Ishpeming Hematites Girls Basketball Downs Calumet 61-49 – 12/20/16

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Ishpeming, Michigan December 20, 2016 – The Ishpeming Hematites Girls Basketball Team overcame a slow start to defeat the Calumet Copper Kings in Ishpeming Wednesday night. It was a good win against a tough opponent that kept the Hematites’ record unblemished on the young season. 

The first quarter for the Hematites didn’t go the way they planned. After the first few possessions went back and forth with teams trading baskets, the Copper Kings took control.  The Hematites took the lead on a Mariah Austin basket, and went up 7-4. From there, Calumet went on a 12-0 run to gain control 16-7.  The Copper Kings took the 9 point lead into the 2nd quarter. 

The biggest lead of the night for Calumet came early in the 2nd quarter when they went up 24-12. From there the Hematites defense put the clamps on.  After Calumet scored to go up 24-12, only 20 points were scored between the two teams the rest of the quarter. The Hematites registered 18 of those 20.  The Hematites were hitting shots, particularly from outside, and prevented the Calumet offense from getting any good looks. This lead to the Hematites taking a 30-26 lead into halftime. 

Ishpeming came out of the locker room guns blazing.  They hit 3-pointers on their first 2 possessions and then registered 4 more unanswered points to start out the 3rd quarter on a 10-0 run.  Just when Calumet cut the deficit to single digits, Madigan Johns hit a big 3-pointer to re-extend the lead and stop the Copper Kings hope of a big run. 

With Calumet down 10 to begin the final quarter, and registering the first basket, Johns came up big once again. She scored the next two buckets for the Hematites to extend their lead to 12.  The lead, and the Hematites defense, proved too much to overcome as the Hematites beat Calumet by a final of 61-49. 

The win improves the Hematites to a perfect 4-0 on the young season. They look to stay unbeaten when they take on the Westwood Patriots on Thursday, December 29th.  We’ll have all the action for you live on 98.3 WRUP and WRUP.com. 

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