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Cougars exact revenge on Munising

March 3, 2012
By Ogden Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MUNISING - Revenge was still sweet, if not unexpected, for Superior Central on Friday night in the Class D girls basketball district tournament held in Munising.

The Cougars, ranked No. 3 in the final girls Upper Peninsula poll this week, ran away from the host Mustangs 50-28 to capture the district championship and advance to regional play in Kingsford Tuesday.

SC (20-2) took a 21-9 halftime lead and doubled that in the third quarter to go up 42-18 entering the final period.

"The girls have been waiting a year for this," Cougars coach Greg Trowbridge said. "They were disappointed last year when we blew a 14-point lead in the district finals and lost to Munising.

"The girls played a pretty good ball game. And you've got to give Munising credit - they played a lot better than the first two times we played them."

Those games were 39- and 57-point blowouts in favor of the Cougars.

"I'm definitely proud of my kids," Munising coach Matt Mattson said.

SC sophomore Vanessa Freberg led all scorers with 24 points, while senior teammate Jamie Seppanen added 11.

For Munsing (6-16), Emily DesJardins recorded team highs of 11 points and eight rebounds.

St. Ignace 82,

Manistique 41

At Manistique, the Emeraldds ran into a buzzsaw in top-ranked St. Ignace in a Class C district final.

St. Ignace (22-0) won its fourth straight district titleby taking leads of 21-10 and 42-21 after the first two quarters.

"Nothing was different from the first time (in a 65-53 loss on Jan. 24), other than we didn't take care of the ball tonight," Emeralds' coach Kelley Spettel said.

The defending state champions move to the regional tournament in Marquette to face West Iron County (19-3) Tuesday.

Lauren Goldthorpe led the Saints with 23 points.

Gabrielle Lafeyette scored 14 points and Kyra Lauzon added 12 for the Emeralds (8-14).

Baraga 32, Chassell 30

At Lake Linden, junior Brittany Nieskes released a floater that hit the rim before falling through to lead the Vikings to a Class D district win and berth in the regionals Tuesday at Kingsford.

Nieskes was named the tournament MVP with 10 points, including six in the fourth quarter.

Chassell, 1-18 in the regular season, led through the first three quarters, but was only able to score four points in the final period.

Jamie Dompier led Chassell with 12 points.

L'Anse 68, Hancock 43

At L'Anse, the Purple Hornets led 27-26 at halftime before going on an 8-0 tear en route to a 35-26 lead in the third quarter.

L'Anse meets Houghton tonight for the district crown.

The Hornets (17-4) were led by Madi Swanson with 15 points and five steals. Valerie Rajala chipped in 12 more, while Stephanie Raymond was solid with 11 points and a game-best 10 rebounds.



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