EWEN - The Ewen-Trout Creek girls pitched a first-quarter shutout and routed Bessemer 53-25 in Porcupine Mountain Conference play Monday night.
"We pressed them, which didn't cause a whole lot of turnovers, but the pressure got to them and they had difficulty getting shots in the first quarter," E-TC coach Jacky Besonen said after her team jumped to 5-3 overall and 3-0 in the PMC.
Bessemer came to life in the second quarter, getting three treys from Whitney Trcka, but E-TC held a 23-14 halftime lead, then blew it out with an 18-2 third-quarter advantage.
"I was happy with our girls because they finally finished a game," Besonen said.
The Panthers got 12 points from Taylor Niemi and 10 from Brittany Suomumaki as the Speedgirls clamped down in the post on Zoey McGeshick.
E-TC plays at Chassell Thursday night.
Bessemer won the JV game.
Bessemer 0 14 2 9 - 25
Ewen-TC 11 12 18 12 - 53
Bessemer - Kelsey Meinke 7, Whitney Trcka 10, Sarah Trudgeon 6, Claire Tourville 2; FT: 8-15; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Trcka 3.
Ewen-Trout Creek - Samantha Robl 9, Rebekah Driesenga 2, Casey Suomumaki 2, Taylor Niemi 12, Molly Niemi 6, Brittany Suomumaki 10, Zoey McGeshick 6, Becca Warnke 6; FT: 5-13; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: T. Niemi 2, Robl 2.