2018-03-08 / Sports

Bears’ district journey ends


Busy running the Bears’ offense, Madison McPhee hit a bucket early in her final game as a Black Bear. Additional photos can be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Busy running the Bears’ offense, Madison McPhee hit a bucket early in her final game as a Black Bear. Additional photos can be viewed at www.mstqpioneertribune.smugmug.com. Pioneer Tribune photo COOKS – It was a bitter sweet loss for the defending Class D District Champions Friday night at Big Bay de Noc. On fire, Big Bay was unstoppable early, but foul trouble changed the tempo and the outcome of the contest.

Taking advantage, the Munising Mustangs (22-1) out-scored Big Bay 19-3 in the second period on their way to a 60-45 win for the district finals.

The temp was set early when senior Brooke Dalgord drained a three-point basket off the opening tip. Up 13-8 off a bucket by Dalgord at the 2:42 mark in the first period, Big Bay went on a 6-2 run by feeding the ball inside to Holli Stapleton, who scored all six to give Big Bay a 19-12 lead at the end of the quarter.

The aggressive style of play which put the Bears on top of the number-one ranked Mustangs contributed to the loss. With three fouls in the books, Stapleton sat the majority of the second period.


Holli Stapleton, a force under the net this season, is shown above. 
Pioneer Tribune photo Holli Stapleton, a force under the net this season, is shown above. Pioneer Tribune photo Taking advantage, Munising ran the court well and scored the first 17 points of the second period. A shot from the free throw line by Dalgord ended the run; two additional points from Alexia Mercier left the Bears trailing 36-22 at the half.

The tempo didn’t slow down coming off the break. Trailing 47-28, Maddie McPhee dropped a shot at the 3:22 mark in the third. Two by Stapleton from the free throw line left the Bears trailing 51-32 with eight minutes left. That was eight minutes for the Bears to catch-up and for Dalgord to reach the 1,000-point mark.

With a quick bucket to start the period and time running out, Dalgord hit a jump shot at the 1:23 mark scoring the 1,000th point of her high school career.


With time running out in the first half, Alexia Mercier hit a bucket to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 14 at the half. 
Pioneer Tribune photo With time running out in the first half, Alexia Mercier hit a bucket to cut the Mustangs’ lead to 14 at the half. Pioneer Tribune photo Stapleton led the Bears with 16 points, Dalgord 13, Yonker six, McPhee four, Mercier four, Lawrence two.

Kianne Wendt led the Mustangs in scoring with 16 points. Munising lost to Chassell in the regionals by the score of 52-46.

Big Bay 19 3 10 13 - 45

Munising 14 22 15 9 - 60

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