HANCOCK - A second-half surge netted Hancock girls' basketball one of its biggest wins in recent years as the Bulldogs knocked off previously-unbeaten Ontonagon 50-41 in non-conference play Tuesday.
"Our focus is obviously win the games that we should win, being a larger school. Before we can defeat the larger schools, we have to make sure we're beating the smaller schools," Hancock coach Jack Johnson said.
"It was a big win for us from a confidence standpoint."
The Bulldogs shot just 5-for-27 (18 percent) from the field in the first half, but remained within 17-10 before Quincy Lorenzetti hit a three-pointer in the closing seconds before the break to draw Hancock within four and spark the offense.
"We were a completely different team in the second half than what we were in the first," Johnson said.
The Bulldogs made 45 percent (13-of-29) of their field-goal attempts in the second half, scoring 37 points and getting the win to reach 6-2 overall.
Taylor Mattson led the Bulldogs with 18 points on 7-of-15 shooting and tough inside play. Lorenzetti added 15 points, including four triples.
Ontonagon was led by 14 points from Brooke Turin, but the Bulldogs defense (led primarily by Taylor Pertile on assignment) held the senior point guard to a season low. She finished 9.5 points below her average and was 6-for-20 from the field.
"We keyed on her and Taylor just did an outstanding job," Johnson said.
The Gladiators (6-1) play at Watersmeet Thursday night.
Hancock returns to the floor Friday for a home game with Chassell.
Ontonagon9 8 14 10 41
Hancock 6 7 18 19 50
Ontonagon Brooke Turin 14, Abby Domitrovich 4, Lori Wardynski 7, Kori Wiesinger 2, Paige Blake 4, Hope Pintar 4, Rebecca Karttunen 5; FT: 5-7; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: Turin; 3-point field goals: Turin 1.
Hancock Mackenzie Brunet 2, Molly Berg 8, Quincy Lorenzetti 15, Maija Sebbas 5, Taylor Pertile 2, Taylor Mattson 18; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Berg 1, Lorenzetti 4.
Negaunee 50, L'Anse 49
NEGAUNEE - Sophomore Courtney Finnila made a pair of free throws with 2.5 seconds to lift Negaunee to a 50-49 victory over L'Anse.
Negaunee, which escaped with a one-point victory over Gwinn last week when Rosalie Anderson sank a pair of free throws with 5.7 seconds left, improved to 6-3 while the Purple Hornets, ranked fourth in the Upper Peninsula girls Class ABC poll released Tuesday, lost for the first time and are 6-1.
"Every time we got a lead we couldn't get comfortable," NHS coach Brandon Sager said. "They're always running."
The Miners built a 16-9 lead after one quarter, protecting it for the next two quarters before L'Anse actually took a late lead.
L'Anse coach Scott Lloyd said his team caught the Miners on a hot shooting night, while his team struggled on the perimeter.
"Either they're that good all the time or tonight was a heck of a good night. They shot extremely well from distance, mid-range," he said.
With 8.8 seconds left, Hornets sophomore Abbey Hendrickson was fouled on a shot and made both free throws to give L'Anse a 49-48 lead. On the ensuing inbounds pass, L'Anse knocked the ball out, eliminating several precious seconds before Finnila broke free for a shot attempt and was fouled by Kelsey Ross.
Anderson finished as the game's high scorer with 16 points while pulling down eight rebounds. Teammate Ashley Tresedder had 14 points and fellow junior Courtney Clickner 12. Finnila scored just four points, but also had four steals and four rebounds.
For L'Anse, senior Madi Swanson scored 14 points, while senior Kelsey Ross had 13, 10 coming in the second half. Senior teammate Valerie Rajala finished with 10.
The Hornets host Dollar Bay Friday.
L'Anse 9 11 15 14 - 49
Negaunee 16 12 16 6 - 50
L'Anse - Alyssa Norback 2, Abbey Hendrickson 6, Valerie Rajala 10, Kelsey Ross 13, Madi Swanson 14, Lindsay Hulkonen 2, Maddie Etelamaki 2; FT: 9-13; 3-point field goals: Ross 1, Swanson 1.
Negaunee - Clickner 12, Tresedder 14, Finnila 4, Richards 4, R. Anderson 16; FT: 6-6; 3-point field goals: Clickner 4, Tresedder 1, R. Anderson 1.
Dollar Bay 61,
Lake Linden-Hubbell 36
LAKE LINDEN - The visiting Bays had too much Julia Daavettila for the rival Lakes to handle Tuesday, rolling to a Copper Country Conference victory on the road.
"She's a strong, strong point guard. We couldn't stop her," LL-H coach Timm Gast said after the senior led all scorers with 25 points.
The senior's total equals a career high, also set against the Lakes when the teams met in Dollar Bay last Feb. 14.
Dollar Bay (6-2, 4-1 CCC) took control of the game by outscoring LL-H 22-7 in the second quarter for a 37-17 halftime lead.
"They controlled the tempo the whole night. They were in control basically from halfway through the first quarter," Gast said.
Jamie Sertich added 19 points for the Bays, who play at L'Anse Friday.
Alexa Destrampe paced the Lakes (3-5, 1-2 CCC), who host Ontonagon Friday, with 11 points.
Dollar Bay 15 22 13 11 - 61
LL-Hubbell 10 7 8 11 36
Dollar Bay Julia Daavettila 25, Carli Daavettila 4, Alyssa Hakala 2, Ciarra Shelp 2, Jamie Sertich 19, Meagan Kangas 9; FT: 10-16; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Sertich 1.
Lake Linden-Hubbell Kyleigh Audette 3, Erin Gast 9, Sarah Audette 6, Abby Sutherland 7, Alexa Destrampe 11; FT: 10-15; Fouls: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Gast 2.
West Iron County 57, Ewen-Trout Creek 29
EWEN Visiting West Iron County wore out the Ewen-Trout Creek girls Tuesday led by 20 points from physical post Meg Miatech.
"West Iron was longer and deeper than us tonight," E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said. "Their height made it difficult for us to get second-chance opportunities on offense."
The Panthers had only three scorers, led by 13 points from Molly Niemi, and fell behind 31-14 by halftime.
E-TC falls to 1-7 overall and hosts Bark River-Harris on Friday night.
West Iron 18 13 13 13 57
Ewen-TC 9 5 6 8 29
West Iron County Alexis Golfis 8, Kizzi Pellizzer 6, Erin Angeli 3, Tori Hoogenboom 5, Monica Eagloski 2, Cassilyn Pellizzer 2, Sydnie Mazurek 4, Meg Miatech 20, Brittanie Barry 3; FT: 8-13; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Miatech 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek Molly Niemi 13, Taylor Niemi 6, Becca Warnke 9; FT: 2-7; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: None.