2014-02-20 / Sports

Lady Emeralds come up short

Back to back loses at home and on the road

ISHPEMING – For two quarters of play, coach Kelley Spettel couldn’t have asked for a better effort from her squad.

Playing on the road in Ishpeming against a very strong Mid-Peninsula Conference club, Manistique kept pace in the first eight minutes of the contest Tuesday night.

Then, off a nine-point effort by Sammie Williams, the girls paced their hosts 17-12 in the second quarter to hold a 26-23 advantage at the break. From there, it was all Ishpeming, who went on to beat Manistique 62-50.

Trailing by three, Ishpeming pressured Manistique, creating several opportunities to open the third quarter up on a 17-0 run, pushing their lead to 47-34 going into the fourth quarter.

Manistique managed to keep pace in the fourth, led by Leah Cook with nine points.

The Emeralds out-scored Ishpeming in the period but couldn’t close the gap.

“We played a great first half,” Coach Kelley Spettel said. “In the third they came out in a press and we flat out panicked, threw the ball away and weren’t patient. It was a very, very ugly quarter for us.”


Leah Cook fights for possession of the ball during Monday night’s 48-36 loss to Iron Mountain at home. Monday was also Senior Night. Pictured right: Jennifer Carlson, Carlie Chase, Leah Cook and Breanna Bosanic wait to meet their mothers at half court. 
Joe LeBlanc photos Leah Cook fights for possession of the ball during Monday night’s 48-36 loss to Iron Mountain at home. Monday was also Senior Night. Pictured right: Jennifer Carlson, Carlie Chase, Leah Cook and Breanna Bosanic wait to meet their mothers at half court. Joe LeBlanc photos Manistique: Cook 14, Allie Nagy 11, Williams nine, Lindsay Knuth six, Breanna Bosanic six, Maggie Morrison four.

A four point second quarter ended in a 48-36 loss for the Lady Emeralds at home against Iron Mountain Monday night.

Spettel said the loss was very disappointing.

“We didn’t play like we did against them a week ago. There wasn’t any fire or sense of urgency,” stated Spettel.

Trailing by just two, Manistique could not find the net in the second quarter. Behind the sluggish quarter, Manistique trailed 34-15 at end of the first half.

Coming off the break, Manistique out scored Iron Mountain 21-14 in the second half but could not close the gap.

Manistique: Nagy 14, Cook 10, Knuth seven, Williams three, Chartier two.

Manistique will wrap-up a busy week on the road at Big Bay de Noc tonight.

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