2013-02-28 / Sports

Ryan ‘proud’ of squad


Solid on offense all season, Allie Nagy brings the ball up court in second half action last Friday night, she finished the game with 12 points. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Solid on offense all season, Allie Nagy brings the ball up court in second half action last Friday night, she finished the game with 12 points. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – The Manistique Emeralds’ JV girls basketball team finished their season with a 46-16 win over the Big Bay de Noc Black Bears, and a 45-38 loss to the Ishpeming Hematites.

Last Friday against the Black Bears, the JV girls jumped out to a 20-7 first quarter lead and went on to the victory.

Holly Blowers with a career best, 16 points, led the team in scoring. Allie Nagy also scored in double figures finishing with 12 points. Hailey Hoholik, Sydney Chartier and Maddie Russell added four points each. Rachel Ryan chipped in three, Machaela Hinkson two and Sammie Williams one point each. Olivia Holmberg didn’t enter the scoring column, but also played a role in the win. Breiann Richey did not suit in the final games due to illness.

Hoholik and Nagy led the team in rebounds with eight each.

Against the Hematites on Saturday, a slow start hurt the Emeralds, who fell behind 22- 11 after the first half. The girls continued to battle back as they outscored Ishpeming 27-23 in the second half while cutting the lead to two points late in the game, but the Hematite’s were able to hold on for the win.

Chartier led the team in scoring with eight points. Blowers added seven, Nagy and Hinkson each scored six, Williams four, Hoholik three, Ryan and Russell two each.

Blowers led the rebounding effort with six and Hoholik hauled down five.

Winding down the season, Coach Bob Ryan had nothing but praise for his young squad.

“I’m just so proud of the girls on our team,” said Ryan. “They worked hard all season, and if you saw them play, you saw the intensity they played with. We finished the season with eight wins and 12 losses, but with three sophomores and seven freshmen playing against mostly sophomore JV teams, I thought they had a great season. Eight of our losses were by eight points or less. They were a pleasure to coach.”

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