Lack of production costs Emeralds half
Taking advantage of turnovers, the Knights dominated the second half of play, beating Manistique 54-39.
“Kind of the same things that have been hurting us all season,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “A one point game at the half and then we gave up 30 points in the second half and turned the ball over 26 times overall. I know they are tired of me telling them we have to take care of the basketball, but it’s just that simple.”
Taking care and moving the ball well, four starters put points on the board in the first quarter for Manistique, who trailed 12-11 when the period came to an end.
Off a triple by Lindsey Knuth and four points by Leah Cook, the Emeralds matched Norway’s output in the second quarter, to trail 24-23 at the break.
From there it was all Norway. The Knights netted 16 points in the third to push their advantage to 10 points. They then finished with 14 in the fourth quarter to put the game away.
Allie Nagy led the Emeralds in scoring finishing with 11 points in the loss.
Maggie Morrison added seven points, Cook six, Sammie Williams five, Breanna Bosanic, Knuth three points each, Hailey Hoholik and Sydney Chartier contributed two points each.
The loss leaves Spettel and her Emeralds still looking for a victory in 2014. Their last victory came against Newberry on Dec. 27.
Manistique will host the Iron Mountain Mountaineers tonight.
The game against Gwinn previously scheduled for Monday and cancelled due to not having school will take place on Saturday at 2:30 p.m.