NEWBERRY – Talk to any high school basketball coach and they will tell you it is always nice to finish the regular season with a winning record and finish on top in your conference, but the real goal is to win championships.
That early season goal was accomplished by the Lady Emeralds, with dominating performances in the 2013 district tournament.
The championship run got started with a 51-32 win over the Harbor Springs Rams. Back on the bus, the Emeralds traveled to Newberry, returning home with the title in a convincing 50-33 victory over the Indians.
“Beating a team three times in a season isn’t always easy,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “The girls came ready to play and never let up. They wanted that district championship and they played like it. It’s a nice thing for the seniors to be able to accomplish that goal.”
The Emeralds sealed their quest for a trophy in the third quarter, holding the Indians to just four points in the eight minute stretch.
Jumping out to a 14-7 lead after one quarter of play, Manistique pushed their lead to nine points (26-17) when the half came to an end in Newberry.
Coming off the break with a solid lead, the Emeralds earned a trip to the regionals smothering the Indians in the third period.
Senior Kyra Lauzon paced the Emeralds with 17 points in the win. Gabbie Lafayette added eight points, Maggie Morrison six, Mindy Hoholik five and Hunter Ashbrook four. Allie Nagy, Leah Cook, Hailey Hoholik and Breanna Bosanic netted two points each.