Lady Emeralds falter, drop season opener
MANISTIQUE – The Lady Emeralds dropped their season opener 53-48 to the Munising Mustangs on the road Tuesday night.
Out front early and controlling an 11-point lead at the half, panic set in early in the third quarter, changing the flow of the game. Behind timid play, the Emeralds were outscored 18-5 in the third. Taking advantage, the Mustangs went on an 8-0 run which led to a twopoint lead at the quarter’s end.
Trailing, a pair from the line by the Emeralds’ Kyra Lauzon locked the score at 47 with one minute left to play, but Munising went four-for-four from the line to close out the season opener with the win.
It was a fast pace start to the new season by the green and white. Behind a nine point effort by Lauzon, the Emeralds put up 19 points in the first eight minutes of play.
Coming off the bench, Maryse Hinkson, who has not suited up for the Emeralds in three years, hit back-to-back baskets, pushing the Emeralds lead to 13 early in the second.
Playing solid basketball, taking control of the ball and committing just two turnovers, the Emeralds’ coach Kelly Spettel left the floor with her squad, fairly confident at the half while up 33- 22. But turnovers and a lack of shot attempts in the second half left her wondering what happened to the team that played so well for the first 16 minutes.
“It was a tough loss,” Spettel said. “We played very well in the first two quarters but basketball is a four quarter game and the third buried us.”
Lauzon led the Emeralds with 16 points in the loss. Gabbie Lafayette netted 10 points. She also had six assists, four blocked shots and three steals.
“Kyra had a great game scoring 16; she also had six assists and four steals. It was nice to see Gabbi set it up and reach double figures,” Spettel said.
Spettel was also impressed with the play of Maggie Morrison, who finished with 8 points.
“She played very well for it being her first varsity game,” Spettel explained. “Had it not been for some foul trouble we would have seen more production from her.”
Leah Cook added six, Breanna Bosanic two, and Mindy Hoholik two.
The Mustangs were led by Sheena Sowa with 21 points. Megan McLaren added 17 points, and Emily DesJardins 11 before leaving the game with an ankle injury.
The Emeralds take on the Negaunee Miners in their home debut Friday, and then hit the road with a trip to Norway Dec. 6, to take on the Knights. Negaunee beat Gladstone 56-45.
The junior varsity squad, coached by Bob Ryan, finished the night with a 39-29 win.