LAKE LINDEN - Lake Linden-Hubbell fought off a Ewen-Trout Creek rally for its second win of the girls' basketball season, taking the non-conference contest 42-40 Friday.
"It was close basically the whole way. We had a pretty good third quarter where we kind of got back to our style of play," LL-H coach Timm Gast said.
The Lakes led 11-1 early but lost the plot in the second quarter. E-TC outscored LL-H 15-5 and went into the half with a 21-20 lead.
LL-H edged ahead 29-27 after three and maintained the lead into the fourth quarter. With the Lakes up four with three seconds to play, E-TC's Zoey McGeshick connected from the outside to make the final margin.
McGeshick led the Panthers (2-2) with 14 points. E-TC is at home against Wakefield-Marinesco Monday night.
LL-H sophomore point guard Sarah Audette led all scorers with 17 points.
"Sarah Audette has really established herself as the key to making our offense work. She did an excellent job of penetrating the basketball and either converting for points or either finding somebody to convert. She had a great game," Gast said.
Brittni Kisul added 12 for the Lakes (2-1), who took the JV game and have their first Copper Country Conference game Tuesday at Ontonagon.
Ewen-TC 6 15 6 13 - 40
LL-Hubbell 15 5 9 13 - 42
Ewen-Trout Creek - Samantha Robl 4, Rebekah Driesenga 3, Casey Suomumaki 3, Taylor Niemi 6, Britney Suomumaki 6, Zoey McGeshick 14, Becca Warnke 4; FT: 13-24; Fouls: 19; Fouled out: Driesenga; 3-point field goals: none.
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Erin Gast 7, Sarah Audette 17, Taylor Shepeard 3, Brooke Corrigan 2, Brittni Kisul 12, Morgan Gast 1; FT: 11-18; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: E. Gast; 3-point field goals: Shepeard 1.
L'Anse 68, Jeffers 23
L'ANSE - The Purple Hornets had little trouble getting to 3-0, though coach Scott Lloyd challenged his team to improve its execution in the second half.
"They decided they would step it up," he said.
Step it up they did. After all but ensuring the victory by leading 33-14 at halftime, they locked it up by outscoring the visiting Jets 24-2 in the third quarter.
Improving communication on defense was particularly important, Lloyd said.
Madi Swanson led all scorers with 20 points, while Kelsey Ross added 15 and Valerie Rajala 13.
Jeffers (0-4) got a team-best seven points from Stephanie Fraki.
Both teams have home games Tuesday: L'Anse hosts Negaunee, while Dollar Bay is at Jeffers.
L'Anse won the JV game.
Jeffers4 10 2 7 - 23
L'Anse20 13 24 11 - 68
Jeffers - Stephanie Fraki 7, Gabby Kyllonen 6, Haley Makela 4, Shelby Seppanen 3, Maria Halonen 2, Abbie Rajala 1; FT: 9-14; Fouls: 9; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
L'Anse - Madi Swanson 20, Kelsey Ross 15, Valerie Rajala 13, Kayla Laberge 8, Kelly Larson 6, Freya Lissy 4, Allison Koskinen 2; FT: 8-12; Fouls: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Swanson 2, Ross 2.