Parents help celebrate Emeralds’ win
Trailing 9-5 at the end of the first quarter of play, the Emeralds put up nine to the Mustangs four points in the second to control a 14-11 lead in front of a parent’s night crowd.
Two points separated the two teams coming off the break with the Emeralds jumping out to a 23-18 lead going in to the fourth quarter.
Three of the nine points came off a triple by Gabbie LaFayette. Leah Cook added three the old fashion way with a bucket from the floor and one from the line. Cook finished with nine points, Lafayette with eight.
With just 23 points through three quarters, Coach Kelley Spettel hit a switch and the Emerald girls responded with 19 points in the final eight minutes of play.
Kyra Lauzon paced the effort with seven of what would be nine points in the period. Lindsay Knuth and Maggie Morrison added four points each in the win. Lexi Carlson, Hunter Ashbrook, Breanna Bosanic and Mindy Hoholik finished with two points each.
The Mustangs’ Jenna Hach led all scorers with 10 points.
A 13-point fourth quarter effort by the Emeralds had not been enough to help lift the Emeralds past Gladstone (5-4) Friday. Trailing by just three after one quarter of play, the Emeralds fell behind by 12 points, thanks to a 17-point effort by the Braves in the second. The Braves took home the 52-33 non-conference win.
Lauzon led the Emeralds with 13 points in the loss; LaFayette added eight, Morrison six, Carlson four, and Bosanic two.
Manistique travels to Ishpeming (6-4) Friday.
With Tuesday’s win, the Emeralds improve to 4-6.