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Gervais sparks Finlandia women

December 8, 2012
By Paul Peterson - For the Gazette , The Daily Mining Gazette

HANCOCK - For someone who hadn't played organized basketball for two years, Hailey Gervais looked pretty darn good Friday night.

The former Hancock High standout dropped in six 3-point baskets on the way to a game-high 25 points to lead Finlandia University to a 68-56 win over Northland College in women's college basketball play at Paavo Nurmi Gym.

"Hailey (Gervais) has been a very pleasant surprise for us," FU coach Jason Keefer said afterward. "I knew she hadn't played for a couple of years, but she asked to come in and try out for the team before the season began. It's worked out really well."

The Lady Lions were trailing by a 17-16 margin with five minutes left in the opening half when they discovered the three-point line in a big way.

Gervais, a 5-foot-7 junior, knocked down three triples and teammate Paige Yoho added two more treys to key a 16-2 run that made for a 32-19 bulge at the intermission for the Blue and White.

Keefer said his team likes to shoot from long range.

Fact Box

Northland - Allison Blackford 9, Sam Stanfield 22, Theresa Stewart 10, Jessica Jaeckel 6, Cassandra Baum 7, Jordan Fetters 2. FG: 17-52; Rebounds: 38 (Jaeckel 9); Fouls: 14; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Stanfield 5, Blackford 2, Baum 1. Stewart 1.

Finlandia - Paige Yoho 18, Megan Turunen 5, Marissa Burke 9, Hailey Gervais 25, Brierra Ruska 6, Adrianna Osuna 2, Kaylin Rajala 2, Emma Cole 2. FG: 23-60; Rebounds: 36 (Burke 9); Fouls 14; Fouled out: None; 3-point FG: Gervais 6, Yoho 4, Burke 2, Turunen 1.

Halftime score: FU 32, NC 19.

"We have some kids who can shoot from out there," the Lions skipper noted. "Tonight, we got in a groove ... and I think it helped ... turn around the game."

For the game, the FU cagers were a sharp 13-of-26 from trifecta territory.

The Lumberjills also turned to the long shot after Finlandia scooted to a 39-22 margin early in the second half.

Three triples by Sam Stanfield led a 10-0 surge that narrowed the margin to 39-32 at one point.

The eventual winners got back on track, thanks to the work of Yoho, the former Negaunee High product.

She nailed another trey and added two regular hoops to help the Lions grab a 62-48 lead with five minutes left to play. That essentially wrapped up the team's second victory in six outings.

Yoho notched 18 points and added three steals and three assists.

"When Paige plays within herself, she's really, really good," Keefer commented. "And she played great tonight."

Marissa Burke was steady with eight points and a team-best nine boards, while Megan Turunen (Baraga) and Brierra Ruska combined for 11 points and 12 rebounds.

Northland was led by Stanfield's 22 points, while Theresa Stewart netted 10 more.

Finlandia will be home again today, hosting the College of St. Scholastica in a 1 p.m. contest.



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