Lady Emeralds come up short
MANISTIQUE – The Lady Emeralds basketball team dropped a pair of games on the road and at home in their last two outings.
In a battle that came down to the final quarter, Manistique came up short, losing to the Mustangs 53-44 in Munising, trailing by just three at the end of the first quarter.
Manistique also lost to Ishpeming 48-39, this time at home.
“I thought we took a step forward offensively against Munising,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “The prior two weeks we really struggled putting points on the board. Defensively we still need to work harder.”
Spettel credits the offensive output, in part, to a 15-point effort by Breanna Bosanic against the Mustangs.
“She had her best game of the season, I was very happy to see her step up and produce like that,” Spettel said.
Manistique trailed 13-12 when the first quarter came to an end in Munising. Bosanic hit from the floor and went 4-for-4 from the line for six points in the stretch.
Munising paced Manistique 11-9 to control a 24-21 half time lead. Manistique cut the Mustangs’ lead to one at the end of the third, with Sammie Williams scoring six. Bosanic had five of the 14 points in the period.
With the game on the line, Manistique gave up 17 points in the final eight minutes to the Mustangs, who went on to win by nine points.
It was another solid effort by Manistique last Friday against Ishpeming, but the team again came up short. Up by three (21- 18) at the break, Ishpeming paced Manistique 27-21 in the second half to seal the win.
“Holding Ishpeming to under 50 points was a big accomplishment,” Spettel said. “I felt like it this was one of the better games we played all year even though we lost. Ishpeming can be a very dangerous team and run the score up before you know it.”
Leah Cook led the Emeralds in scoring with 11 points.
“Leah played a great game on both ends,” Spettel said. “Not only did she lead us in scoring, she really helped shut down Gabby Croley, Allie (Nagy) also aided in that.”
With the losses, Manistique falls to 2-9. The Emeralds travel to Norway Thursday and hosts Gwinn Monday.
Manistique: Bosanic 15, Williams nine, Cook eight, Nagy five, Lindsay Knuth three, Hailey Hoholik two and Sydney Chartier two.
Munising: Frankie Mattson 16; Marissa Immel 13; Kaylee Decet 11; Bailey Downs 10; Megan Watson three.
Manistique: Cook 11; Bosanic eight; Nagy seven; Williams five; Chartier, Carlson, Hoholik, and Maggie Morrison two each.
Ishpeming: Jessica Spencer 17; Kaylie Engler 14; Lindsay Thompson seven; Tammy Simula and Gabby Croley four; Morgan Skytta two.