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Roundup: Cardinals spill Dollar Bay; Chassell wins

DOLLAR BAY — Despite leading after one quarter and having a strong start to the second half, the Dollar Bay-Tamarack City Blue Bolts girls basketball team ultimately fell to the Wakefield-Marenisco Cardinals, 51-44, at home Friday night.

The Blue Bolts got six points out of Ashlea Datto to open the game strong. Datto finished with a team-high 13 points, including a three in the third quarter.

Kendra Kangas also drained a three in the opening eight minutes of play. By the time the buzzer sounded, Dollar Bay led 14-12.

In the second quarter, the Cardinals stormed back with 17 points.

Looking to bounce back in the third, the Blue Bolts did just that, with Datto and Cavis hitting threes as Dollar Bay shaved four points off the Cardinals’ advantage and trailed 37-26 going into the fourth quarter.

The Blue Bolts could only manage a three from Cavis, a two-pointer from Datto, and some free throws in the fourth as the Cardinals pulled away for the win.

Wakefield 12 17 8 14 — 51

Dollar Bay 14 10 12 8 — 44

WAKEFIELD-MARENISCO (51): Tarro 12, Ahonen 7, Yon 24, Hewitt 8; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Ahonen 1.

DOLLAR BAY (44): Datto 13, Kangas 6, Cavis 12, Myllyoja 6, Turner 3, Louma 2, Gaunt 2; Fouls 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals Cavis 2; A. Datto 1, Kangas 1.

Chassell 53, Bessemer 26

BESSEMER — Even though they did not drain a three on the night, the Chassell Panthers girls basketball team found a way to balance their scoring and earn a 53-26 victory on the road over the Bessemer Speedgirls on Friday.

“We didn’t shoot the ball great tonight, but we did a good job of getting out in transition and attacking the basket,” said Panthers coach Bill Sleeman.

The Panthers got off to a bit of a slow start, scoring 15 points in the opening quarter thanks to a pair of baskets from Alia Palosaari, who led the team with seven assists, and Shannon Rantamaki.

In the second quarter, Paige Sleeman got going, racking up seven of her game-high 23 points, with five coming off free throws to help pace the Panthers to a 13-point quarter and a 28-16 lead at the half.

Paige Sleeman added 11 rebounds, six assists and seven steals to go with her 23 points.

ALSO: Houghton beat Lake Linden-Hubbell 78-5 on Friday, but no details were provided.

Chassell 15 13 17 8 — 53

Bessemer 14 2 4 6 — 26

CHASSELL (53): Holombo 2, Warren 5, Sleeman 23, Palosaari 8, Rantamaki 6, Huhta 8; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

BESSEMER (26): Novascone 3, McGeshick 3, Fingeroos 8, Aili 7, Matonich 5; Fouls: 13; Fouled out: Janczak; 3-point field goals: Aili 2, Matonich 1.

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