2018-02-08 / Sports

Emerald girls drop games


Joe LeBlanc photo Sydnee MacPhail sends one to the net in second half against Iron Mountain. She finished the night sinking six. Joe LeBlanc photo Sydnee MacPhail sends one to the net in second half against Iron Mountain. She finished the night sinking six. MANISTIQUE – With several second and third looks, the Iron Mountaineers used their size advantage to control the board and defeat the Lady Emeralds in Manistique last Thursday night 63-29.

“There is one stat that pretty much sums up the game tonight – Iron Mountain won the rebounding battle 51-12,” Coach David Winkel said.

The tempo was set early by the Mountaineers’ Riley Poupore who scored 10 of Iron Mountain’s 16 first-quarter points and 12 of their 20 second quarter points to hold a 36- 15 lead at the half. Popoure finished the night with 26 points to lead all scorers.

“Unfortunately this was probably our worst effort of the season,” said Winkel. “We lacked the energy and the desire to compete for most of the 32 minutes tonight. We got off to a rough start and were never able to steady the ship.


Maddie McAlpine takes a look at the net during second quarter action against Iron Mountain. Additional photos may be viewed at www.mstqpioneertirbune.smugmug.com/sports. 
Joe LeBlanc photo Maddie McAlpine takes a look at the net during second quarter action against Iron Mountain. Additional photos may be viewed at www.mstqpioneertirbune.smugmug.com/sports. Joe LeBlanc photo Iron Mountain was very aggressive and played with more intensity than we did tonight,” he continued. “They kept throwing punches and we were never able to fight back.”

Madison Berry led the Emeralds in scoring with seven points, Renae Schuetter and Sydnee MacPhail each finished with six points.

Manistique: 6, 9, 5, 9 – 29.

Iron Mountain: 16, 20, 12, 15 – 63.

With just five points in the first quarter and four in the fourth, the slow start and finish by Manistique led to a 46-29 loss to Gwinn Tuesday night on the road.

“Our biggest downfall tonight was that we just couldn’t get the ball to go through the basket enough,” said Winkel. “When we ran our offense I thought we did a good job at finding good shots, but unfortunately we weren’t able to convert tonight.”

With a game plan of playing at their capability level, Winkel said he was happy with the energy and effort his team showed coming off the loss to Iron Mountain.

“The girls bounced back after a very flat performance against Iron Mountain and played with more of the aggression necessary to compete,” he said. “As long as we can look around the locker room after the game, look each other in the eye, and say with confidence that we gave each other everything we had, that’s all we can do and I think we took a step in the right direction tonight.”

Schuetter led the Emeralds in scoring with 11 points, Berry added seven, and Kraatz scored five.

Friday is senior night for Manistique, who will host Westwood for their final home appearance of the regular season.

Manistique: 5, 13, 7, 4 – 29.

Gwinn: 18, 13, 7, 8 – 46.

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