ONTONAGON - The Ontonagon girls' basketball team swung and missed at its first two attempts to win the Copper Country Conference title outright, but Monday, the Gladiators connected and then some.
The Gladiators blanked Chassell 11-0 in the first quarter and never let the Panthers get a taste of the share of the league title they came looking for, winning the conference finale 50-32.
"Right now, it feels just relief because we've gone through such a tough stretch. We were all beginning to wonder if we would get it done or not," Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said after his Gladiators locked up their fifth CCC crown in six years.
The Gladiators had lost at Baraga and at home to Lake Linden-Hubbell last week in attempts to clinch, but this one was fully in their control early. Ontonagon played the Panthers and star guard Jamie Dompier tight and got a big kick-start in the first quarter from Chelsea Truscott and Brooke Turin on the offensive end, with Truscott scoring five of Ontonagon's 11 first-quarter points and Turin four.
Chassell finally got on the board in the second, but Ontonagon matched its output in each of the next two quarters and held a 43-25 lead after three.
"We were playing good defense. We played kind of a matchup and really watched Dompier close. I thought the girls were active and really into it intensely," Franti said.
Dompier was held to nine points by Ontonagon for the second time this season and did not score in double figures in just the third of 18 games. Kirsten Daavettila led Chassell (10-8, 6-4 CCC) with 13 points including three triples.
Ontonagon's Turin finished with 15 to lead all scorers. Truscott added 14.
The Gladiators (12-7, 8-2 CCC), who also broke a four-game losing streak, have their season finale at home Thursday vs. Ironwood. Chassell wraps up the regular season Thursday at Hancock.
Chassell 0 14 11 7 - 32
Ontonagon 11 16 16 7 - 50
Chassell - Hannah Tuomi 2, Jamie Dompier 9, Karli MIchaels 6, Kirsten Daavettila 13, Madeline Huhta 2; FT: 4-10; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Daavettila 3, Michaels 1.
Ontonagon - Molly Domitrovich 2, Brooke Turin 15, Abby Domitrovich 2, Brilynn Pollard 5, Bobbi Ross 6, Chelsea Truscott 14, Rebecca Karttunen 6; FT: 3-8; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, Pollard 1, Truscott 1.
Calumet 50, Baraga 38
BARAGA - Calumet controlled the fourth quarter and avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.
"I thought their ball pressure and intensity on defense picked up a lot in the fourth quarter," Baraga coach Mariah Dunham said.
The teams entered the final frame tied at 34, but the Copper Kings outscored the Lady Vikings 16-4 over the final eight minutes.
"Other than that it was a battle game between both teams, but unfortunately the ball wasn't going in for us in the fourth quarter and it was going in for them," Dunham said.
For Calumet, Kristy Lasanen knocked down four treys en route to a game-high 18 points, while Terilynne Budreau and Lexie Rowe kicked in 14 and 11, respectively.
Brittany Nieskes had a pair of three-pointers and 14 points to lead Baraga. Katie Schjoth posted a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards.
Baraga concludes its regular season with a 9-11 record and has a first-round district tournament date with Dollar Bay next Monday at Jeffers High School.
Calumet (14-4), which won the JV game, still has two games remaining, including a scheduled trip to Dollar Bay tonight.
Calumet 15 8 11 16 - 50
Baraga 7 12 15 4 - 38
Calumet - Kristy Lasanen 18, Terilynne Budreau 14, Lexie Rowe 11, Clara Loukus 3, Katie Djerf 2, Abby Bjorn 2; FT: 6-9; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Lasanen 4, Rowe 1, Loukus 1.
Baraga - Brittany Nieskes 14, Katie Schjoth 11, Gabby Mayo 7, Shannon Fish 3, Taryn Nurmela 2, Rebecca Larson 1; FT: 4-12; Fouls: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Nieskes 2.
West Iron County 64, L'Anse 39
IRON RIVER - Kylee Erickson drained five triples as West Iron thumped L'Anse 64-39 in WestPAC girls' basketball Monday.
The Wykons put three players in double figures: Erickson, 24; Megan Miatech, 18; and Emilie Christensen, a double-double with 13 points and 14 rebounds.
"We did a great job getting the ball inside to the post," said Wykons coach Mike Dallavalle. "And the post players were able to kick it outside for the open shot."
The Wykons led 32-16 at halftime.
Alexis Golfis tallied eight assists and was credited, along with Erickson, for a strong defensive effort.
"A real tough defense tonight from our girls," Dallavalle said.
L'Anse's starting guards, Madi Swanson and Kelsey Ross, were held to 19 points combined after scoring 36 in a 55-52 win over the Wykons on Feb. 4.
West Iron won the JV game in overtime.
The Wykons (10-9, 4-4) host Stephenson on Thursday. L'Anse (12-7, 4-4)?is scheduled to conclude its season with a home make-up against Lake Linden-Hubbell tonight.
L'Anse 8 8 9 14 - 39
West Iron 15 17 10 22 - 64
L'Anse - Ross 7, Rajala 13, Koskinen 3, Swanson 12, LaBerge 2, Marinich 2. FT: 6-21. FG:?16-72; Rebounds:?L'Anse 57 (Rajala 10); F: 15; 3-point field goals:?Ross 1.
West Iron County - Mazurek 2, Golfis 2, Christensen 13, Erickson 24, Rasmussen 2, Pellizzer 2, Miatech 18, Barry 1. FT: 10-17. FG:?24-67; West Iron 56 (Christensen 14); F: 18; 3-point field goals:?Erickson 5, Miatech 1.