Tech alumni win at Gold Medal
By John Vrancic
HERMANSVILLE — A group of Michigan Tech graduates got their chance to shine here Sunday night as they earned the women’s title in the 81st Annual Gold Medal Basketball tournament.
The Madison, Wis.-based Rusty Huskies seized the momentum in the second half in a 70-51 triumph over Felch Anderson Logging.
Felch was within 28-25 late in the first half, but Lindsay Winter converted a layup and free throw to put the Rusty Huskies up by six points just 15.1 seconds before halftime.
The winners then opened the second half with a 15-2 run, gaining a 43-27 advantage on a layup by Most Valuable Player Morgan Anderson.
“Anytime you get a 3-point play, it gets you excited,” said Anderson, a 2017 Tech graduate from DePere, Wis. “Playing with the old teammates was a lot of fun. We know the guys’ team (reigning Class A champ Menominee Dexter’s Bar). They played here last year and encouraged us to enter. This is the first time this group played together since college. This was a lot of fun. I’m glad we did it.”
North Dickinson graduate Miranda Jacobson, who recently completed her cage career at Lakeland College, paced Anderson Logging with 26 points.
Jacobson, doing a majority of her scoring on underhanded layups and scoop shots, helped keep the Felch-based squad close in the first half.
Anderson’s drew within 12 points on at least three occasions in the second half, but was unable to get any closer.
“She (Jacobson) is a very good player,” said Morgan Anderson. “We tried to take the inside away from her and I think that helped us get some breathing room. We wanted to play hard and they made us play hard.”
Anderson scored 25 points in an earlier game, leading the Rusty Huskies past the Lakeland Muskies Alumni 94-48. Bailey Grayvold hit 17 for Lakeland.
Anderson Logging reached the title contest with a victory over the Muskies’ Alumni. Maria Wiltzius tossed in 23 points for Anderson’s. Kayla Clark had 13 for the Muskies.
Wiltzius scored 18 points in Sunday’s opener as Anderson Logging beat Stephenson Wangerin Logging 52-45. Bay College sophomore Jordan Kraemer had 12 for Wangerin’s.
Michelle Perdue’s 17 points was enough to lead Anderson Logging past Crystal Falls McNeil’s Oilers 48-35. Megan Wills hit 14 for the Oilers.
Anderson’s, led by Jacobson’s 16 points, also topped Wangerin’s 46-31 in Saturday’s opener. Sarah Pettit’s 17 points paced Wangerin’s.
McNeil’s followed with a 36-24 triumph over Carney Juice Promotions. Wills led the way with 13 points.
Grayvold poured in 31 points in the Muskies’ Alumni 68-60 conquest of Anderson Logging. Jacobson scored 18 for Anderson’s.
Hannah Stoll and Kelli Guy hit 14 points each as the Rusty Huskies whipped McNeil’s 60-27. Wills had 10 for the Oilers.
Laura Raatz scored 13 points, helping Wangerin’s post a 61-40 victory over Juice Promotions. Bay College freshman Keisha Davis led Juice Promotions with 16.