Lady Emeralds come up short
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.”
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.
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.