Ishpeming Hematites Girls Basketball (49) VS Escanaba Eskimos (44) on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com 12/17/2015

Escanaba, Michigan – December 15th, 2015 – Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau were in Escanaba, MI for the Ishpeming Hematites game against the Escanaba Eskimos on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com. The Hematites looked to keep their season going strong, and Mike and Bob brought you their stats and predictions during the Honor Credit Union pregame show!

The opening tip-off was taken by the Escanaba Eskimos, and they quickly made a drive to the basket, scoring the first points of the game. The Ishpeming Hematites were unable to answer on their next drive, but they played some great defense against the Eskimos. Despite the tough defense put up by the Hematites, the Eskimos jumped out to an early 7-0 lead. Marissa Maino scored the first points of the game for Ishpeming, and the Hematites made some ground up, reducing their deficit to only two points with one minute left in the first quarter. The first quarter ended with the score tied at 11-11, only on 98.3 WRUP!

Marissa Maino opened the second quarter for the Ishpeming Hematites by nailing a long three point shot to give the Hematites their first lead of the game. The Escanaba Eskimos regained the lead after scoring two consecutive jump shots, but Ishpeming did their best to keep the game close. The score remained close for much of the second quarter, but Ishpeming retook the lead with just over one minute left in the first half of play. The Hematites were able to hold the lead as the second quarter ended.

First Half Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 22
Escanaba Eskimos: 18

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The Escanaba Eskimos were again able to win the second half tip-off, but Ishpeming’s defense came up big and stopped their first drive of the second half. Hannah Smith had an excellent rebound, which she put back up through some tough defense for two more points. Khora Swanson had some great defensive plays during the second half, and Mariah Austin helped keep the Ishpeming Hematites in the lead when she nailed a three-pointer midway through the quarter. With just over two minutes left in the third quarter, Escanaba tied the game up at 30-30, but Ishpeming’s full court press allowed the Hematites to retake the lead. With just thirty second left in the quarter, Escanaba tied the game up, and it would all come down to the fourth quarter.

The Ishpeming Hematites opened the final quarter of play in control of the ball, but the Eskimos defense did their best to hold off the Hematites. The score remained close as both teams defense did their best to shut down any offense, but fouls were integral to both teams scoring with such tough defense. With a score of 41-38 and the Hematites leading, Khora Swanson again nailed a huge three point shot to put some distance between the two teams. With only one minute left in the game, the score was 46-42 with the Hematites leading, and both teams continued to play their hearts out as the game wound down.

Final Game Score:
Ishpeming Hematites: 49
Escanaba Eskimos: 44

LISTEN – FULL GAME – The Ishpeming Hematites defeat the Escanaba Eskimos 49-44 during Hematite Thursday Night on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com!

Join us next Tuesday as the Ishpeming Hematite girls take on the Calumet Copper Kings in Calumet, MI. Mike Plourde and Bob Nadeau will have the Honor Credit Union Pregame Show for you along with all the exciting action, only on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com! Don’t miss a beat!

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