Girls basketball roundup: Golliher, Wykons edge past Maroons 49-48

MENOMINEE — Call the paint the Garden of Eden Golliher.

Golliher received an inbounds pass with four seconds left, spun on the defender on the left block and knocked down a left-handed shot to give West Iron County a 49-48 win over Menominee on Thursday.

Golliher finished with 25 points while Colbi Laturi had 12.

The Wykons led through most of the game and had its largest lead at 10 in the third quarter. Menominee pressed, causing turnovers that led to points. The Maroons grabbed the lead with 22 seconds remaining.

West Iron head coach Eric Shamion said Menominee was the quickest team the Wykons have faced this year, which made its press more effective. Plus, he said, his team had just handed Negaunee its first loss of the season two nights before.

“We had some lingering effects from Tuesday night against Negaunee,” he said said. “We were a little bit tired. Menominee’s quick and they’re a solid team.”

West Iron hosts Ishpeming on Monday.

West Iron 15 16 7 11 — 49

Menominee 11 14 5 18 — 48

WEST IRON COUNTY (49): Golliher 25, Laturi 12, Malmquist 6, Nelson 5, Stine 1. FT: 12-16. F: 16. 3PT: Laturi 2, Golliher 1.

MENOMINEE (48): E. Hofer 20, Anderson 10, Barrette 8, Nolde 5, Wellner 2, J. Hofer 2, S. Barrette 1. FT: 10-20. 3PT: E. Hofer 2, E. Barrette 1, Nolde 1.

Niagara routs Coleman

COLEMAN, Wis. — Niagara handily dispatched Coleman 74-45 on Thursday.

Jasmine Racine’s 19 points led the Badgers (10-2). Cassie Gill had 12 points and 14 rebounds, and Cailin Hagerty had 11 points and 14 rebounds.

“It was a good game for us. Coleman plays a lot of different defenses and uses a lot of different presses,” Niagara head coach Karl Lamoreaux said. “It’s good for the girls to react to changes on the fly. I thought we did a good job of that tonight. We rebounded very well tonight, played good defense. I’m very happy with the effort and execution of offense. I’m happy with where the team’s going.”

Niagara followed up a 36-point first half with 38 in the second half.

Coleman JV won 22-17.

Niagara hosts Wausaukee today.

The Badgers lost 74-33 in a Nov. 27 meeting. But with Niagara rolling on a six-game winning streak, having lost just once since facing Wausaukee, Lamoreaux said he expects a better showing.

“We let them run the court and we didn’t rebound as well as we should have or could have,” Lamoreaux said. “I just don’t think I had them ready to play that night. I think they’re more ready now. Wausaukee’s a very good team, they only have one loss on the year and htey’re for year. We have our work cut out for us but I think we’ll have a much better showing tomorrow.”

— Information compiled by sports editor Adam Niemi.

Florence spills Three Lakes

THREE LAKES, Wis. — A second-half spurt sent Florence past Three Lakes 68-57 in Northern Lakes Conference girls basketball Thursday.

The Bobcats (6-5, 3-3) trailed 32-29 at halftime. Florence head coach Brad Perry cited an 18-4 run in the second half where Jenna Springer connected on two threes and Jordyn Springer had one.

“I don’t think we missed a shot in that span,” said Perry, noting his team erased a seven-point deficit with nine minutes remaining.

Jenna Springer’s 24 points, seven assists and four steals led Florence. Savannah Vassar added 12 points and Jordyn Springer had 10 points with 10 rebounds. Madison Neuens chipped in eight points.

Kathleen Selden had seven points with 13 rebounds and Cassie Larson also scored seven points.

“Kathleen was great on the boards,” said Perry, noting Three Lakes had the size advantage. “She fought hard for each one.”

Three Lakes’ Sydney Lurvey scored a game-high 27 points — 10 in the second half.

“We clamped down on her,” Perry said. “We changed defenses and switched defenders so she wouldn’t get comfortable. She was driving well early. Our help defense was phenomenal in the second half.”

Florence converted 14 of 22 free throws in the game — 7 of 10 late in the second half.

“It was a well played game by both teams,” Perry said.

Three Lakes JV won 24-15.

The Bobcats travel to Mercer on Saturday.