Esky girls upended

NEGAUNEE — Junior guard Chloe Norman and senior forward Abby Nelson combined for 33 points here Tuesday to send Negaunee past Escanaba 57-39 in their first girls basketball game of the season.

Negaunee head coach Brandon Sager said his team had a rough start but finished strong.

“We were a bit sloppy at first but that’s why we watch film and we tightened up the things we needed,” he said. “Escanaba is a scrappy and athletic team and we needed to make adjustments. We kind of fought from behind for the first part of the game.

“It was nice to put the last three weeks of practice behind us and get on the floor and compete. We were happy to come out with a win.”

The Miners held a 15-11 lead after one quarter and a 35-22 lead at halftime.

Negaunee outscored the Eskymos 22-17 in the final two quarters.

Negaunee went 19 of 52 from the field and 14 of 24 at the free throw line. The Miners collected 46 rebounds with Nelson grabbing 13 and Norman nine.

Junior Taylor Ray, making her varsity debut, led the Eskymos with 15 points.

Negaunee also won the JV contest 40-27.

The Eskymos host Gaylord St. Mary Saturday.

Escanaba 11 11 11 6 — 39

Negaunee 15 20 10 12 — 57

Escanaba – Kamin 9, L. Chaillier 8, Weber 2, Ray 15, Sommers 3. FT: 12-23.

Negaunee – Karki 5, Paupore 4, Voskuhl 8, Drew 2, Norman 17, Hill 2, Nelson 16, Giotto 3. FT: 14-24.

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