Girls roundup: L’Anse upsets Chassell; LL-H, Jeffers get wins

L’ANSE — Despite trailing 18-4 after the first quarter, the L’Anse Purple Hornets rallied to upset the Chassell Panthers 62-58 in the season opener for each team Tuesday in L’Anse.

L’Anse outscored Chassell 23-10 in the second quarter and 20-9 in the fourth to secure the comeback win.

“We talked about playing with some urgency and playing hard,” L’Anse coach Scott Lloyd said. “I don’t think the girls were quite ready for the moment (at the start). I think they left their tenacity in the locker room.

“We closed the gap and were down one at the half. We saw what was possible when you play hard and as a team.”

Addison Mattson and Sarah Dix each led L’Anse with 14 points as the Purple Hornets generated better looks at the basket as the game wore on.

“We have a very unselfish team, and we attacked the paint off the dribble and had a lot more quality looks than they did,” Lloyd said.

Chassell’s Milly Allen led the way with 21 points, and Sydney Danison and Jenna Pietila each added 14 points.

“They’re probably as good as any team we’ll see before the break,” Lloyd said. “I think they were surprised we gave them such a tussle.

“They’ll right the ship. They got the weapons.”

Next, L’Anse heads to Lake Linden-Hubbell on Thursday; Chassell hosts Republic-Michigamme on the same day.

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Chassell18 10 21 9 — 58

L’Anse 4 23 15 20 — 62

Chassell — Allen 21, Pietila 14, Danison 14, Hokenson 5, Huhta 2, Markham 2. F: 15; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 10-13; 3-point field goals: Allen 4, Pietila 2.

L’Anse — Mattson 14, Rice 14, Dix 13, Brown 6, Nankervis 6, Voshkuhl 5, Rice 4. F: 14; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 7-14; 3-point field goals: Mattson 2, Dix.

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REPUBLIC — The Lake Linden-Hubbell Lakes opened the season with a 61-33 win over the Republic-Michigamme Hawks Tuesday in Republic.

Laura Lyons led the Lakes with 17 points, and Kiesrtyn Codere added 16 while McKenna Keranen scored 12 points. Joslynn Perala chipped in with seven rebounds.

“While there are still a ton of things to work on, I was pleased with our movement on offense and looking for the open person, finishing plays,” LL-H head coach Maureen Schick said. “Everyone played and gave me some solid time, and I was pleased with the effort and even with some of the mistakes made. Girls were trying to make plays, which is what I want to see.”

LL-H took control early on, jumping out to an 18-5 lead after the first quarter. From there, the Lakes took a 34-21 lead into halftime before leading all the way to the end.

Next, LL-H hosts L’Anse on Thursday.

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LL-H 18 16 8 19 — 61

R-M 5 16 5 7 — 33

LL-H — Lyons 17, Codere 16, Keranen 12, LePage 7, Perala 5, Seppala 2, Corrigan 2. F: 7; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 3-3; 3-point field goals: LePage, Perala.

R-M — Radcliffe 5, Raisanen 13, Ball 3, Ambuehl 2, DeMoulin 2 Wertanen 6, Westman 2. F: 8; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 1-2; 3-point field goals: Raisanen 3, Ball, Wertanen, Radcliffe.

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BESSEMER — Bessemer opened the season with a 49-38 nonconference victory over Dollar Bay Tuesday night.

“Good first win for us,” Bessemer coach Gerry Pelissero said.

Taylor Manchester led the balanced Speedgirls with 10 points.

Kelsey Kitto ran Bessemer’s slow-down offense effectively in the fourth quarter when it was trying to burn clock, he said.

Paige Isaacson had 13 points to lead Dollar Bay.

Bessemer and Dollar Bay meet in the Copper Mountain Conference matchup Jan. 23

Next, Dollar Bay hosts Baraga on Tuesday.

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Dollar Bay 11 5 7 15 — 38

Bessemer 12 17 6 14 — 49

Dollar Bay – E. Stout 2, A. Giles 1, S. Iacono 2, B. Poyhonen 7, P. Isaacson 13, No. 23 2, B. Casbey 4. FTs: 6-16. Fouls: 12. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Isaacson 3, Stout 1.

Bessemer – Megan Peterson 4, Kelsey Kitto 7, Natalie Sullivan 2, Emily Matonich 6, Caitlin Lynch 8, Katie Emery 6, Karli Trcka 3, Taylor Manchester 10, Hanna Koivisto 3. FTs: 9-14. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: Lynch. 3-pointers: None.

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WATERSMEET — Jeffers won its season opener 73-45 over Watersmeet Tuesday night in Copper Mountain Conference girls basketball.

Watersmeet’s Bethany Baldwin led all scorers with 29 points.

Cierra Stevens led Jeffers with 27 points and Ivy Klemett had 17.

Watersmeet struggled offensively with its youth at the guard position, but they were scrappy in pursuit of rebounds.

“Cierra Stevens for Jeffers had a hot second half from the 3-point line,” Watersmeet coach Brent Besonen said. “In the third quarter, Naomi (Nelson) and Bethany each hit a couple 3s to give us a surge, getting back to a 15-point differential, but then it was downhill.”

Next, Jeffers heads to Hancock on Friday.

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Jeffers 12 18 22 21 — 73

Watersmeet 13 4 14 14 — 45

Jeffers – Brooke Heinonen 1, Ivy Klemett 17, Cierra Stevens 27, Gracia Asiala 6, Marissa Nordstrom 2, Dayna Johnson 2, Dana Kinnunen 4, Emma Pietila 4, MaKenzie Rocchi 2, Leah Pennala 8. FTs: 7-17. Fouls: 10. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Stevens 6, Klemett 1.

Watersmeet – Bethany Baldwin 29, Naomi Nelson 8, Na-Shaniyah Thomas 3, Katrina Lemery 3, Rebecca Caron 2. FTs: 9-12. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Baldwin 2, Nelson 2, Thomas 1, Lemery 1.

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