Gwinn girls use size to dominate inside in hoops victory at Munising

MUNISING – Gwinn used a size advantage to dominate the boards and move inside for closer shots in a 68-31 victory at Munising in girls high school basketball on Saturday.

The Modeltowners (3-8) held a 28-19 rebounding advantage, led by junior center Shelby Talsma with nine, six of them on the offensive end.

“Their size just killed us,” Mustangs coach Matt Mattson said. “Offensively, we didn’t get into the flow, and we tried to press and we tried a zone defense.”

Gwinn made 57 percent of its shots from the field (27 of 47), which was more than enough to make up for a tough 42 percent night at the free throw line (11 of 26).

The Modeltowners, who led 16-8 after one quarter and 35-17 at halftime, got 13 points from senior Morgan Bruce, 12 from sophomore Jordyn Hutchens and 11 from Talsma.

For Munising (4-7), junior Sadie Cornish scored six points while senior Megan McLaren had five points and a game-high 10 rebounds.

Gwinn also won the JV game, but no score was available.


Munising 50, Newberry 16

In a boys game played in Munising Saturday, Mustangs coach Dan Waterman credited a solid effort from his bench players for their dominance.

“(Sophomore Austin) Kelto did a nice job as he’s coming back from a broken leg, and (junior Chase) Nebel did all the little things,” Waterman said. “They provided a nice lift off the bench after a lackluster performance by our starters.”

Nevertheless, starting sophomore center Ben Stasewich led Munising (7-1) with 17 points and nine rebounds, while senior Gage Webster added 15 points. Kelto had nine points, seven on free throws, while Nebel had a single bucket but eight rebounds.

The Indians (1-8) were shut out in the second quarter and trailed 22-4 at halftime lead.

Munising also won the JV game, 52-30.