Prep girls hoops roundup: Gwinn falls to 0-2 after slow start, Munising is 2-0

GWINN – The Gwinn girls basketball team was held scoreless until early in the second quarter on Friday in a 56-41 loss to Gladstone in Gwinn.

The Modeltowners (0-2) were outscored 12-0 in the first quarter and according to head coach Ben Olsen, his team missed about seven “ground-zero shots” right underneath the rim, including a few layups.

“We hit every part of the rim and the ball wouldn’t go in,” Olsen said. “I asked the referee at one point to take the lid off the rim and it didn’t help either.”

The Modeltowners shot 46.9 percent from the floor, hitting 15 of 32 shots. The Braves (2-0) finished 39.1 percent from the floor, hitting 18 of 46 field goals.

Gladstone made its free throws, however, draining 17 of 24 compared to Gwinn missing over half, making just 6 of 15 attempts.

Junior guard Mackenzie Holland was the lone Modeltowner to score in double figures with 12 points.

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Munising 51, Newberry 38

At Munising, freshman Marissa Immel scored 22 points while fellow freshman teammate Frankie Mattson recorded 10 points and 17 rebounds to lead the Mustangs to a 2-0 mark to start the season.

The Mustangs won the battle on the boards 38-22 while neither team could crack 40-percent field goal shooting. Newberry hit 31.9 percent of its shots, while Munising made 35.8 percent.

At the free throw line, Munising made 12 of 27 and Newberry converted on 6 of 18 attempts.

Taylor Bryant led the Indians in scoring with 10 points.

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Marquette 55, St. Ignace 44

At the Petoskey Invitational, the Redettes (2-0) broke a two-game losing streak to a Saints team that has won state titles in two of the past three seasons.

Marquette (2-0) led at the end of every quarter, but nearly threw away a 37-26 lead after the third as St. Ignace went on a 10-0 run to start the fourth.

The Saints forced four turnovers in the stretch, but MSHS righted itself with its own pressure for several steals along with a 3-pointer by Destiny Beckwith.

Beckwith and Redettes teammate Hunter Viitala led all scorers with 18 points. Beckwith finished with four 3s, while Viitala added five steals and four rebounds. Maddie Connon led MSHS with seven rebounds, while Lizzie Kurin dished out eight assists.

Kelly Wright paced St. Ignace with 14 points.

The Marquette JV also won, 75-19, to put both teams in their respective championship games against Brighton, the JV playing at 1 p.m. and varsity at 2:30 p.m. today.

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Superior Central 63, Big Bay 19

At Garden Corners, four Cougars scored in double figures as SC (2-0) raced to a 45-10 halftime lead in its Central Upper Peninsula Conference opener.

SC’s Brooke Pasanen scored 17 points, Teslyn Tyner and Molly Swajanen 13 each while Vanessa Freberg added 12.

“Tyner has very quick hands,” Big Bay de Noc coach Ryan Knoph said. “She can create a lot problems for other teams.”

Sam Sundling hit 11 points and Kelsi Stapleton grabbed 12 rebounds for Big Bay (0-2, 0-2).

Big Bay hit just 6 of 53 field goals and committed 16 turnovers.

Big Bay won the JV game, 27-25, as the Cougars play at Munising on Wednesday.