Lady Emeralds keep season alive with win below bridge
HARBOR SPRINGS – Trailing 30-27 with 3:58 remaining in the contest, the Emeralds’ Sammie Williams hit a basket from the floor to cut the Rams’ lead to two Monday night. Williams then came up with a loose ball, found Allie Nagy open in the corner for a three-point basket to give Manistique all the cushion they would need.
Sticking with a full court press, the Emeralds didn’t allow a point by the Harbor Springs Rams in the final four minutes of the contest, sealing their victory and right to advance in tournament play.
“We went on an 8-0 run to end the game and win by five. During that time we didn’t make crucial mistakes and took care of the ball,” Coach Kelley Spettel said.
On paper it was an even match-up with the Emeralds winning the battle from the free throw line. Harbor Springs finished the game 11-of-49 from the floor, 0-8 from the charity stripe. Manistique finished 13-of-47 from the floor, 7-of-13 from the line.
“It’s a long trip down there and the win was our reward,” Spettel said. “It wasn’t pretty, but the girls gutted it out, bent but did not break.”
Manistique: Leah Cook 12, Nagy five, Maggie Morrison five, Williams four, Breanna Bosanic three, Hailey Hoholik, Lindsay Knuth, Jen Carlson two points each.
The Manistique Emeralds and the Newberry Indians squared off in the semifinal round of district action Wednesday after press time for the right to advance to the 93 District Finals against the winner of Indian River Inland Lakes (10-1) and the St. Ignace Saints (16-2).
Manistique (4-17) and Newberry (11-8) split games during the regular season, both winning on the road. Spettel said she is looking forward to the rematch with Newberry.
“We were hoping to get another shot at them since the last one was so tough on us physically and emotionally,” she said.