Iron River, MI – February 17, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball team picked up its third straight win with a 40-33 victory over West Iron County. Jesse Anderson had the call live from Iron River on Sunny 101.9.
There was plenty of scoring early for both teams, and a Lilly Nelson 3-pointer cut Negaunee’s deficit to 6-5. West Iron countered with an and-one from Danica Shamion to boost their back up to four points. Baskets from Larissa Anderson and Morgan Carlson kept Negaunee in the thick of things, but Danica and Jordan Shamion were doing the scoring for the Wykons. West Iron County scored the final six points of the quarter, and led 17-10 after one.
End of 1st: West Iron County Wykons 17, Negaunee Miners 10
Alyssa Hill started the second quarter off with a basket for the Miners, cutting their deficit to 17-12. Both teams went on a long stretch without points after a high-scoring first quarter, and West Iron County led 19-12 after a pair of free throws. Those two points were the Wykons’ only points of the quarter, and the Miners closed the first half on a run. Carlson hit a 3-pointer and Madi Smith scored to end the half for Negaunee, and the Miners trailed 19-17.
Halftime: West Iron County Wykons 19, Negaunee Miners 17
Hill scored down low to tie the game, and an Emilia Palomaki drive gave Negaunee their first lead, 21-19. The Wykons tacked on a free throw, but Negaunee went on another run. Down 22-21, the Miners went on a 7-0 run behind their defensive performance to take a 29-22 lead. The Wykons added a basket in the final minute of the quarter, but had only scored eight total points in the second and third quarters combined.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 29, West Iron County Wykons 25
The Wykons’ offense came alive in the first couple minutes of the fourth, and a Danica Shamion layup tied the game at 29-29. Nelson made a pair of free throws by Negaunee, but another basket from Shamion tied it back up again. Both teams stayed lock at 31-31 for a few minutes before Anderson hit a 3-point shot for the Miners to take the lead. Hill added to the lead with two free throws on the next possession, and Negaunee led 36-31 with less than two minutes left. West Iron didn’t score again until the final seconds of the game, and Negaunee put the game away with another Hill basket and free throws from Carlson. The Wykons scored 17 points in the first quarter and scored only 16 total in the final three quarters of play. Negaunee’s defense came up big for a 40-33 road victory over West Iron County.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 40, West Iron County Wykons 33
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball team returns to action on Friday, Feb. 19 when they travel up to West Ishpeming to take on the Westwood Patriots! Mark Evans will have the call on Sunny 101.9, and tip-off is scheduled for 7:15 p.m. Go Miners!