Girls basketball: IM takes over, beats Norway

Iron Mountain's Riley Poupore drives past Norway in Tuesday's game. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

NORWAY — Iron Mountain hit consecutive triples to start the second quarter and took command from there to sink Norway 57-33 in non-conference girls basketball Tuesday.

Riley Poupore and Reagan Lundholm connected for the Mountaineers (4-4) only three-pointers out of 13 tries for a 19-9 advantage. Norway (2-6) also had second-quarter threes from Haley Clifford and Mackenzie Clifford but trailed 29-15 at halftime.

“It was a great team effort all the way around,” said IM coach Katelynn Grenier. “We had great balanced scoring.”

Poupore, who was held to two points in the first quarter, finished with a game-high 20. The senior responded with six points in the second quarter and 12 in the second half.

“We wanted to limit Riley Poupore and we were unable to do that other than the first quarter,” said Norway coach Joe Tinti, utilizing a 1-3-1 zone for the first half. “We just were not able to hit our shots.

“We knew we were going to give up a couple but the problem is on our end, our opportunities. Even the easy twos we weren’t hitting.”

Saylor Swartout added 10 points for the Mountaineers. Five other girls had at least four points.

“We were looking for the open person,” Grenier said. “It wasn’t just firing up a one-and-done shot That was nice to see. The girls were patient and passed the ball around, and that’s what made it tonight.”

Six-foot-three Tori Sorensen also gave Norway problems underneath, scoring four points with a putback in the second quarter.

“Tori did great coming off the bench,” Grenier said. “She’s a strong player, aggressive when she gets the ball and has got a good eye for looking for the open girl.”

Ada VanHolla scored nine points and Mariah Gyselinck added eight for the rusty Knights, who last played on Dec. 20. Norway is down to eight players with Holly Mattia (knee) injured.

“We had our opportunities,” Tinti said. “Iron Mountain is a very veteran team with nice skill players. They’re a physical team and we don’t match up size-wise.

“Iron Mountain is a scary team. They have the skill to beat anyone on any given night. I feel the same way about my girls but we have to show up and play our best.”

The Mountaineers also outscored the Knights 12-1 at the free throw line.

In Thursday’s games, Iron Mountain hosts Ishpeming and Norway visits North Central.

Annslee Runsat scored 11 points and Leah Larsen added 10 as Iron Mountain defeated Norway 30-22 in the junior varsity game. Kassi Gyselinck led the Knights with 10.

Iron Mountain 13 16 20 8 — 57

Norway 9 6 10 8 — 33

IRON MOUNTAIN (57): Bal 4, Swartout 10, Lundholm 5, Ellis 6, Poupore 20, Sorensen 5, Diercks 2, Thomann 5 FT: 12-16. F: 11. 3PT: Lundholm 1, Poupore 1.

NORWAY (33): H. Clifford 5, Hosking 2, Neuens 4, Hannah 2, Clifford 3, Gyselinck 8, VanHolla 9. FT: 1-4. F: 13. 3PT: H. Clifford, M. Clifford, Gyselinck 2.

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