Zoey McGeshick 18; FT: 13-24; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 2.
ONTONAGON - The Gladiators put the pressure to the Jets early, earning a 20-4 first-quarter lead that stood up in both schools' Copper Country Conference openers Tuesday.
"We played, I thought, a pretty darned good first half in terms of pressure, getting them to turn it over and capitalizing on their mistakes," Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.
Many of the transition opportunities generated went to point guard Brooke Turin, who put in a game- and career-high 21 points, busting a personal best set Jan. 20, 2012 against Lake Linden-Hubbell (15). Turin, a junior, put in 11 of those 21 in the first quarter.
"We got stuff off the break she was able to cash in," Franti said.
Brilynn Pollard chipped in 12, also a career high, for the 2-0 Gladiators, who face Baraga Friday night.
Jeffers (0-3, 0-1 CCC) was led by nine points from Kelsey Heinonen. The Jets play at L'Anse Friday.
Ontonagon won the JV game by one on Lori Wardynski's runner at the buzzer.
Jeffers 4 10 13 6 - 33
Ontonagon20 14 15 5 - 54
Jeffers - Haley Makela 8, Stephanie Fraki 2, Abbie Rajala 6, Shelby Seppanen 5, Maria Halonen 3, Kelsey Heinonen 9; FT: 11-17; Fouls: 7: Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Halonen 1, Heinonen 1.
Ontonagon - Molly Domitrovich 2, Brooke Turin 21, Brilynn Pollard 12, Bobbi Ross 5, Chelsea Truscott 12, Rebecca Karttunen 2; FT: 8-11; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, Truscott 1.
Dollar Bay 37
BARAGA - The Lady Vikings clicked offensively from the start and kept Dollar Bay at bay in their Copper Country Conference debut.
Baraga got off to a 10-0 run to start the game, keeping the Bays off the board for several minutes, then kicked it into high gear in the second quarter, scoring 26 points for a 39-12 halftime lead.
"It was really nice just to get that early lead and have that early intensity right from the get-go. We sent the message early. It really helped having that first game against Houghton. I think the girls realized the type of intensity that we need," Baraga coach Mariah Dunham said.
Jenna Heikkinen led Baraga (1-1) with 19 points, but three others had at least eight, as Dunham said the team was exhibiting excellent ball movement, particularly in the second quarter.
"We just had a couple of players catch fire that quarter. It was really nice to see the ball move to different people and to be able to make our lay-ups and put the ball in the basket," she said.
The Bays' Julia Daavettila led all scorers with 21 points. Dollar Bay (0-1) hosts Chassell Friday night.
Baraga, which won the JV game handily, is at Ontonagon Friday.
Dollar Bay 7 5 12 13 - 37
Baraga13 26 13 13 - 65
Dollar Bay - Julia Daavettila 21, Bebe Willis-Jordan 7, Katie Daavettila 4, Sam Ozanich 2, Megan Kangas 2, Jamie Sertich 1; FT: 12-22; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 3.
Baraga - Jenna Heikkinen 19, Taryn Nurmela 9, Rebecca Larson 9, Brittany Nieskes 8, Shannon Fish 6, Taylor Swanson 6, Gabby Mayo 3, Tori Lasanen 3, Melissa Putala 2; FT: 12-20; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Larson 3, Heikkinen 3, Rasanen 1.