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Negaunee uses strong first quarter to surge past Norway

By Journal Sports Staff

December 15, 2012
The Mining Journal

NEGAUNEE - The Negaunee High School girls basketball team used 24 first quarter points to secure a win over Mid-Peninsula Conference opponent Norway on Friday night at home.

The Miners went on to lead 37-19 at the half to maintain their lead before defeating Norway 62-41 to move to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the conference.

"The girls came out and shot really well after a poor shooting night last Tuesday up in L'Anse," Negaunee head coach Brandon Sager said. "We just got out of the gate really quick. Scoring 24 in first quarter was a good way to start the game."

Negaunee was led by Kayla Hakala in the win, as she scored a game-high 15 points. Also leading the way for the Miners was Rosalie Anderson, who contributed 14 points and five rebounds to the effort.

For Norway, Bailey Grayvold had a team-high 14 points.

Negaunee also won the JV game on Friday night, defeating Norway 42-30.

Superior Central 75,

Mid Peninsula 25

Superior Central junior Vanessa Freberg notched 16 points, nine rebounds and six steals to lead the Cougars to a Central U.P. Conference victory over Mid Peninsula on Friday night, bringing the team to a 5-0 overall on the season.

The Cougars got out to a quick 13-2 lead in the first quarter and managed to further their lead to 32-11 by halftime.

Superior Central head coach Greg Trowbridge said his team's strong defense stalled Mid Pen, but his Cougars committed too many fouls in the first half.

"We came out with high intensity and we knew what we were up against," Trowbridge said. "Our press was bothering them and Vanessa (Freberg) hit a couple early baskets for us to get a good lead.

"The one bad thing about the night was that I think we had 13 or 14 fouls in the first half. We were being over-aggressive. We kept putting them on the line in the second quarter."

Also adding some offense for the Cougars were Brooke Pasanen, who led the game with 17 points, and Tesyln Tyner, who notched 16.

For Mid Pen, Hunter Branstrom had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds. The Wolverines moved to 1-2 in the Central U.P. Conference and 2-3 overall with the loss.

Mid Pen won the jayvee game, 29-21.

North Central 50,

Munising 22

At Powers Friday night, the North Central girls shook off a slow star tin posting a 50-22 basketball triumph over the Munising Mustangs.

North Central led 8-6 after the first quarter and 23-11 at halftime of the Central U.P. Conference outing.

"We didn't shoot very well tonight," Jets' coach Nikki Laurila said. "They played a decent man-to-man (defense) and we were rushing our offense, especially in the first quarter. We did a little better in the second quarter. We got the ball into the post and they were fouling quite a bit."

The Jets (5-1 overall, 4-1 CUP) hit 14-of-60 field goals and collected 27 steals.

Morgan Wells paced the Jets with 14 points. Darcy Rochon added 12 points and nine rebounds. Dana Rochon had 11 points and eight steals.

Munising (3-1 overall) played its CUP opener without Emily DesJardins, who's sidelined with an Achilles tendon injury.

The Jets won the JV game, 43-30.

Manistique 38,

Iron Mountain 35

The Manistique Emeralds (1-4) broke into the win column as the emeralds edged the visiting Iron Mountain Mountaineers, 38-35, Friday night.

"It was our first win, so it's obviously a good feeling for us," Emerald' coach Kelly Spettel said. "We played well down the stretch, and we were very disciplined on offense. We finally took better care of the basketball."

The Mountaineers held a 21-20 lead heading into halftime, but a good defensive effort in the third quarter helped earn the Emeralds the game.

Point guard, Kyra Lauzon hit8 of 9 from the free throw line, hauled in seven rebounds and scored 18 points to lead Manistique.

The Mountaineers' junior varsity edged the Emeralds, 46-45.



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