Fighting until the end, Emeralds lose opener
MANISTIQUE – Warming up to the sounds of the Manistique Emerald High School Band, the Emeralds and Mustangs battled it out for four quarters. In the end, just one point separated the two in their 2013-14 season opener at the Richard Bonifas Gymnasium Tuesday night.
Up by six points off a monster three-point basket by Leah Cook late in the third quarter, turnovers cost the Emeralds their lead and opener 38-37 to the visiting Mustangs of Munising.
“Not much to say when you turn the ball over 30 times,” coach Kelley Spettel said. “You are giving the game away.
We have a lot to clean up before traveling to Negaunee Friday,” she added.
Trailing throughout the game, the Emeralds held an 8-6 advantage over the Mustangs when Sammie Williams pulled in rebounds and found a wide open Breanna Bosanic, who hit the shot that put Manistique on top for the first time in the non-conference contest.
Williams was a force in the paint, pulling in eight boards to lead the team in rebounds.
“Sammie played a real good game for us and was a solid presence inside,” said Spettel.
Trailing by one late in the second period, Maggie Morrison hit a basket from the paint and one from outside the arc to give her team an 18-14 lead. The Mustangs managed to keep it close, however, taking advantage of Emerald turnovers late in the period.
With the Mustangs cutting the margin to one point (18-17), Bosanic hit from 3-point range just before the buzzer to give the Emeralds a 21-17 lead at the half. With just eight points by each in the third, the Mustangs paced the Emeralds 13-8 in the final eight minutes of play to seal the win.
The Mustangs Bailey Downs led all scorers with 15 points, including six points in the final period.
The Emeralds were led by Bosanic and Lindsay Knuth with nine points each; Cook and Williams scored six points each, Morrison five and Sydney Chartier two.
In addition to Downs, Marissa Immel scored eight points, Karlee Decet seven, Megan Watson six, and Frankie Mattson two.
The Emeralds will travel to Negaunee Friday with tipoff set for 7:30 p.m.