Varsity still struggling to find hoop
MANISTIQUE - A three point opening quarter spelled doom for the Lady Emeralds on the road in Gwinn Monday night. Coming off the slow start, the Emeralds without their leading scorer Kyra Lauzon, settled in and paced the Modeltowners in the second half but didn’t have enough in the tank to overcome the first half short fall, dropping a 63-45 decision to Gwinn.
“Kyra was sick and was unable to travel with us. We did not play a very good first half, without our leading scorer, we struggled,” Coach Kelley Spettel said.
Gabbie Lafayette hit a triple in the opening quarter for the Emeralds who trailed 14-3 when the period came to an end. With 14 in the books, Gwinn opened things up netting 19 in the second quarter pushing their lead to 33-12 at the half. Lafayette added four in the period. Eight trips to the free throw line netted just three points for Manistique in the stretch. The Emeralds finished the night 12 of 23 from the line in the loss.
With her team looking to make up a lot of ground, Maggie Morrison paced a 17 point effort by the Emeralds with nine points in the third, including going three-for-three from the line.
Down by 17 points, the Emeralds kept pace but could not make up ground in the final eight minutes of play. Gwinn finished strong, adding 17 points, the Emeralds 16 off a nine point effort by Leah Cook.
“Going into the second half we made some adjustments on both sides of the ball and played great the rest of the game,” said Spettel. “I saw some really positive things. The girls stepped up offensively and we outscored them 33-30. Twelve points in the first half buried us”.
The Emeralds had three players in double figures, Cook and Lafayette finished with 12 points each, Morrison added 11, Lexi Carlson four, Maryse Hinkson, Breanna Bosanic and Mindy Hoholik two points each.
A single digit quarter also led to a loss for the Emeralds at home against Norway last Friday. Down by just two points after the opening quarter, the Emeralds found themselves trailing 22-12 at the half, when just four points were added on the home team’s side of the board in the second.
Norway went on to beat Manistique 45-30.
“Slow starts are hurting us this season; we got to find a way to put the ball in the hoop,” stated Coach Spettel.
Lauzon led the Emeralds with 10 points. Carlson, Cook, Bosanic and Hoholik added four points each, Lafayette and Hinkson two points each.