ISHPEMING - A pressure defense that forced Iron Mountain into 26 turnovers Thursday night sparked host Ishpeming High School to a 54-27 Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball victory.
"I was pleased with our full court pressure," IHS head coach Tom Graves said after his team had improved to 6-1 overall and 3-0 in the M-PC. "Our defensive intensity was pretty good."
Jessica Spencer led the Hematites with 15 points and eight rebounds. Teammate Gabby Croley added 12 points off the bench and Morgan Skytta contributed 11.
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Iron Mountain High School junior Vita Hill (40) shoots for three during a game against Ishpeming High School Thursday.
"We got a lot of energy off our bench," Graves said. "Croley scored eight points in the first quarter; (Brianna) Aho played some great defense; (Lindsey) Thompson provided us some spark; and (Chloe) Stetson gave us some quality playing time."
Ishpeming, which turned the ball over just three times in the game, led 14-7 after one quarter and 29-12 at the half.
Alyssa Khor led IM (1-5, 0-3) with nine points.
"We're playing hard and staying positive, which I am happy to see," Iron Mountain coach Ginger Moore said. "Our problems continue to be turnovers and an inability to convert easy layups."
The Mountaineers took the junior varsity contest, 51-43.
Iron Mountain heads to Westwood Monday.
"We are still having fun and getting better everyday."
Summary (field goals, free throws, total points)
IRON MOUNTAIN - Khor, 3-0-9; Gendron, 0-2-2; Herman, 0-1-1; Feira, 3-0-6; Hill, 1-0-2; McCole, 1-2-4; Pirkkola, 0-1-1; Ketcham, 1-0-2. Totals, 9-6-27.
ISHPEMING - Skytta, 3-3-11; Simula, 0-3-3; Spencer, 5-5-15; Aho, 0-2-2; Stetson, 2-2-6; Thompson, 2-1-5; Croley, 6-0-12. Totals, 18-16-54.
Score by quarters:
Iron Mountain 7 5 8 7 - 27
Ishpeming 14 15 14 11- 54
FG shooting: Unavailable; FT shooting: IM, 6 of 9 (66.6 percent); Ishpeming, 16 of 26 (61.5 percent); Rebounding, IM, 42 (Alena Herman 7); Ishpeming, 29 (Jessica Spencer 8).