2012-12-13 / Sports

Turnovers doom Emeralds

RUDYARD – Turnovers have been a problem for the Lady Emeralds from the start of the 2012-13 season, and their last two games were no exception. The Emeralds committed 54 of them in losses against Norway and Rudyard.

“We committed 29 against Norway and 25 against Rudyard; we are just not going to win many games turning the ball over that many times,” commented Coach Kelly Spettel, who is looking for her first win of the season.

Trailing 22-17 at the half in Norway last Thursday, the Emeralds cut the Knights lead to three with a six point effort by freshman Lindsay Knuth. But Norway responded, pacing Manistique 19-12 in the final eight minutes of play to take the Mid-Peninsula Conference game 56-42.

“One of the bright spots of the tonight was Lindsay,” Spettel said. “I started her to give us a little more aggressiveness on defense and she pleasantly surprised me with 10 points.”

In addition to Knuth, Kyra Lauzon scored 13 points to lead the Emeralds in scoring. Gabby La- Fayette added eight.

Coming off an embarrassing 80- 13 loss to the LaSalle Saints, Rudyard upended the Emeralds Tuesday night on the road 54-43.

Again, turnovers and the lack of production at the free throw line played a key role in the loss.

“We didn’t play very well on defense and on the offensive side we turned the ball over 25 times. Free throws hurt us as well. We hit two of 13 from the line and were called for 26 fouls to their 11,” said Spettel.

Lauzon paced the Emeralds with 11 points, Knuth 8, LaFayette 7, Mindy Hoholik 6, Maggie Morrison 4, Lexi Carlson 3, Leah Cook 2, Breanna Bosanic 2.

The Emeralds will host the Iron Mountain Mountaineers (0-5) Friday. The Mountaineers are also looking for their first win of the season.

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