West Ishpeming, MI – February 19, 2021 – The Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball team went up the hill on Friday night for a road rivalry game with the Westwood Patriots! It was close in the first half, but a big third quarter from the Miners pushed them a 48-27 win. Mark Evans had the call live from Westwood High School on Sunny 101.9.
The action started fast and furious for both teams, with Negaunee’s Lilly Nelson and Westwood’s Megan Marta nailing 3-pointers. The Miners converted on their first four offensive trips, and took advantage with a 9-3 lead with four points from Morgan Carlson. Natalie Prophet drilled a 3 to cut into Negaunee’s lead and a putback from Mallory Leece shortly afterwards tied the game at 9-9. Carlson converted again for the Miners with a 3-point shot, giving Negaunee back the lead as the quarter came to a close.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 12, Westwood Patriots 9
Nelson got Negaunee off to a good start in the second quarter with a bucket from 3-point range. Westwood stayed close, but another Miner 3-pointer by Larissa Anderson kept Negaunee in front, 18-14. Carlson and Alyssa Hill scored down low for Negaunee, and the Miners led 23-15 in the final minutes of the first half. Summer Dudo added a free throw for Negaunee to counter a Patriots’ basket, and the Miners led 24-17 at halftime.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 24, Westwood Patriots 17
After a close game in the first half, it was slowing turning into a wipeout. Negaunee was on fire to start the second half, and Westwood was having major trouble with turnovers. Palomaki had a nice start to the third, scoring seven points in the first few minutes. Baskets from Nelson and Carlson complemented Palomaki well, and Negaunee all of a sudden had a 35-17 lead. Westwood couldn’t score was having issues with taking care of the ball, and Negaunee’s defense was tough to crack. Westwood finally scored with only 2:24 left in the third after an Ellie Miller free throw. The Patriots put another free throw on the board, but a Palomaki and-one extended the big Miners’ lead. Negaunee outscored Westwood 14-2 in the third, and led 38-19.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 38, Westwood Patriots 19
The fourth quarter was even for the most part, but the Miners held a large lead. Negaunee got baskets from Josie Thompson and Shelby Prusi down the stretch, and continued to hold Westwood down on defense. Marta added a basket at the buzzer for Westwood, but the Patriots only scored eight total in the second half. Negaunee cruised to a big 48-27 win over Westwood, improving to 4-1 on the season.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 48, Westwood Patriots 27
NEXT GAME: The Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball hits it home court on Tuesday, Feb. 23 with a rivalry showdown against the Marquette Redettes! Jesse Anderson will the call live from Negaunee on Sunny 101.9 with coverage beginning at 7 p.m. Go Miners!