ONTONAGON- Ontonagon found a solution for Julia Daavettila and the Dollar Bay girls just in time to win 37-34 and remain unbeaten in Copper Country Conference play.
"Until we could get a little bit of a handle on Daavettila, it was not looking good at all. Through three quarters, she was pretty much scoring at will," Ontonagon coach Dick Franti said.
Daavettila had 20 points through three quarters as the cold-shooting Gladiators held a narrow 33-30 lead, but the hosts forced a defensive stalemate in the fourth, holding Daavettila off the board in the quarter as the teams evenly split eight fourth-quarter points.
"Not being in the gym was definitely a factor in terms of the shooting, and also defensively, they have good size, they bump us, they make it difficult for us to get the shot we want," Franti said.
DB, which also gave the Glads a tough 35-31 game when the teams met in Dollar Bay in December, had a desperation look at the buzzer but couldn't get it to go.
Ontonagon got 11 points from Bobbi Ross and eight apiece from Brooke Turin and Chelsea Truscott. The Gladiators (9-2, 6-0 CCC) face a home make-up game against Baraga Saturday afternoon.
Dollar Bay falls to 3-8, 1-6 in league play.
Dollar Bay8 13 9 4 - 34
Ontonagon9 15 9 4 - 37
Dollar Bay - Julia Daavettila 20, Carli Daavettila 3, Jamie Sertich 2, Meagan Kangas 6, Sam Ozanich 3; FT: 9-16; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: J. Daavettila 3.
Ontonagon - Molly Domitrovich 4, Chloe Ashley 2, Brooke Turin 8, Brilynn Pollard 2, Bobbi Ross 11, Chelsea Truscott 8, Rebekah Karttunen 2; FT: 7-13; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Chassell 41, Watersmeet 27
WATERSMEET - Chassell's Jamie Dompier posted a triple-double as the Panthers downed Watersmeet in non-league play Thursday.
The senior guard racked up 16 points, 11 steals and 10 rebounds. She came within just three assists of the even rarer quadruple-double.
On the team front, the Panthers upped their record to 7-4.
"After halftime, they picked it up and really started getting some shots, making them and doing really well defensively," Chassell coach Brandi Hainault said.
Neither side had a great first half, but the Panthers slowly expanded on a 12-10 halftime lead, then put it away with a 15-7 fourth-quarter advantage in one of their best defensive efforts of the season.
"They were really good with pressuring the ball and help defense. As sooon as they drove we were able to stop them in the lane," Hainault said of her team.
Chassell got 12 points from Kirsten Daavettila.
Chassell5 7 14 15 - 41
Watersmeet6 4 10 7 - 27
Chassell - Jamie Dompier 16, Karli Michaels 5, Kirsten Daavettila 12, Maddie Huhta 2, Tawna Ryynanen 4, Julia Pietila 2; FT: 0-1; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Dompier 2, Michaels 1.
Watersmeet - Michaela Burke 8, Frannie Zelinski 8, Jasmine McGeshick 11; FT: 3-4; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Lake Linden-Hubbell 31, Hancock 29
LAKE LINDEN - The fourth-quarter magic swung Lake Linden-Hubbell's way Thursday.
Hancock opened the game on a 6-0 run and led most of the way until LL-H's Brittni Kisul scored her first bucket of the game with 1:17 to go to tie it at 29. Brooke Corrigan hit Kisul for another basket to give the Lakes the lead for good with 37 seconds left.
After an exchange of turnovers and an unsuccessful Hancock shot, the Lakes drained the clock against a Bulldog team with fouls to give.
"We were down the last couple of games ... we were very flat, but we came out very strong. We came out intense and motivated in this game and we wanted to win and we got it," LL-H coach Timm Gast said.
The Lakes (5-6) won despite not putting a scorer in double figures and recording their lowest offensive output of the season thus far. Gast attributed it to tough Bulldog defense.
"It was a hard nut to crack," he said.
Abby Sutherland had eight for the Lakes, who host Watersmeet Monday night.
Taylor Mattson led Hancock with 13 points. The Bulldogs (4-9) are at Calumet Monday.
Hancock 8 12 7 2 - 29
LL-Hubbell 6 11 8 6 - 31
Hancock - Molly Berg 2, Quincy Lorenzetti 6, Kirsten Berg 3, Madisyn Wright 1, Taylor Pertile 3, Laura Berg 1, Taylor Mattson 13; FT: 9-13; Fouls: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: K. Berg 1, Lorenzetti 2, Pertile 1.
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Erin Gast 4, Sarah Audette 6, Abby Sutherland 8, Brooke Corrigan 5, Brittni Kisul 6, Kayla Goodell 2; FT: 8-9; Fouls: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Corrigan 1.
Calumet 61, Jeffers 29
PAINESDALE - Calumet showed no rust from an idle stretch extending over a week, putting three scorers in double figures in a road win at Jeffers.
"They definitely pushed the ball up the floor, they outhustled us and they definitely outrebounded us," Jets coach Kathleen Storm said.
The Copper Kings (9-2), who last played Jan. 15 in a loss at Houghton, scored in double digits in every quarter and got a game-high 20 points from Lexie Rowe. Calumet also got 11 from Kristy Lasanen and 10 from Clara Loukus.
Jeffers put up 11 and 10 points, respectively in the middle quarters to keep pace, but never made up ground, falling to 1-13 overall.
"As soon as we'd start to get a run, we just couldn't hold it," Storm said.
The Jets are at Dollar Bay Monday. Calumet, which won the JV game, hosts Hancock the same night.
Calumet 10 17 14 20 - 61
Jeffers 4 11 10 4 - 29
Calumet - Terra Erkkila 9, Clara Loukus 10, Lexie Rowe 20, Kristy Lasanen 11, Tristan Baranowski 8, Terilynne Budreau 2, Abby Bjorn 1; FT: 6-8; Fouls: 11; Fouled out: none; Technical foul:?Coach Hill; 3-point field goals: Erkkila 1, Loukus 2.
Jeffers - Haley Makela 4, Stephanie Fraki 7, Abbie Rajala 3, Shelby Seppanen 7, Maria Halonen 5, Kelsey Heinonen 2, Kayla Destrampe 1; FT: 6-12; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Fraki 1, Rajala 1, Halonen 1.