FIELD TWP – Knotted up at halftime, the Ely Timberwolves girls came out of the locker room loaded for bear as Erika Mattson, Grace Latourell, and Madeline Perry combined for 26 second-half …
FIELD TWP – Knotted up at halftime, the Ely Timberwolves girls came out of the locker room loaded for bear as Erika Mattson, Grace Latourell, and Madeline Perry combined for 26 second-half points to score a 44-29 road win Thursday over the North Woods Grizzlies.
Sasha Strong, Kennedy Wardas, and Hannah Kinsey kept the Grizzlies in the game in the first half offensively, scoring 13 of the team’s 15 points, all from the field. North Woods defenders protected the basket well, allowing just five Ely field goals, but the Timberwolves went five-of-12 from the free-throw line to match the Grizzlies’ output going into intermission.
A key to Ely’s success in the second half was lockdown defense. They held Wardas and Kinsey scoreless, and Grizzlies go-to scoring threat Brynn Simpson managed just four free thows and six overall points. No other Grizzly scored from the charity stripe.
Held to two points in the first half, Latourell got on track and hit for nine in the second. Combined with Perry’s eight points, the Timberwolves steadily pulled away from the Grizzlies. Any hopes North Woods had for a comeback were squashed by Mattson, who drained seven free throws down the stretch. The Timberwolves drew 21 fouls and went 14-of-27 from the line.
Perry was the game’s high scorer with 15, followed by Mattson with 12 and Latourell with 11. Strong led the Grizzlies with eight.