Flivvers knock off No. 5 Esky

Matt McCarthy/The Daily News Kingsford’s Maddy Holmes (15) makes a move to the basket past Escanaba’s Mari Bink Tuesday night at the Kingsford Middle School Gymnasium.

KINGSFORD — Behind 17 points from Brooke Kriegl and 11 from sophomore Tallia Wallis, Kingsford slipped past Escanaba 46-35 here Tuesday night in a Great Northern Conference girls basketball matchup.

Eskymos junior Nicole Kamin netted 16 points.

“I thought our team defense was great tonight,” Flivvers head coach Lisa Harry said. “We had to keep a couple of their players in check and we did that tonight.

“We rebounded really well too and did a better job in the second half with taking care the ball and minimizing turnovers. It was a nice team win against a conference team.”

Escanaba, who came into the game ranked No. 5 in this week’s U.P.S.S.A. Division 1-3 poll, falls to 9-6 on the season.

Harry also noted that a lot of different girls stepped up and hit some shots, and the team starting to shoot better overall.

Maggie Strehlow was high rebounder with 12, and Kriegl had five steals for the Flivvers, who improved to 7-8 on the season.

Escanaba head coach Mike Beveridge was assessed two technical fouls in the fourth quarter, essentially getting thrown out of the game.

Kingsford hits the road for the next two games, which are also GNC games, beginning Friday night at Marquette. On Monday night, the Flivvers travel to face undefeated Menominee. The Maroons are ranked the unanimous No. 1 in this week’s U.P.S.S.A. Division 1-3 poll,

The Flivver JV improved to 15-0 on the season with a 44-40 win over Escanaba. Allie LaVarnway and Abby Terrian paced the Flivvers, while Katelyn Stalboerger led Escanaba in scoring in the losing effort.

Escanaba 8 8 7 12 — 35

Kingsford 13 6 11 16 — 46

ESCANABA: Barron 2, Bink 5, Hughes 2, Kamin 16, Wallin 4, Ray 6. FT: 12-19. F: 19. 3-point FG: Bink. Fouled Out: Kamin. Technical Fouls: Escanaba head coach Beveridge (2) – ejection.

KINGSFORD: Wallis 11, Strehlow 4, Glodowski 4, Holmes 2, Kriegl 17, Doolittle 4, Olkkonen 4. FT: 14-21. F: 21. Fouled Out: None.