Jeffers boys win; Cal’s Wickstrom gets 35, 15 in win over Negaunee

HOUGHTON — The Jeffers Jets shut down Houghton’s offense in the second half to coast to a 63-29 nonconference win Tuesday in Jeffers.

“Jeffers handed us a good old-fashioned butt kicking,” Houghton head coach Jared Lawson said.

Jaden Wood scored 14 to lead the Jets (11-3), while Nathan Maki (12), Carson Turner (11) and Caleb Maki (10) each reached double digits in scoring.

Jeffers held Houghton to just 10 points in the second half and didn’t allow a made basket in the third quarter.

“As a team, we have gone away what is successful for us when we play well: good defense and ball control offense that allows us to find our offensive threats,” Lawson said. “As a coach, it is my responsibility to make sure that happens.”

Next, Houghton (3-9) goes to Hancock on Friday. Jeffers hosts Chassell on the same day.

Jeffers 17 8 21 17 — 63

Houghton 6 13  1   9 — 29

Jeffers — Wood 14, Caleb Maki 10, Nathan Maki 12, Nicholas 4, Turner 11, Jukkala 5, Jenkins 7. F: 17; Fouled out: None; Free throws: 11-17; 3-point field goals: Wood 4, Nathan Maki 3, Turner 3.

Houghton — Butvilas 8, Strong 5, Sirard 4, Wilson 7, Filpus 5. F: 17; Fouled out: Strong; Free throws: 13-15; 3-point field goals: None.

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NEGAUNEE — The Negaunee Miners didn’t have an answer for Copper Kings 6-foot-3 senior center Hailey Wickstrom, who poured in 35 points and grabbed 15 rebounds.

That included 13 points for her in the first quarter and 12 in the third, the two periods that established Calumet leads.

“We had a game plan for her, trying to deny the pass into her, but our defense just wasn’t what we needed it to be,” Miners coach Brandon Sager said. “When she catches it in close to the basket, she’s just about impossible to stop.”

In the opening quarter, the Kings jumped ahead 17-14 by the end of the period before Negaunee bounced back to go ahead 32-25 at halftime. Calumet (10-4) turned it around in the third to go ahead 45-39 entering the fourth.

The Miners (10-5) scored the first basket of the fourth quarter to pull within 45-41, then missed several wide-open 3-point attempts that would’ve nearly evened the game.

Brooke Kariniemi aided the Kings’ cause with 11 points.

Both teams return to action at home on Thursday. Negaunee, which won the JV game, 58-18, hosts Iron Mountain while Calumet faces Escanaba.

Summary (field goals, free throws, total points)

CALUMET — N. Anderson 2-4-8, Bjorn 0-1-1, Johnson 1-0-2, Kariniemi 5-0-11, Wickstrom 15-4-35. Totals 23-9-57.

NEGAUNEE — Karki 3-0-9, C. Johnson 4-0-9, Fezatt 1-5-8, Jacobson 1-0-2, Norman 1-3-6, Kontio 2-0-4, Nelson 4-0-9. Totals 16-8-47.

Calumet               17      8    20    12    57

Negaunee            14    18      7      8    47

FG shooting: Calumet, unavailable; Negaunee, 16 of 49 (32.7 percent); FT shooting: Calumet, 9 of 14 (64.3 percent); Negaunee, 8 of 12 (66.7 percent); Rebounding, Calumet, unavailable; Negaunee, 22 (Madysen Kontio 6).