Ishpeming, MI – February 28h, 2022 – The Ishpeming Hematites girls basketball team faced off against the Hancock Bulldogs Wednesday night. The game was broadcast live on 98.3 WRUP!
1st Quarter – The Hematites continued their persistence in the Wednesday night game against the Bulldogs but lost the tip off to Hancock. It took some time for the Hancock team to push the score but a couple quick passes reached 2-0 for the Bulldogs. The ball was with the Hematites who were looking to get past the offensive pressure of the Bulldogs who were at 4-0. The Bulldog Kaisa Salani, #23, started off with a strong play and it trickled in, 6-1 still with Hancock. After Lola Korpi had a great steal; she had a great drive and started to grow the Hematites momentum, 6-5. Later in the quarter the Hematites picked up some momentum with under 2 minutes and after a couple free throws, claimed the lead 9-8. The Hematites with some offensive control went into the 2nd quarter leading at 14-12.
2nd Quarter – Entering the second quarter, the Hematites quickly got back on their feet but fouled within the first couple minutes of the 2nd quarter. Under 6 minutes were left in the 2nd quarter as the Hematites took the ball across the court for another successful offensive drive. The Hematite Jenna Maki was unsuccessful at the three point attempt but Olivia Corp caught the rebound and scored, 17-15. Hematites were trying to make the big plays when Caitlynne Barrette, #5, took the ball down, building the team’s confidence, at 19-18 still with Ishpeming. The teams were both pushing down the court with under one minute to go in the 2nd when the Hancock team started to see some more offensive success, at 21-18. The Bulldogs were slowly climbing back up and looking to claim their lead and were closely following the Hematites. The Bulldog, Kalli Chynoweth #11, kept pushing to gain some points but entered halftime still behind the Hematties at 24-18.
3rd Quarter – With the basketball game back underway, Hancock was desperately close to getting their offensive edge back however the Hematites were still controlling at 24-20. The Hematites continued to lead as they didn’t give them any room to move forward and Jenna Maki put down another 3 pointer, 31-24. Far in the lead were the Hematites still looking strong even after Lilly Swanson took the bench. Ishpeming’s offensive drives in this game were strong enough to maintain their lead as they kept pushing down the court at 33-26. The two teams were down to it battling back and forth but the Hematites continued to lead the Bulldogs at 38-32 going into the 4th quarter.
4th Quarter – In the last quarter on Wednesday, the Hematites really kept up their determination as they controlled the Bulldogs, still at 38-32. With their defense controlling the Bulldogs and demanding the victory, Addie Morton, Hematites #2, had a great defensive play keeping Hancock behind. With the Hematites 3 point shooters to score, the 5 minutes left in the game didn’t seem like enough time for the Bulldogs to come back. The Ishpeming team quickly continued another possession with the Hancock team following close behind. At just over 2 minutes till the end of Wednesday night’s match, Hancock continued to steal some offensive momentum but were still trailing at 42-39 and the Hematites wouldn’t slow down. This game had Hematites victory written all over it as they walked into the District Finals and defeated Hancock at 46-41.
ENDING SCORE: 46-41 W