Lady Emeralds wrap up regular season
MANISTIQUE - With their sites now on Harbor Springs, the Lady Emeralds wrapped up their regular season with six wins and 14 losses. The up and down season came to an end in Manistique over the weekend. Friday, the Emeralds beat the Lady Black Bears 45-34. Back on the court Saturday, Manistique fell 55-43 to Ishpeming.
The Emeralds trailed 9-7 at the end of the opener against Big Bay but rebounded to control a 21-19 lead at the half.
Trailing, Big Bay managed just six third quarter points while giving up 12 to their hosts. Up 33-25, the Emeralds used trips to the free throw line to seal the win in the final eight minutes of play. With the loss the Bears fell to 4-15.
“I thought we played well defensively, we needed to,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “We’ve been giving up too many points as of late. Gabbie (LaFayette) and Kyra (Lauzon) were solid defensively and I like that all but one player scored. We really spread it around.”
Manistique- Lauzon 15, Lafayette nine, Cook six, Carlson five, Hoholik 4, Lindsay Knuth, Breanna Bosanic and Morrison two points each.
Cooks-Samantha Sundling 12, Chelsea Thompson 9, Patience Harris 6, chel Leckson 3, Cassidy Cayemberg 2, Holly Severin 2.
From the way things started Saturday against Ishpeming coach Spettel was trying to figure out how to play all their games on weekends. Manistique held a 10-5 lead when the opener came to an end but things quickly turned in the Heminaites favor. With only five on the board, Ishpeming’s Gabby Croley and Jessica Spencer combined for 16 points (eight each) while holding the Emeralds to just four in the second.
The Emeralds played well scoring 29 second half points, but backto back 17 point quarters by Ishpeming sealed the 55-43 win.
Gabbie LaFayette and Maggie Morrison paced the Emeralds with 13 points each.
“Gabbie and Maggie had their best games of the season. I was very happy with their offensive performances,” Spettel said. “Mindy (Hoholik) had a nice game as well. She held their starting center to zero points.”
While happy with the defensive play by Hoholik, Spettel said they didn’t play well as a team. In addition to LaFayette and Morrison, Mindy Hoholik and Leah Cook six points each, Lexi Carlson and Lauzon two points each, Hunter Ashbrook one.