Emeralds cracked by 5th-ranked Miners

MANISTIQUE — After a decent start to the first quarter, things fell apart for the Manistique girls in a 59-21 loss to fifth-ranked Negaunee in a Mid-Peninsula Conference basketball game Friday in Manistique.

The Emeralds trailed just 17-9 after the first quarter, then were shut out in the second as they went into halftime trailing 32-9.

“They were pretty much in a full-court press for the majority of the game, which wasn’t awful, we just didn’t work hard enough,” Emeralds’ coach Dave Winkel said. “We got outhustled and outworked. We just got blown off our home court tonight, that was the bottom line.”

Negaunee (7-2, 4-0 M-PC) shot 26 for 53 from the field and held a 26-16 rebounding edge. The Emeralds (2-7, 0-4) shot just 8 for 28.

“We had a good spurt at the end of the first quarter and maybe a good minute or two stretch throughout the game, but you have to do it for a full 32 minutes if you expect to win,” Winkel said. “That’s kind of where we were at tonight.”

Alyssa Hill led the Miners with a game-high 19 points. Madison Zellar had 11 for Manistique.

The Emeralds, who lost the jayvee game 51-23, visit Engadine Monday. Negaune hosts West Iron County Tuesday.

Negaunee 17 15 14 13 — 59

Manistique 9 0 3 9 — 21

Negaunee — Nelson 8, Hendrickson 2, Norman 9, Anderson 4, Carlson 12, Hill 19, Giotto 5. F: 12; Fouled out: None. FT: 4-8; 3-point field goals: Nelson 2, Norman 1.

Manistique — Zellar 11, McDaniel 4, Kingren 2, Muth 4. F: 11; Fouled out: None. FT: 5-12.


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