The Negaunee Miners took an early 7-3 lead in the game, but stuttered a little bit as the Hematites came ready to play.
The Miners’ lead was tightened to 11-8 soon enough, and it didn’t take long for the Hematites to tie up the score at 11-11 with less than two minutes to go.
The Hematites pulled out in front for the first time in the game with a quick triple before the buzzer for a score of 14-11.
Ishpeming held their lead at the start of the second quarter, but then things heated up for the Miners.
Thanks in large part to MacKenzie Karki, who scored 16 consecutive points for Negaunee in the second quarter alone, the Miners pulled ahead and entered into halftime with a 29-20 lead.
Negaunee comfortably maintained their lead in the third. The Miners really started to pull away from Ishpeming with a 14-point lead over the Hematites going into the fourth quarter.
Negaunee continued to distance themselves from Ishpeming in the final quarter of the game. What began as a seemingly even contest became the Miners’ show, and they had no problem rising to the occasion.
MacKenzie Karki led all scorers with a whopping 23 points overall. Chloe Norman had 10 points for the Miners, Emily Paupore had 6, and Alyssa Hill and Emilia Palomaki had 4 points each.