MI-B girls double up Duluth East
DULUTH — Mountain Iron-Buhl overcame some “first-game hyperness” to dominate Duluth East and began their pursuit of a seventh straight section title with a 70-35 victory.
“Once we calmed down, we were able to execute our offense,” said head coach Jeff Buffetta. “The girls played well for their first game.’’
Mary Burke and Chelsea Mason paced the Rangers with 20 points each, while Allie Negen chipped in with eight. Mason added seven assists, Mya Buffetta added six more and Burke pulled down six rebounds.
Asked if there was anything his squad needed to work on after game one, coach Buffetta said, “we just have to control the ball a little better. If we do that, we’ll play better.”
The Rangers (1-0) play at Mesabi East on Thursday and take on No. 1-ranked Goodhue Saturday at the Breakdown Tip Off Classic at Hopkins High School. MI-B is ranked No. 3, also according to mngirlsbasketballhub.com.
MI-B 41 29 — 70
D. East 20 15 — 35
DE: Macy Hermanson 4, Erin Teichroew 4, Ashely Williams 4, Krysta Miekle 1, Sam Velander 6, Shay Calloway 2, Annie Riechhoff 9, Miia Marple 2, Amy Ostazeski 3. 3-pointers: None. Free throws: 9-15. Total fouls: 22. Fouled out: Teichroew.
MI-B: Mary Burke 20, Macy Savela 2, Mya Buffetta 7, Patty Overbye 5, Allie Negen 8, Madisen Overbye 3, Chelsea Mason 20, Austyn Dagen 5. 3-pointers: Buffetta 1, P. Overbye 1, Negen 1, M. Overbye 1, Mason 3. Free throws: 15-23. Total fouls: 17. Fouled out: None.
Ely 54, Greenway 34
At Ely, the Timberwolves used their new up tempo-style offense to jump out to a big first half lead and cruise to a season-opening win over Greenway, 54-34.
Erikia Mattson, Shayla Zaverl and Maggie Isbell helped Ely get out to a 41-10 lead by intermission before the Raiders made up some ground in the second stanza.
Head coach Darren Visser said he and the Timberwolves are trying to push the tempo and his squad was able to do that in the first half. However, they ran out of gas a little bit in the second half.
Mattson led all scorers with 19, while Zaverl dropped in 15 and Isbell added 11.
Another key, Visser said, was being able to go eight deep into the bench, which will help with the up tempo offense.
Ely (1-0) plays at Nashwauk-Keewatin on Thursday.
Ely 41 13 — 54
Greenway 10 24 — 34
Greenway: Kennedy Hanson 7, Mikaela Gould 4, Emma Murphy 6, Hailey Pederson 3, Delaney Mjolsness 3, Bailey Hubbard 7, Lyric Jones 2, Alaina Eden 2. 3-pointers: Hanson 1, Gould 1, Murphy 1, Pederson 1, Hubbard 1. Free throws: 5-21. Total fouls: 20. Fouled out: Hanson.
Ely: Erika Mattson 19, Brielle Kallberg 2, Morgan Moravitz 3, Kalley Fischer 4, Shayla Zaverl 15, Maggie Isbell 11. 3-pointers: Mattson 1. Free throws: 7-20. Total fouls: 22. Fouled out: Zaverl.