2018-01-11 / Sports

Emeralds topped by Bears


It was a battle of the 24s. Firmly planted, the Emeralds’ Joslyn Muth holds her ground as the Black Bears’ Holli Stapleton attempts to lay one up off the glass. 
Joe LeBlanc photo It was a battle of the 24s. Firmly planted, the Emeralds’ Joslyn Muth holds her ground as the Black Bears’ Holli Stapleton attempts to lay one up off the glass. Joe LeBlanc photo MANISTIQUE – Despite freezing temperatures outside, competition heated up inside the Richard Bonifas gymnasium last Saturday with a busy afternoon of basketball between the visiting Black Bears of Bay de Noc and the Manistique Emeralds.

The day ended split, with the Lady Bears defeating Manistique Emeralds’ varsity girls 45-34 and the Emerald varsity boys defeating Big Bay 70-45 for their first win of the season.

The girls’ contest began with a slow start for Manistique, who scored only two points in the first quarter. Trailing 10- 2, the Emeralds got triples by Madison Berry and Madison Kraatz, but couldn’t stop Big Bay’s Holli Stapleton, who scored half of the Bears’ 12 second-quarter points to push their lead to 22-10 at the half.


Under pressure from the Bears, Emilee McDaniel attempts two under the net. Additional photos from Saturday’s games against Big Bay de Noc girls and boys may be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com/Sports-Photos. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Under pressure from the Bears, Emilee McDaniel attempts two under the net. Additional photos from Saturday’s games against Big Bay de Noc girls and boys may be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com/Sports-Photos. Joe LeBlanc photo “We lacked the energy we needed throughout much of the game,” said Coach David Winkel. “By the time we really kicked it into gear, it was too little too late. Part of the problem was that we just couldn’t buy a bucket in the first quarter and our defense wasn’t great, but it was good enough to keep us in the game, we just couldn’t get our offense going.”

With eight points in the books, Stapleton scored seven of the nine points scored by the Bears, who extended their lead to 31-16 at the end of the third quarter. She finished the night with 16 points to lead all scorers.

Trying to play catch-up, Manistique dropped four buckets from behind the arc in the fourth, outscoring Big Bay 18-14.

“Finally in the fourth quarter everything started to click, but by then we were in too deep of a hole with too little time left to make it all the way back,” Winkel said.

The stage is set for a homecoming show down between the Bears (3- 4) and the Rockets in Big Bay this Friday. Coming off back-to-back wins over Engadine and Manistique, Coach Brad McPhee looks to make it three in a row against Rapid River, who after starting the season off with five straight wins, has lost their last two contests.

Big Bay: 10, 12, 9, 14 – 45

Manistique: 2, 8, 6, 18 – 34

Big Bay: Yonker 2, McPhee 7, Mercier 6, Dalgord 14, Stapleton 16.

Manistique: Berry 8, Kraatz 9, Peterson 4, Schuetter 2, McDaniel 2, Muth 9.

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