LAKE LINDEN The more consistent team proved to be the more successful team Monday as Jeffers edged Lake Linden-Hubbell 45-44 in Copper Country Conference girls' basketball.
The host Lakes (4-6, 2-2 CCC) led by six midway through the third, then fell behind, then led by three with four minutes to play, then fell behind for good.
"We'd get a spurt where we'd get a few buckets, then we'd go for too long of a span and just not be productive offensively," LL-H coach Timm Gast said.
Sarah Audette's three made it a one-point game but time expired before the Lakes could set up to try and steal the ball back.
Jeffers freshman Alexa Clouthier led all scorers with 16 points.
"She does not play like a freshman. She's strong, she has good vision of the floor and understanding of the game. They've got something special on their hands with her," Gast said.
The Jets (5-6, 3-1 CCC) had three other players score nine: Haley Makela, Lindsey Johnson and Shelby Seppanen.
Erin Gast led LL-H with 14 points and matched up with Seppanen, Jeffers' leading scorer.
"Erin played a fantastic game on both ends of the floor," coach Gast said.
Abby Sutherland added 12 points and Audette 11 for LL-H, which is making up a game at L'Anse Tuesday.
Jeffers is at Calumet Thursday.
Jeffers 13 9 11 12 45
LL-Hubbell 9 14 9 12 44
Jeffers Alexa Clouthier 16, Haley Makela 9, Lindsey Johnson 9, Shelby Seppanen 9, Eden Klemett 1, Karen Pietila 1; FT: 15-22; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Clouthier 2.
Lake Linden-Hubbell Erin Gast 14, Abby Sutherland 12, Sarah Audette 11, Kyleigh Audette 4, Carli Ongie 3; FT: 4-7; Fouls: 20; Fouled out: Sutherland; 3-point field goals: Gast 3, Audette 1.
Dollar Bay 54, Baraga 47
BARAGA - Julia Daavettila's 22 points helped the Bays take a half-game lead in the Copper Country Conference standings going into a big showdown with Ontonagon Thursday.
"They got a lot of second-chance baskets ... they're big inside and they know how to rebound," Baraga coach Daryl Putala said.
The decisive quarter may have been the second. The Bays outscored the Lady Vikings 16-6 to take a 30-23 halftime lead, which was enough to last until the end.
It marked another hard-luck defeat for Baraga (1-9, 1-4 CCC), which has six losses by eight points or fewer.
"We're improving I know we are. I'm seeing bright spots scoring-wise. I think if we can just taste that first close victory it could get us over the top," Putala said.
Melissa Putala led Baraga with 15 points and Jenna Heikkinen added 11. Baraga hosts rival L'Anse Thursday.
The Bays, who will be 7-2 (5-1 CCC) when they host Ontonagon, also got 15 points from Carli Daavettila.
Dollar Bay 14 16 10 14 - 54
Baraga 17 6 11 13 - 47
Dollar Bay - Julia Daavettila 22, Carli Daavettila 15, Meagan Kangas 8, Jamie Sertich 7, Alyssa Hakala 2; FT: 10-14; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 2, C. Daavettila 1, Sertich 1.
Baraga - Melissa Putala 15, Jenna Heikkinen 11, Tessa Gilbertson 9, Taylor Swanson 4, Shayla Mayo 4, Tori Rasanen 2, Audrey Barrett 2; FT: 3-3; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 3, Gilbertson 3.
L'Anse 71, Ontonagon 23
L'ANSE - The Purple Hornets' high tempo caused the Gladiators' wheels to come off in non-league play Monday night.
Though Ontonagon was down just 14-12 after a quarter, the rout was on after the Hornets (8-1) outscored the Glads (6-4) 24-2 in the second.
"We ran and went with them pretty well for a quarter, but they had just too much firepower. We ran out of gas and ran out of offensive bullets," Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.
Madi Swanson, who recently became the second-leading female scorer in school history, led all scorers with 20 points, while Kelsey Ross added 19 and Vanessa LeClaire 10.
L'Anse is making up a home game with Lake Linden-Hubbell tonight.
Ontonagon, which will try to end a skid of four losses in seven days with a trip to Dollar Bay Thursday, had 12 points from Brooke Turin.
L'Anse 14 24 20 13 - 71
Ontonagon 12 2 6 3 - 23
L'Anse - Maddie Etelamaki 4, Madi Swanson 20, Valerie Rajala 6, Lindsay Hulkonen 8, Abbey Hendrickson 2, Kelsey Ross 19, Vanessa LeClaire 10, Jackie Lister 2; FT: 5-10; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ross 3, LeClaire 1, Swanson 1, Etelamaki 1.
Ontonagon - Molly Domitrovich 1, Abby Domitrovich 1, Brooke Turin 12, Lori Wardynski 5, Paige Blake 3, Hope Pintar 1; FT: 7-23; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: Rebecca Karttunen; 3-point field goals: none.
Calumet 68, Chassell 30
CHASSELL - Calumet cruised to its seventh victory of the year with the help of 23 assists on 33 made baskets.
"We did a great job of pushing the tempo and making the extra pass in transition," Calumet coach Don Hill said.
Tristan Baranowski had nine assists against just one turnover, in addition to her eight points.
Calumet (7-1) spread the offense around well, as six different players had at least eight points. Lexie Rowe was the leading scorer with 11 and Terilynne Budreau pitched in 10.
The Kings could afford to spread it out with a 36-9 halftime lead.
Chassell (3-8) was led by 15 points from Kirsten Daavettila. The Panthers host Watersmeet Thursday.
Calumet is at home Thursday against Jeffers.
Calumet 11 25 20 12 68
Chassell 7 2 15 6 30
Calumet Clara Loukus 9, Lexie Rowe 11, Tristan Baranowski 8, Loretta Halonen 2, Terilynne Budreau 10, Katie Djerf 2, Nikki Polakova 8, Abby Bjorn 2, Janie Torola 6, Ellen Twardzik 8; FT: 2-5; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Chassell Hannah Tuomi 3, Karli Michaels 5, Kirsten Daavettila 15, Macy Holombo 3, Madeline Huhta 2, Julia Pietila 2; FT: 9-18; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Tuomi 1, Daavettila 2.
Ewen-Trout Creek 46, Republic-Mich. 38
REPUBLIC - The host Hawks couldn't overcome the 1-2 offensive punch of Taylor and Molly Niemi of Ewen-Trout Creek, losing to the Panthers 46-38 in a non-conference prep girls basketball game.
Taylor poured in 20 points and Molly added 19 as E-TC improved to 2-8 overall.
Elizabeth Kangas tossed in 17 points and Kayla DuMoulin chipped in 11 for R-M (0-7).
"Our effort was there and we did some good things," R-M coach Matt Davidson said. "But (E-TC) made some shots down the stretch and we didn't.
"We also went just 3 of 11 from the free throw line."
Ewen-TC 8 17 11 10 - 46
Republic 8 8 11 11 - 38
Ewen-Trout Creek - Taylor Niemi 20, Molly Niemi 19, Skylar Anderson 4, Becca Warnke 3; FT: 10-15; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 4, M. Niemi 2.
Republic-Michigamme - Jarvi 1, S. DuMoulin 2, Kangas 17, K. DuMoulin 11, Johnson 7; FT: 3-11; 3-point field goals: Johnson 1.