Coleman sparks Cougars to MHSAA girls title

GARDEN CORNERS – When Superior Central needed it, senior Kelsey Coleman was there to step in.

An inspired Munising team made it tough on the Cougars for a half before SC pulled away, snowballing it into a 65-29 victory to win their second straight Class D district tournament title.

Coleman scored 15 points, matching a career-high set as a sophomore and matched earlier this season. As multiple perimeter shots didn’t fall early for the Cougars, Lindsey Richmond and Teslyn Tyner found Coleman in the post while she also hit several jumpers in the paint.

“We did a really good job working the ball in tonight and we hit a lot of outside shots, too,” Coleman said. “We had a lot of help on defense, which was good for when they were driving.”

It was just another case of the undefeated Cougars (23-0) having someone take over when they needed it.

“Kelsey stepped it up tonight and that was big,” SC coach Greg Trowbridge said. “She made some big buckets and wasn’t afraid to shoot it when she was open.

“We were having trouble getting that second effort, so give Munising credit. I thought they played us tough in that first half.”

The Mustangs (12-11) pressed the Cougars on defense, rebounded well and limited the Cougars’ second-chance opportunities. With two minutes left in the first quarter, SC led 10-7. Then the Mustangs began making mistakes and Superior Central turned that into a 13-0 run spanning into the second.

“We had a couple turnovers,” Mustangs coach Matt Mattson said.

“At one point we had a 3-pointer go in and out, got the rebound and threw it away and they scored. “

Tyner led the Cougars with 17 points, including three triples, four assists and eight steals, while Vanessa Freberg had seven steals to go with 15 points.

Munising was led by Megan McLaren, who also had three triples.