Girls gain second victory
by Tom Coombe
The Ely Timberwolves overcame turnovers to gain their second win of the season, but South Ridge put a quick stop to any hopes for a winning streak.
Ely upended North Woods 46-38 in a Feb. 11 girls basketball matchup at the high school gymnasium, but South Ridge went on a 32-0 run in the first half on the way to a 67-18 rout on Tuesday.
The Timberwolves are now 2-6 for the winter.
Ely rallied to take a halftime lead against the visiting Grizzlies, and that edge held up in the second half of a foul and turnover-filled game.
Ninth-grader Grace LaTourell had 11 of her 16 points in the second half, with two of her three three-pointers coming during the stanza.
The Grizzlies pulled to within three points at 35-32 with nine minutes left, but only scored six points the rest of the way as Ely created numerous turnovers.
Both teams also missed chances at the free throw line, with the Wolves going nine-for-27 and the Grizzlies sinking only six-of-21 free throws.
Ely got a big night from sophomore point guard Taylor Gibney, who poured in 12 points.
Madeline Kallberg came off the bench to score six key first-half points, when the Wolves built a 24-18 edge, and fellow sophomore Rachel Coughlin finished with five points.
Madison Spears scored 14 points to pace North Woods and Madi Dantes was next with 10.
• The Wolves were purely overmatched in Tuesday’s home game with the Panthers.
After an early bucket gave the hosts a 2-0 edge, South Ridge scored the next 32 points.
Adella Olesiak drained a three-pointer to give her team the lead and South Ridge never looked back.
It was 32-2 before the Wolves scored again.
Olesiak had 23 of her 28 points in the first half and freshman Svea Snickers lit Ely up for 21.
The duo combined for seven three-pointers and junior Paris FierkeLepp recorded nine points.
For the Wolves, Katrina Seliskar had five points and Kallberg scored four.
• The Wolves were in Babbitt Thursday after deadline to take on Northeast Range in the first of two games between the two local rivals.
• Ely hosts Silver Bay Feb. 25 and travels to Cherry the following night.
• Section 7A playoff action begins Mar. 15 at home sites.