2013-02-07 / Sports

Modeltowners edge out win


Lexi Carlson goes up and over Gwinn’s Shelby Talsma for two second quarter points. Lexi Carlson goes up and over Gwinn’s Shelby Talsma for two second quarter points. MANISTIQUE – Looking to get on a winning track, the Lady Emeralds’ varsity basketball team put up a good fight, but came up short in the end dropping a 45-42 decision to the visiting Modeltowners from Gwinn Tuesday night.

“I thought we played well defensively,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “The girls gave a tremendous effort and fought their way to a tie game in the fourth, but a couple of calls did not go our way and shooting seven for 16 from the free throw line did not help.”

Trailing 26-19 late in the third quarter the Emeralds Lindsay Knuth, Maryse Hinkson and Kyra Lauzon hit triples to close the gap to just three points when the quarter came to an end.

With 14 from each team in the fourth quarter Gwinn held on for the win.

“We started to shoot better and put a press on that caused a few turnovers. Trailing, we were forced to foul late in the game which worked out in our favor but our shots kept bouncing off the back of the rim.”


With defensive pressure like this by the Emeralds Leah Cook (left) and Gabbie LaFayette (right) the Emeralds managed to keep the high scoring Gwinn offense to 45 points at home Tuesday. With defensive pressure like this by the Emeralds Leah Cook (left) and Gabbie LaFayette (right) the Emeralds managed to keep the high scoring Gwinn offense to 45 points at home Tuesday. Gwinn went 5-of-11 from the free throw line in the final eight minutes, finishing 9-of-23.

Lauzon led the Emeralds with 15 points. Maggie Morrison added nine, Gabbie LaFayette eight, Hinkson three, Knuth three, Lexi Carlson two, and Mindy Hoholik two.

Last Monday in St. Ignace the Emeralds trailed by 39 points at the half on their way to a 60-19 loss to the 15-0 LaSalle Saints.

“They are the real deal,” Spettel said of their top ranked hosts. “They run the floor, shoot threes, rebound well and play a very aggressive defense, while pressing and trapping almost the entire game. They’re very well balanced and we struggled against their pressure.”

Lauzon paced the Emeralds with nine points, Leah Cook six, Hunter Ashbrook and Lafayette two points each.

A 17-point third quarter by the Mountaineers spelled the fate of the Emeralds last Thursday in Iron Mountain. After netting 10 points in the first and 16 in the second the Emeralds went cold scoring just eight in the third on their way to a 59-45 loss to Iron Mountain.

“We didn’t play defensively giving up 59 points,” Spettel said. “We knew Katelynn Johnson would come out shooting the ball and we just didn’t cover her well. We also had problem guarding Abby Gerhard. She is quick and plays with a lot of energy and we just didn’t match that intensity.”

“We didn’t play defensively giving up 59 points,” Spettel said. “We knew Katelynn Johnson would come out shooting the ball and we just didn’t cover her well. We also had problem guarding Abby Gerhard. She is quick and plays with a lot of energy and we just didn’t match that intensity.”

Johnson finished with 19 points to lead all scorers, Gerhard added 13.

Lauzon scored 13 including going 5-for-5 from the free throw line. Ashbrook set a season high, scoring eight points. Carlson added six, Cook five, LaFayette four, Hinkson three, Knuth, Breanna

Bosanic and Morrison two points each.

With the loss, the Emeralds fall to 4-11. Manistique travels to Westwood Friday to take on the 3-9 Patriots.

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