Prep girls basketball roundup: Gwinn edges Munising, Republic-Michigamme wins first game of season
MUNISING – Gwinn built a 40-26 lead after three quarters and held on for a 43-40 victory at Munising in high school girls basketball action on Thursday night.
The Mustangs fell to 10-4 on the season despite freshman Marissa Immel scoring 14 points and senior Sadie Cornish adding 10.
Munising star Frankie Mattson sprained an ankle midway through the first quarter. She got it taped at halftime and wound up hauling in a team-high 10 rebounds, but only scored seven points.
“She played hard. She rebounded well and played good defense, but she wasn’t as effective offensively (with the injury),” said her father, Munising head coach Matt Mattson.
Juniors Ellie Olsen and Jordyn Hutchens notched 11 points apiece to pace Gwinn (7-8). Another junior, McKenzie Hollands, chipped in nine points and senior Katie Aho grabbed seven boards.
“I don’t like moral victories, but I’m proud of the girls,” coach Mattson said. “They played hard.”
Munising took the JV game, 48-41.
At Republic, Kayla DuMoulin (15) and Sara DuMoulin (10) combined for 25 points to lead the Hawks to their first victory since restarting their program this season.
The Hawks (1-10) led 21-10 at the half and were able to hold on the rest of the way.
“The biggest adjustment the girls made was working hard,” R-M coach Matt Davidson said. “It’s amazing how you can overcome mistakes when you put forth a good effort.
“I’m most proud of the fact this was our third game in four days (and we still won).”
Iron Mountain 26
At Iron Mountain, Negaunee used an offensive surge in the second half. The Miners (9-6 overall, 8-1 M-PC) outscored the Mountaineers 26-13 in the second half to win going away.
“We started off slow. We were up just 14-13 at the half,” NHS coach Brandon Sager said. “I challenged a few people and they did a good job in the second half.
“We just made some adjustments on both offense and defense.”
Aleda Johnson paced NHS with 15 points.
“She had a good night attacking the basket,” Sager said.
The Miners’ Rosalie Johnson added 10 points.
Alyssa Khor led the Mountaineers (1-11, 0-7) with nine points.
IM won the JV game, 56-36.
At Westwood, Gladstone marched to the free-throw line 31 times and made 22, while the Patriots were just 2 of 5 there.
“We weren’t in a defensive mindset,” Westwood coach Kurt Corcoran said. “This is one of those games that we just have to put behind us and forget about it. You usually have one of these a season.”
Each team is 8-6 after the Patriots had a six-game winning streak snapped.
Westwood senior Elizabeth Dauphinais-VanBuren recorded team highs of 12 points and five rebounds, while Gladstone was paced by seniors Jess Beaudry with 16 points and Christine Sharon with 15.
Gladstone had a modest 32-17 at halftime and used a 25-point fourth quarter to erase any doubt about the outcome.
The Braves also won the JV game, 51-25.
Newberry 40, Manistique 33
At Manistique, Newberry caught up and passed the Emeralds in the late going despite the absence of leading scorer Taylor Bryant due to injury for several minutes.
The Indians (9-5) employed a pressing defense to earn some turnovers and subsequent easy buckets to erase a three-point deficit with about three minutes remaining.
“And Bridget Stoetzer made all four of her free throws and Bryant was 2 for 2 right toward the end of the game,” Newberry coach Hondo Depew said.
Bryant finished with team highs of 19 points and six rebounds, scoring 10 of her team’s first 12 points against Manistique’s zone defense.
Junior Samantha Williams paced the Emeralds (2-13) with 11 points.
The Indians also won the JV game, 47-37.