Menominee rolls past Gladstone
By Stephen Oman
EagleHerald sports writer
MENOMINEE — The Menominee girls basketball team started fast and avenged an earlier loss to Gladstone with a 60-38 win Friday night.
“We struggled up there shooting the ball,” Menominee coach Lucas Chouinard said. “Tonight was a good shooting night for us. When the girls made a lot of shots early on, it put a lot of pressure on (Gladstone).”
The Braves tried to press the Maroons early, but Menominee kept making shots and led 18-5 after the first quarter.
“We didn’t have the intensity we needed tonight,” Gladstone coach Andy Cretens said. “We beat (Menominee) a week and a half ago, and I think the girls thought they were just going to come in and do that. We just never got off the bus.”
Menominee kept up the shooting barrage in the second quarter and carried a 34-13 into the locker room.
“The girls broke their pressure,” Chouinard said. “We knew they were going to pressure us full court. We handled that very well and got to the spots where we could be successful on offense.”
Menominee played well in the post, with Emma Anderson scoring 12 points and Bri Burnett added eight.
“When those two are on the floor it creates a lot of matchup problems for teams,” Chouinard said. “Both of them are very strong down in the low post. The girls did a good job of either getting the ball to Emma where she could be successful or Bri where she could. The biggest thing they did was finish tonight.”
While Menominee enjoyed a big offensive half, Gladstone struggled to score against the Maroons.
“Our girls have really bought into playing good solid man-to-man defense,” Chouinard said.
“They have really taken pride in helping each other out, and that’s what you need on defense.”
The Braves took another shot at pressure in the third quarter and it worked.
Gladstone held Menominee to just three points in the third, but Menominee still led 37-21 heading into the fourth.
“We tried the press early in the game, but we weren’t moving our feet,” Cretens said. “That led to some open looks for them. We did better in the second half.”
The Braves cut it to 45-30 early in the fourth, but the Maroons regained their footing midway through the final period.
“It got a little scary at the end of the third quarter, heading to the fourth,” Chouinard said.
“We did a great job of persevering and getting through that spot.”
Erin Barrette led the Maroons with 14 points, and Emma Hofer added 11.
Taylor Hunter scored a game-high 15 points for Gladstone, and Kaitlyn Hardwick chipped in seven.
Menominee won the junior varsity game 37-36.
Jenna Nolde poured in 18 points for the Maroons, and Josie Hofer had 14. Alaina Trudeau led the Braves with 12.
Gladstone 5 8 8 17 — 38
Menominee 18 16 3 23 — 60
Gladstone — Balenger 2, Ahlgren 6, Zeise 3, hardwick 7, Hunter 15, Servant 1, Crow 4; FT: 10-18.
Menominee — Hofer 11, S. Barrette 5, E. Barrette 14, Klatt 2, Wellner 4, Burnett 8, Bellisle 4, Anderson 12; FT: 10-13.