IRON MOUNTAIN - Iron Mountain, still in search of its first victory, pushed defending Mid-Peninsula Conference champion Negaunee to the brink here Tuesday night but came up a shot short and fell 51-49.
"This is one of the top teams and we played right with them," Mountaineers coach John Hogberg said.
Abby Gerhard led the Mountaineers with 18 points and nine rebounds. Katelynn Johnson, in her second game of the season, scored 13.
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Iron Mountain’s Elli McCole (42) and Kristen Gendron (20) battle with Negaunee’s Rosalie Anderson for a rebound Tuesday night.
Iron Mountain, down 39-36 after three, grabbed a 48-47 lead in the fourth quarter after a Johnson triple. But Negaunee answered with four straight free throws from Adina Anderson.
Iron Mountain's final attempt to tie came in the closing seconds, as Gerhard grabbed a rebound off a missed free throw but was unable to get a shot.
Taylor Wilbur led the once-beaten Miners with 11 points, and Kayla Hakala added 10. The Miners drained seven 3-pointers, including one at the end of the third and two more in the fourth.
"Give Negaunee credit, they hit some tough shots," Hogberg said.
Iron Mountain (0-7) plays at Kingsford Jan. 4.
Negaunee 15 13 11 12 - 51
Iron Mountain 14 11 11 13 - 49
NEGAUNEE: Wilber 11, Hakala 10, Blake 9, Veale 9, R. Anderson 5, M. Anderson 4, Romback 3. FT: 8-16. F: 19. 3-pt FGs: Blake 3, Hakala (2)(, Wilber, Romback.
IRON MOUNTAIN: Gerhard 18, Johnson 13, Pirkola 9, McCole 5, Gendron 4. FT: 13-19. F: 16. FG shooting: 16-43. 3-pt FGs: Johnson (2), Pirkola (2). Rebounds: 25 (Gerhard 9).