LaTourell, Perry honored

Two Wolves named to All-Arrowhead Girls Basketball Team

by Tom Coombe
Grace LaTourell and Madeline Perry were two key cogs on an Ely girls basketball team that reached the section semifinals for the first time in two decades.
Opposing coaches noticed and put both Timberwolves on the All-Arrowhead Conference Team.
LaTourell and Perry both earned second-team honors on the All-Arrowhead squad, picked at the conclusion of the 2021-22 season by league coaches.
They formed a potent one-two scoring punch for an Ely team that went 15-11, stunned South Ridge in the Section 7A quarterfinals and gave heavily favored Cromwell a scare before falling short in a 7A semifinal clash March 9 at Duluth.
LaTourell, a sophomore, scored a team-high 420 points and averaged 16.2 points per night.
She also sank 45 three-pointers, most among the Wolves, and hit 73 percent of her free throws.
In the 7A upset against South Ridge, LaTourell hit numerous free throws down the stretch to seal Ely’s big victory.
LaTourell also averaged seven rebounds per game, second-best on the team, and finished with 77 steals and 68 assists.
Perry had a standout junior year for the Wolves, returning to the lineup after a one-year absence and scoring 15 points per game.
She also pulled down 84 rebounds and averaged just over three steals per game, second on the squad.
League and Section 7A champion Mt. Iron-Buhl dominated the All-Arrowhead First Team, with Rangers Jordan Zubich, Sage Ganyo and Ava Butler selected. They were joined by Cherry’s Laura Staples as well as Kora Forsline of Mesabi East.
Joining LaTourell and Perry on the second team were North Woods’ Hannah Kinsey, International Falls’ Olivia Thostenson and Destiny Piekarski of Littlefork-Big Falls.