HANCOCK - Tough defense and balanced scoring paved the way for Hancock to ensure double digits in the win columnn for the first time since 2009-10 with a 48-24 non-league home win over Lake Linden-Hubbell Friday.
"Our defense sparked some offense early. We were able to push the tempo and get out in transition," Hancock coach Jack Johnson said.
Johnson noted six steals and strong post play from Mackenzie Brunet. The Bulldogs (10-3), who led 25-13 at the half, had balanced scoring. No one reached double digits, but four players had at least seven led by Taylor Pertile's nine.
On the other end, Erin Gast led LL-H (5-8) with 10 points. The Lakes were without the services of guard Abby Sutherland, who suffered a knee injury late in Thursday's game at Chassell in which she scored 21 points.
Both teams hit the road Monday, Hancock at Dollar Bay and Lake Linden-Hubbell at Calumet.
LL-Hubbell 3 10 4 7 - 24
Hancock 11 14 11 12 - 48
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Kyleigh Audette 3, Erin Gast 10, Sarah Audette 6, Alexa Destrampe 2, Julia Hendrickson 2, Carli Ongie 1; FT: 8-20; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Hancock - Taylor Mattson 8, Molly Berg 4, Quincy Lorenzetti 7, Maija Sebbas 8, Taylor Pertile 9, Madisyn Wright 4, Laura Berg 2, Mackenzie Brunet 4, Taylor Nettell 2; FT: 5-10; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Lorenzetti 1, Sebbas 1, Pertile 1.
Dollar Bay 31
WATERSMEET - Michaela Burke's 17-point night helped the Lady Nimrods spring a surprise on the Copper Country Conference leaders.
The Bays scored 17 points in the first quarter, but went cold from there and had just 14 the rest of the way as Watersmeet passed them up in the fourth quarter.
"When they hit town, they really went after us early," Watersmeet coach Norm Ellenburger said to the Daily Globe of Ironwood. "They really play an excellent game with good players on both ends of the court. They put 17 points in on us before we even woke up."
Meagan Kangas scored 10 points to lead the Bays (10-4). DB hosts Hancock Monday night.
Watersmeet 9 11 22 39
Dollar Bay 17 18 25 31
Watersmeet - Michaela Burke 17, Lauren Ryskey 9, Frannie Zielinski 4, Jessica Barajas 9; FT: 12-18, Fouls: 15, Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Burke 3, Ryskey 1.
Dollar Bay - Victoria Cichosz 4, Julia Daavettila 3, Carli Daavettila 7, Jamie Sertich 7, Meagan Kangas 10; FT: 4-12. Fouls: 19, Fouled out: C. Daavettila, J. Daavettila; 3-point field goals: Cichosz 1, C. Daavettila 1, Sertich 1.
Ewen-Trout Creek 34
EWEN - The Wakefield-Marenisco Cardinals were able to pull away from Ewen-Trout Creek with a 56-34 win on Friday night in Ewen in a Porcupine Mountain Conference matchup.
After picking up a win in night before against Solon Springs (Wis.), the Cardinals used a big second half to take extend a seven-point lead to the final of 22.
E-TC's Taylor Niemi led all scorers with 17 points, 15 of which came in the first half.
"They cut down her (Niemi) looks in the second half," said Panther coach Jacky Besonen. "They really used their press to force turnovers and out hustled our girls. They deserved to win tonight."
E-TC (2-12) will play host to Ontonagon on Monday evening.
W-M 10 27 40 56
E-TC 11 20 30 34
W-M - Hallee Yon 14, Kassidee Yon 9, Lauren Grace 14, Miranda Sibley 4, Darienne Korpi 8, Heather Hemming 7. FT: 12-25. Fouls: 14. Fouled out: None. 3-point field goals: None.
E-TC -Taylor Niemi 17, Emily Dresia 2, Molly Niemi 9, Anderson 2, Becca Warnke 4. FT: 9-13. Fouls: 16. Fouled out: Brittany Myllylahti. 3-point field goals: Niemi 3.