L'ANSE - L'Anse's offense found its gear and the Purple Hornets found their 10th win of the season Friday, defeating Ontonagon 49-38 in a make-up game.
"We spaced the floor better, we scored a little bit in transition off steals. Our defense was good, it was aggressive, it waa really tight and we didn't foul," L'Anse coach Scott Lloyd said.
Leading the way was point guard Madi Swanson, who pumped in her third-best scoring total of the season with 28 points. Swanson added nine rebounds and six steals.
L'Anse took a 13-5 lead after a quarter and built it over the next two to an insurmountable 40-26 edge after three.
Both teams are talented, but diminutive, which played into L'Anse's strengths.
"We finally played a team our size," Lloyd said.
The Gladiators (10-3), who had a five-game win streak snapped, got 10 points apiece from Brooke Turin and Chelsea Truscott. They host Ewen-Trout Creek Monday.
L'Anse (10-5) hosts West Iron County Monday.
Ontonagon 5 8 13 12 - 38
L'Anse 13 10 17 9 - 49
Ontonagon - Brooke Turin 10, Chelsea Truscott 10, Brilynn Pollard 6, Bobbi Ross 5, Amber Luokka 3, Rebecca Karttunen 2, Chloe Ashley 2; FT: 6-11; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: Turin; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, Luokka 1.
L'Anse - Madi Swanson 28, Kelsey Ross 8, Abby Hendrickson 4, Jackie Lister 2, Abby Marinich 2, Alyssa Norback 2, Kelly Larson 2, Kayla LaBerge 1; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ross 2, Swanson 1.