CALUMET - Calumet overturned a seven-point second-quarter deficit and ran away, defeating next-door neighbor Lake Linden-Hubbell 57-40 Tuesday.
Calumet coach Don Hill said his team made several poor decisions early, but took advantage of foul trouble for LL-H post players Brittni Kisul and Kayla Goodell to make a run, going from seven down in the second quarter to 29-25 up at halftime.
"We built some momentum there and carried it into the second half," Hill said.
The Kings and Lakes continued to trade buckets in the third quarter, which Calumet ended ahead by seven before holding the Lakes to just a pair of points in the last frame to put away their fifth straight win to open the season.
Abby Bjorn had a season-high 14 points for the Kings and helped get other players involved including outside shooting from Kristy Lasanen. Lasanen drilled four triples and led all scorers with 20 points.
"She did a good job of making good decisions in the second half, either shooting or kicking out," Hill said of Bjorn.
Kisul led LL-H (2-3) with 14 points. The Lakes are off for Christmas break until a Jan. 4 trip to Houghton.
Calumet, which won the JV game handily, will play its next game Dec. 28 at Northland Pines, Wis. The home game with L'Anse scheduled for Thursday has been bumped back to Jan. 3 to allow the Purple Hornets to recover from the illness that has closed the school district 2 1/2 days this week.
LL-Hubbell13 12 13 2 - 40
Calumet12 17 16 12 - 57
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Erin Gast 8, Sarah Audette 4, Taylor Shepeard 3, Brooke Corrigan 5, Brittni Kisul 14, Morgan Gast 4, Kayla Goodell 2; FT: 7-10; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Shepeard 1.
Calumet - Terra Erkkila 4, Meghan Westcott 2, Lexie Rowe 6, Kristy Lasanen 20, Tristan Baranowski 3, Terilynne Budreau 6, Katie Djerf 2, Abby Bjorn 14; FT: 11-16; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Lasanen 4, Baranowski 1, Bjorn 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek 41, Jeffers 38
PAINESDALE - A 19-point second quarter provided Ewen-Trout Creek with just enough cushion to make it to the end Tuesday.
The Jets led 11-8 after eight minutes, but struggles keeping up with E-TC's offense, particularly Zoey McGeshick, led to a 27-15 halftime deficit not even a 12-2 fourth-quarter advantage could erase.
"We couldn't get the opportunities that we wanted. We had some great looks but couldn't get the basket to tie it up," Jeffers coach Kathleen Storm said.
McGeshick's 21 points were a season high.
For Jeffers, Kelsey Heinonen (back from a wrist injury after missing three games) and Haley Makela co-led offensively with 10 points apiece. Heinonen also added 10 boards for the double-double.
"It was fun to see my girls compete and hopefully we can use this and keep moving forward," Storm said.
The Jets (0-7) return to the floor after the holidays with a Jan. 4 home game against Ontonagon. Jeffers won the JV game.
E-TC (4-3) is idle until a Jan. 7 home game with Bessemer.
Ewen-TC8 19 12 2 - 41
Jeffers11 4 11 12 - 38
Ewen-Trout Creek - Samantha Robl 4, Casey Suomumaki 4, Taylor Niemi 4, Brittany Suomumaki 6, Zoey McGeshick 21, Becca Warnke 2; FT: 3-8; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Jeffers - Haley Makela 10, Stephanie Fraki 2, Abbie Rajala 8, Shelby Seppanen 4, Kelsey Heinonen 10, Kayla Destrampe 4; FT: 5-12; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: Technical foul: Bench; 3-point field goals: Rajala 2, Heinonen 2.