Spettel’s Emeralds secure big win
MANISTIQUE – The Lady Emeralds improved to 2-2 with a 42-34 win over the Norway Knights at home last Monday night. While the victory improved the Emeralds to the 500 mark in the season, it also broke an eight season drought and gave coach Kelley Spettel her first win over the Knights.
“I heard we hadn’t beat them since 2005 and it is the only team in our conference that I had yet to get a win against, so it feels good,” Spettel said. “We did an outstanding job defensively, the girls really stepped up and played with pride tonight. They understood what it would take to win the game and did the little things right.”
Behind the defensive effort the Lady Emeralds jumped out to a 10-6 advantage at the end of the first quarter of play. Maggie Morrison and Leah Cook paced the Emeralds with four points each in the period.
Morrison went on to lead the Emeralds in scoring with 11 points.
While baskets from the floor accounted for all their points in the opener, Manistique went seven of eight from the free throw line in the second to jump out to a 21-16 lead at the break.
“Maggie bounced back from an off night against Big Bay and played a great game on both ends of the court, leading us in scoring and rebounding with eight boards,” said Spettel.
Triples by the Knights’ Rachel Conery gave Norway a small advantage coming off the break, but defensive pressure by the Emeralds and the ability to break the Knights’ press allowed Manistique to pace the Knights 13-9 in the final quarter.
“Bre (Bosanic) and Allie (Nagy) split time at point guard and really handled the ball well,” said Spettel. “They broke through their press and got to the free throw line for a combined 20 free throws.”
Bosanic finished the night with seven points, five from the line. Nagy was seven of eight from the charity stripe and finished with nine points.
Sammie Williams and Cook scored six points each. Sydney Chartier contributed adding three.
Manistique will look to keep their winning streak intact against Westwood tonight after press time. Westwood is coming off back-toback losses to Marquette (54-53) and Menominee (43-33).