Westwood stops Mountaineers

ISHPEMING – Vita Hill scored a team-best nine points, but Iron Mountain fell on the road to Westwood, 56-25 Monday night in girls Mid-Peninsula basketball.

“They came out with a physical and aggressive press, and that’s one of the things we’re going to struggle with,” Mountaineers coach Ginger Moore said. “They stung us right off the bat and converted a lot of easy baskets.”

The host Patriots opened a double-digit lead in the first quarter and held at least that much of a margin that rest of the game.

“We’ve been working on the press all year, and tonight, it seemed like the girls were in the right place at the right time,” Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran said.

Eleven players scored for the Patriots, now 3-5 overall and 2-1 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, led by senior Caitlin Hewitt with 12 points and four assists.

Kristen Gendron and Marti Pirkola added four points for Iron Mountain.

“I’m proud of the girls,” Moore said. “We have not quit and nobody is negative. It comes down, again, to too many turnovers and not being able to make the easy bucket when we do break the press.

“It going to come. We’re getting better. As we head into the second half of the season playing these teams again, we’re just looking to do a better job than the first time around.”

Iron Mountain’s jayvees, led by Katie Brule’s 23 points, won 46-29. The IM frosh lost.

Iron Mountain (1-6, 0-4) hosts a makeup game against Norway Thursday.

Iron Mountain 1 6 5 13 – 25

Westwood 20 15 7 14 – 56

IM: Gendron 4, Geyser 3, Feira 4, Hill 9, McCole 1, Pirkola 4. FT: 2-4. F: 15. 3-pt FGs: Hill (2), Geyser.

WW: Chapman 3, Caliguri 6, Hewitt 12, Rankinen 9, Hebert 4, Dauphinais-VanBuren 4, Beauchamp 1, Salo 2, Kellan 6, Pietro 5, Carlson 4. FT: 11-18.F: 9. 3-pt FGs: Champman, Caliguri (2), Hewitt (2).