2012-12-06 / Sports

Lady Emeralds lose home debut to Miners

MANISTIQUE - The Lady Emeralds’ home debut was spoiled by an early rally by the Negaunee Miners.

Coming off a win in their opener, the Miners controlled a 14-7 lead when the first quarter came to an end, then added 17 more in the second to push their advantage to 31-21 at the half.

Both teams came out flat in the third quarter of the Mid- Peninsula Conference match-up, with the Miners edging the Emeralds 9-7 in the stretch.

Out front from the start, Negaunee netted 16 points in the final eight minutes to seal the 56-43 win.

“It wasn’t the ending I was hoping for,” Coach Kelly Spettel said. “The girls played hard, but we weren’t able to take advantage of our size. We should have been able to control the glass but we just did not box out. Their second chance opportunities hurt.”

Kyra Lauzon led the Emeralds with 11 points. Leah Cook added 8 points, Lexi Carlson 6, Maggie Morrison 6, Gabbi Lafayette 6, Breanne Bosanic 1, and Lindsay Knuth 1.


Left: Gabbi LaFayette attempts to drive the lane Tuesday against Negaunee. Right: Leah Cook (11) comes up with a steal in first quarter action. Left: Gabbi LaFayette attempts to drive the lane Tuesday against Negaunee. Right: Leah Cook (11) comes up with a steal in first quarter action. Playing without leading rebounder Mindy Hoholik, Carlson, a freshman, made her presence known, pulling in 10 boards and four blocked shots.

The Emeralds hit the road for their next two games, traveling to Norway to take on the Knights tonight (Thursday) and to Rudyard on Dec. 11. In their sole appearance this season, the Knights hammered Iron Mountain 59-20, the Bulldogs are 2-0 with wins over Brimley and Cedarville.

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