Streak continues for Emerald varsity girls
MANISTIQUE – Starting to gel, the Lady Emerald basketball team has won three out of their last four outings. In a Monday home game, Manistique downed the Westwood Patriots 43-35.
Hitting on all cylinders, the Emeralds boasted a 15-5 lead at the end of the opening quarter against the Patriots. Senior guard Kyra Lauzon led the effort, scoring eight of her game-high 13 points in the stretch.
Just when it looked like Manistique would easily dispose of their visitors, Westwood (1-5) mounted a 5-0 run at the start of the second, cutting the margin to just three (20-17) when the period came to an end.
“We just went cold in the second quarter; thankfully we had a large enough lead going in that it didn’t hurt us,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “The girls did not fold – they kept fighting, and once we regained the lead, we never looked back.”
Following the fast start, Manistique struggled finding the net, scoring just two points from the floor and went just 3-of-10 from the free-throw line.
Issues finding the net carried over into the third quarter of play for Manistique. Taking advantage, Westwood jumped out to a 25-22 lead early, but couldn’t hold on. A basket by Maggie Morrison put Manistique back on top by one, while a triple by Hunter Ashbrook and bucket at the end by Mindy Hoholik gave the Emeralds a 31- 25 lead after three quarters of play.
Manistique jumped out to an 11-point lead before Westwood got on the board late in the final eight minutes of play. This didn’t help the Patriots, however, and they ran out of time in the Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up.
While happy with the outcome, Spettel said turnovers and issues taking care of the ball continue to be an issue for her young team.
Lauzon paced the Emeralds with 13 points. Hoholik added eight, Leah Cook seven, Gabby LaFayette six, Morrison four, Ashbrook three, and Breanna Bosanic two.
On the road last week, the team led early, but let one slip away, dropping a 47-45 overtime decision to the 6-1 Negaunee Miners.
Lauzon and LaFayette each scored 10 points in the loss to the Miners. Cook added nine, Lindsay Knuth four, Morrison four, Lexi Carlson three, Bosanic three, and Hoholik two.
“Negaunee was a tough loss, but I was happy with our play overall,” said Spettel. “Negaunee is not an easy place to play in. I thought we played three and onehalf quarters of great defense, but a couple of calls did not go our way and we missed some key free-throws.”
With three wins in four outings, Spettel said her team is starting to come together.
“I feel like we are improving every time we hit the court,” she added.
The Emeralds play host to the Gladstone Braves Friday night.