Prep girls basketball: Foul trouble plagues Munising

NEWBERRY – Munising was beset with foul trouble with its star freshmen and lost at Newberry, 42-37, a day after entering the Upper Peninsula’s Class D poll in fifth place.

Freshmen starters Marissa Immel, Frankie Mattson and Bailey Downs all finished with four fouls, Mattson and Immel getting their fourth fouls during the third quarter.

“Newberry was the more aggressive team at times,” MHS coach Matt Mattson said.

Newberry coach Hondo Depew agreed, saying his team put on a full-court press once the Munising stars were knocked out of the game in the third quarter. That was when the Indians erased a 15-12 halftime deficit to take a 28-22 lead heading into the fourth quarter.

Munising built its early lead as Mattson scored seven of her team’s nine first-quarter points.

Then in the fourth, Immel re-entered the game and scored eight of her 10 points in those eight minutes. But Newberry held off the charge by making free throws down the stretch.

The Indians’ Taylor Bryant led all scorers with 16 points, and was credited by Depew for her defense. Immel scored just two points in the first half with Bryant guarding her, then Mattson had three points in the second half when Bryant switched to defending her.

Newberry’s Bridge Stoetzer finished with 14 points and a team-high six rebounds, while Mattson put up Munising team highs of 13 points and 11 rebounds.

The Indians also won the JV game, 34-21.