Ishpeming Hematites Girls Basketball (50) VS Gladstone Braves (35) on 98.3 WRUP 12/12/13

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12/12/13 Gladstone Michigan- It was an exciting game for the Hematites as they took on the Gladstone Braves this chilly evening.  It may have been cold outside but it was hot in the gym as both teams battled back and forth for the win.  Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau were there bringing you all the action live on 98.3 WRUP.

The first quarter began with Gladstone winning the tip off.  However, the first play of the game ended with a foul.  Shortly after the Hematites scored the first basket of the game. In retaliation Gladstone made a three point attempt but missed and the ball went out of bounds off of their hands. Both teams continued to move the ball back and forth from player to player ending with Gladstone scoring a three pointer.  Ishpeming retained the ball and tried to put it up again and again but was unable to score.  Various shot attempts continued to be made between both teams throughout the quarter with the Braves scoring again  The Hematites were then fouled and went to the free throw line, but were unable to score the first free throw attempt but was then able to score the second. The Braves then brought on the full court press defense.  Ishpeming utilized great offense and was able to score  After various fouls and free throw attempts, Ishpeming scored again towards the end of the 1st quarter. Gladstone scored with one minute left which caused the score to tie at 8 to 8. Both teams continued with shot attempts in hopes of breaking the tie but the quarter ended with a score of Hematites 8 to the Braves at 8 as well.

Gladstone scored right off the bat with two points to break the tie. The Braves quickly changed into a zone defense against the Hematites.  Both teams battled with excitement.  The Hematites gained the ball and scored another basket to tie the score at 10-10.  Ishpeming was then fouled and went to the free throw line for two shots which were both good.  The Hematites started to press the Braves with their defense.  More fouls were made on both team with their players going to the line for free throws.  Gladstone was unable to make the free throws during one attempt.  Both teams continued to bring the ball back and forth and up and down the court.  Shots were made which increased the excitement. The Hematites scored making the score 14 to 10 with just over three minutes left of the quarter.  Gladstone then made free throws making the score 14 to 12 Hematites still leading.  Ishpeming then scored on a pass down court making the score 16 to 12.  Gladstone attempted a three pointer but was unable to get it in.  Ishpeming made many fouls throughout the quarter while bringing on their tough defense.  Each team was then able to make a basket making the score 18 to 14 Hematies still leading.  Ishpeming was able to score again making the score 20 to 14.  The quarter ended with a final score of Hematites 20 to the Braves at 15 after a free throw..

Ishpeming made a bucket right off the bat to start the third quarter.  At the start of the second half Gladstone had 15 turnovers and Ishpeming had 10.  Gladstone made some good blocks preventing Ishpeming from making shots.  The score became 22 to 17 with Ishpeming leading.  The ball was moved down the court with Ishpeming scoring again making the score 24 to 17 after another great shot.  Ishpeming utilized a screen play against Gladstone pushing the ball out of bounds. With five minutes left of the quarter Ishpeming scored again bringing the score up to 26 to 17.  After a Gladstone turnover the Hematites made another basket bringing the score 28 to 17.  With little over four minute left another basket was made raising the score to 30 to 17, Hematite lead.   Gladstone quickly returned the favor scoring a quick bucket changing the score to 30 to 19. The Braves started to use the zone defense again against Ishpeming instead of the court press.  Ishpeming took the ball in for a lay up and made the points making the score 32 to 19. Ishpeming was able to gain another two points on a foul making the score 34 to 19.  Both teams were able to make baskets quickly bringing the score up to 38 to 21 with Ishpeming leading.  With two minutes left Ishpeming returned to the free throw line again but was unable to score.  Each team continued to battle it out moving the ball up and down court.  Gladstone scored twice making the score 38 to 25 but Ishpeming returned with an instant bucket increasing the score to 40 to 25.  The third quarter ended with a score of the Hematites 40 to the Braves at 25.

To start the fourth quarter Ishpeming threw up a screen play a couple of times.  Ishpeming attempted a three pointer but was unable to score turning the ball over to Gladstone.  The Hematies started to pass the ball around attempting to control the clock. With under 5 minutes left of the game the Braves called a time out.  A foul was then made and a 1:1 shot attempt was made by the Braves. They were able to score both shots making the 40 to 27.  Ishpeming gained the ball and continued to control the clock by passing and moving the ball around.  The Braves stole the ball and made another basket raising the score to 40 to 29, Ishpeming lead, after taking it down court.  Ishpeming got to attempt a 1:1 and scored at both attempts making the score 42 to 29.  Ishpeming got fouled again and returned to the line and scored both points making the score 44 to 29.  In return Gladstone got to shoot a 1:1 free throw after a foul but was unable to score.  The Hematites received a foul again bringing them to the line another time.  Ishpeming scored both shots making the score 45 to 29.  There were a lot of fouls this game between both teams, especially in the fourth quarter as the excitement heated up.  With under three minutes left of the game the Hematites go to the free throw line yet again and make the basket changing the score to 47 to 29 scoring only free throws so far this quarter.  Gladstone made a bucket after the free throws bringing the score 47 to 31.  Hematites returned to the line again for more free throws but were unable to score giving Gladstone the rebound.  Ishpeming regained the ball and scored their first bucket of the quarter making the score 49 to 31.and then making a foul shot raising the score to 50 to 31.  With under two minutes left the Braves took their turn at the free throw line making 50 to 32.  The last minute of the game ended with various shots but ended with a foul bringing the Hematites to the free throw line again. Unable to score their free throws  the  game ended with a final score of 50 to 35, with Gladstone making a basket at the end game buzzer.  The Hematites win with a final score of 50 to 35.

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