HOUGHTON - Houghton solved Kingsford's trapping defense, and with it, the host Flivvers in non-league play Friday, winning 70-47.
"I thought overall, our girls played 32 minutes of basketball, never really had a dry spell or a weak quarter defensively, and I thought that was a big key in the game," Houghton coach Julie Filpus said.
The Gremlins (12-1) gave themselves a cushion by outscoring the Flivvers 16-9 in the first quarter, but it wasn't until midway through the second half they could truly consider the win in the books, with help from a balanced offense.
"We spread the floor out against their pressure, and knocking seven threes down by four different people, it keeps the defense a little more honest," Filpus said.
Four Gremlins scored in double figures, led by 18 from Elisa Jurmu.
Ashlyn Kero put in 16, Sydney Dillinger 15 and Kelsie Richards 12. Jurmu had five steals and Richards eight rebounds.
Amber Larson led Kingsford with 13 points.
Houghton plays at L'Anse Monday in a key WestPAC showdown.
Kingsford 9 14 13 11 - 47
Houghton 16 14 19 21 - 70
Kingsford - Janae Walters 4, Jaelyn Jennings 6, Sammy Lindemann 2, Annika Erickson 8, Hannah Tresedder 4, Amber Larson 13, Courtney Qualley 10; FT: 5-6; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Qualley 2, Erickson 2.
Houghton - Noelle Polakowski 5, Ashlyn Kero 16, Michelle Laux 2, Sydney Dillinger 15, Kelsie Richards 12, Elisa Jurmu 18, Morgan Colling 2; FT: 7-9; Fouls: 8; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Polakowski 1, Kero 2, Dillinger 1, Richards 3.
Ewen-Trout Creek 42
EWEN - It was tied midway through the fourth quarter, but E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said visiting Baraga made fewer careless turnovers and were stronger on the glass in an eight-point victory.
"Throughout the game, we need to get rid of those (careless turnovers), and I think that's the difference in the game," she said.
E-TC's Molly Niemi led all scorers with 18 points, while Becca Warnke and Taylor Niemi had 12 apiece.
The Panthers (2-9) host Wakefield-Marenisco Monday in Porcupine Mountain Conference play.
Gabby Mayo, with 10 points, led the Baraga offense. The Lady Vikings (2-10), who ended a seven-game losing streak, are at Chassell Monday night.
Baraga 13 13 10 14 - 50
Ewen-TC 12 11 9 10 - 42
Baraga - Amber Tervo 2, Audrey Barrett 8, Kelly Massie 1, Jenna Heikkinen 9, Melissa Putala 6, Shayla Mayo 5, Gabby Mayo 10, Tori Rasanen 7, Tessa Gilbertson 2; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Heikkinen 1, Rasanen 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek - Molly Niemi 18, Becca Warnke 12, Taylor Niemi 12; FT: 9-16; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 3.