ONTONAGON - Lake Linden-Hubbell grabbed its first win over Ontonagon in recent memory Saturday and made the Gladiators sweat out the finish of the Copper Country Conference race.
The Lakes' 46-40 decision over the Gladiators means Ontonagon will have to win at home vs. Chassell tonight for sole possession of the league crown.
For the Lakes, it was an encouraging sign going into the district tournament and a close game in tough circumstances.
"We did convert on a lot of our opportunties, but when it came right down to the end, it was our poise that put us over the edge," Lakes coach Timm Gast said.
Neither side made a big run. Ontonagon led by one after a quarter, LL-H was up 25-22 at half and 35-33 after three.
LL-H (8-9, 4-5 CCC) had significant foul trouble issues throughout the second half and lost leading scorer Brittni Kisul to her fifth just a few minutes after halftime. The Lakes hung tough, though, led by guard Sarah Audette, who was 6-for-6 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter, finishing with a team-best 14 points.
Brooke Corrigan pitched in 11 points, including a pair of threes.
The Lakes also limited the Glads to just two three-pointers, one in each half, an issue Gast said the team has addressed in the second half of the season.
Brooke Turin led all scorers with 15 points, while Bobbi Ross added 11 for Ontonagon (11-7, 7-2), which has lost four games in a row.
Ontonagon won the JV game.
LL-Hubbell 8 17 10 11 - 46
Ontonagon 9 13 11 7 - 40
Lake Linden-Hubbell - Erin Gast 7, Sarah Audette 14, Abby Sutherland 2, Brooke Corrigan 11, Brittni Kisul 4, Kayla Goodell 8; FT: 12-19; Fouls: 18; Fouled out: Kisul; 3-point field goals: Corrigan 2.
Ontonagon - Chloe Ashley 4, Brooke Turin 15, Brilynn Pollard 3, Bobbi Ross 11, Chelsea Truscott 7; FT: 10-16; Fouls: 16; Fouled out: Pollard; 3-point field goals: Turin 1, Pollard 1.