ONTONAGON - Ontonagon got itself a non-conference girls' basketball victory Tuesday night, though it may have shortened coach Dick Franti's lifespan in the process.
In a finish the longtime skipper likened to a root canal, the Gladiators coughed up an 11-point lead after three quarters, forced overtime and eked out the 45-42 victory over Hancock in the extra session.
"It was looking like a horrendous disaster and we managed to snatch one out of the fire," Franti said.
The win gets the Gladiators (6-2) back on the winning track after back-to-back non-league losses last week.
Hancock (3-7) trailed 33-22 after three quarters, then caught fire in the fourth, knocking down several threes and going 6-for-9 from the free-throw line.
The Bulldogs even led 40-39 until Ontonagon's Chloe Ashley drew a foul with about 30 seconds left and split her free throws.
The Gladiators got the defensive stop they needed, then several more in the overtime, in which they held Hancock to just two points.
"If there's any good sign out of it, it's the fact that when we absolutely had to focus, we did," Franti said.
Brooke Turin led all scorers with 13 points. Bobbi Ross had 11 and Chelsea Truscott 10 for the Gladiators, who travel to Lake Linden-Hubbell for a key Copper Country Conference game Friday night.
Hancock, which got 11 points apiece from Molly Berg and Taylor Mattson plus 10 from Taylor Pertile, is at Chassell Friday. The Bulldogs won the JV game.
Hancock 7 9 6 18 2 - 42
Ontonagon 13 5 15 7 5 - 45
Hancock - Molly Berg 11, Quincy Lorenzetti 6, Kirsten Berg 1, Taylor Pertile 10, Taylor Mattson 11, Lily Williams 3; FT: 6-11; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: M. Berg; 3-point field goals: Lorenzetti 2, M. Berg 1, Williams 1.
Ontonagon - Molly Domitrovich 1, Chloe Ashley 1, Brooke Turin 13, Brilynn Pollard 7, Bobbi Ross 11, Chelsea Truscott 10, Rebecca Karttunen 2; FT: 6-16; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 2, Brilynn Pollard 1.
Negaunee 56, L'Anse 40
NEGAUNEE - Outscoring visiting L'Anse 24-0 in the third quarter, the Negaunee High School girls basketball team posted a non-conference victory over the Purple Hornets Tuesday night.
Ashley Veale paced the No. 5-ranked Miners with 16 points, six rebounds and seven steals. Teammate Rosalie Anderson added 14 points and seven boards, while Kayla Hakala chipped in 13 points.
L'Anse (7-3), which entered the game without top player Valerie Rajala due to a knee injury, lost Madi Swanson to a head injury in the first quarter.
"She hit her head on the floor a couple of times," NHS head coach Brandon Sager said.
"In the third quarter, we kicked it in. We were patient, took good shots and our defense was really good tonight."
The Purple Hornets, which outscored Negaunee subs 23-2 in the fourth quarter, got 15 points from Kelsey Ross.
Negaunee won the JV contest, 46-41.
L'Anse 8 9 0 23 - 40
Negaunee 16 14 24 2 - 56
L'Anse - Koskinen 2, Ross 15, Swanson 7, Larson 4, Norback 4, LaBerge 1, Lister 4, Johnson 2, Lissy 1; FT:?6-13; 3-point field goals?: Ross 2.
Negaunee - Wilber 2, Hakala 13, Veale 16, LaFreniere 2, Randall 2, Cappoferri 2, A. Anderson 3, R. Anderson 14, Romback 2; FT:?7-10; 3-point field goals:?Hakala 2, Veale 1.
Chassell 49, Jeffers 43
PAINESDALE - Chassell proved just a little better down the stretch to earn a Copper Country Conference victory over rival Jeffers Tuesday.
The Panthers overcame eight Jeffers three-pointers with five of their own and put three players in double figures.
"Their shots were falling the last few minutes and ours weren't," Jeffers coach Kathleen Storm said.
Storm and the Jets had reason to be pleased with the performance. Though Jeffers falls to 0-11 (0-4 CCC), the game was the Jets' closest since the season opener against Watersmeet, also a 49-43 game, and marked their highest offensive output in six weeks.
"The offensive end, it was definitely one of our better nights of the year," Storm said.
Chassell (5-3, 4-1 CCC) took advantage of strong guard play, getting 14 points from Jamie Dompier and 12 from Karli Michaels.
"Karli and Jamie both, they can drive the basket and make it all the way to the hoop. All night, they were getting those easy buckets and they could hardly stop them down low," Storm said.
Chassell led 27-21 at the half, but Jeffers drew to two after three quarters and was neck-and-neck through the fourth, which Chassell won 15-11.
Kirsten Daavettila added 11 for Chassell, which plays Hancock Friday night.
Abbie Rajala led all scorers with 16 points for Jeffers. Kelsey Heinonen added 11. The Jets are at Baraga Friday.
Chassell 11 16 7 15 - 49
Jeffers 13 8 11 11 - 43
Chassell - Jamie Dompier 14, Karli Michaels 12, Kirsten Daavettila 11, Sara Kilpela 4, Madeline Huhta 8; FT: 4-7; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Michaels 2, Daavettila 3.
Jeffers - Haley Makela 7, Stephanie Fraki 4, Abbie Rajala 16, Shelby Seppanen 5, Kelsey Heinonen 11; FT: 7-10; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rajala 4, Seppanen 1, Heinonen 3.