MANISTIQUE - The Negaunee girls got an early jump on Manistique Friday night, handing the Emeralds a 56-43 basketball loss.
Negaunee led 14-7 after the first quarter and 31-21 at halftime of the Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up.
"The first quarter definitely hurt us," said Emeralds' coach Kelley Spettel. "They pushed the ball up and down the floor, and we had some match-up problems. At halftime, we made some adjustments and the girls came out fired up (in the third quarter). Only, we couldn't get over that hump. They had an answer for everything we tried to do."
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Manistique’s Gabby Lafayette goes for a jump shot against Aubri Romback and Haley Blake of Negaunee Friday night at Manistique.
The victory enabled the Miners to improved to 2-0.
Kyra Lauzon scored 11 points for Manistique, which fell to 0-2 overall and 0-1 in the M-PC. Lexi Carlson grabbed 10 rebounds, blocked for shots and collected three steals. The Emeralds played without Mindy Hoholik, who was attending another school activity.
"For a freshman, Lexi did pretty good for a freshman against Negaunee," said Spettel. "Overall, we didn't rebound as well as we would have liked."
Negaunee 14 17 9 16 - 56
Manistique 7 14 7 15 - 43
Negaunee - Blake 2, Wilber 13, Hakala 6, Veale 10, Randall 2, Niemi 2, Cappoferri 2, A. Anderson 6, R. Anderson 11, Romback 2. FT: 7-17; F: 20; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Wilber 2.
Manistique - Carlson 6, Cook 8, Ashbrook 4, Lafayette 6, Lauzon 11, Knuth 1, Bosanic 1, Morrison 6. FT: 9-21; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Ashbrook, Lauzon.
Both teams had 31 rebounds and Manistique had 11 turnovers.
The Emeralds, who also dropped the jayvee game, travels to Norway Thursday.