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Wardynski MVP in N. Michigan girls win


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ONTONAGON'S LORI Wardynski of the Northern Michigan All-Stars goes to the basket in Thursday's Kiwanis Classic Border Bash at the Lindquist Center in Ironwood. Wardynski was named MVP, leading Northern Michigan to an 88-70 victory over Northern Wisconsin. For more on the all-star games, see page 9.

IRONWOOD - Just five days after helping the Ontonagon Gladiators to a U.P. track-and-field title, Lori Wardynski added another trophy to her collection Thursday.

Wardynski was named the MVP of the Kiwanis Classic Border Bash after leading Northern Michigan to an 88-70 victory over Northern Wisconsin.

Wardynski led all scorers with 17 points. Emily DiGiorgio of Ironwood had 15. Maria Swartz of Hurley was the second-leading scorer for Northern Wisconsin, tallying 14 points. Katie Stark of state champion Hayward led the squad with 15.

"It was a really fun experience," Wardynski said. "For people who never played together, we played together really well. It's a good feeling that we won."

Wardynski got after it just like she did in her career at Ontonagon, going all-out for loose balls, getting to the basket (she was 5 for 5 on 2s) and she hit two 3-pointers.

"I was just trying to hustle and I was trying to play as good of defense as I could," she said. "I just did not want to scored on. That was my No. 1 thing. I just tried to get steals and tried to push up the floor because I knew we had that speed advantage on them."

Michigan dominated the game from the start and never trailed. They led 42-32 at halftime and never let Wisconsin get it under double digits again.

DiGiorgio, an All-U.P. Second Team selection like Wardynski, had eight rebounds to go with her 15 points. She active on the offensive end, getting six boards there.

"It was an amazing experience, getting a bunch of really good players together and just having one last game, it was so much fun," DiGiorgio said.

Terese Ledy of Marquette also finished in double figures for Michigan. She had 14 points.

Allison Huber of Ashland added 12 points for Northern Wisconsin, which didn't take advantage of its 40 trips to the free throw line. It made just 20.

Wisconsin - Amanda Majewski 5, Makala Williams 1, Claire Goyak 5, Allison Huber 12, Brooke Sterba 9, Maria Swartz 14, Amira Erdman 9, Katie Stark 15. FTs: 20-40. Fouls: 15. Fouled out: None. 3-pointers: Erdman 3, Huber 3, Stark 1, Majewski 1.

Michigan - Clara Loukus 6, Hannah Starnes 4, Kelsey Johnson 6, Terese Ledy 14, Carli Daavettila 6, Emily DiGiorgio 15, Jaycee Faccio 6, Lori Wardynski 17, Tori Wangerin 4, Loretta Halonen 10. FTs: 10-12. Fouls: 23. 3-pointers: Ledy 2, Wardynski 2.

Half: Michigan 42-32.


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