MUNISING - Grabbing a 25-8 first quarter lead, the Superior Central High School girls basketball team cruised to a 68-32 Central U.P. League win over host Munising Wednesday night.
Vanessa Freberg led the U.P. Class D No. 2-ranked Cougars with 20 points and seven rebounds. Teammate Teslyn Tyner added 16 points and Brooke Pasanen netted 14.
"We got off to a good start," SC head coach Greg Trowbridge said after his squad improved to 18-0 overall and 12-0 in the CUP. "Teslyn scored 12 points and Vanessa eight in the first quarter.
"The girls moved the ball well and Munising had a hard time handling our pressure."
Sheena Sowa paced the Mustangs (9-10, 4-7) with 10 points and five boards.
"(The Cougars) came out on fire and we didn't react very well," Munising head coach Matt Mattson said. "Their pressure definitely got to us. We had a lot of turnovers.
"They played great defense and are undefeated for a reason."
Munising won the JV game, 43-38 in overtime.
NEWBERRY - The Emeralds got their offense rolling against the Indians on Wednesday night, and it gave them enough production to earn them the non-conference victory.
Despite a 19-point blast by the Indians in the fourth quarter, the Emeralds found a way to deny the comeback effort.
"They crawled back into it but we stayed strong," said Manistique coach Kelly Spettel. "We mad some free throws and we were able to finish the game with a win."
Kyra Lauzon certainly helped her team's cause, putting up a season-high 24 points. But rebounding may have been the biggest contributing factor. The Emeralds outrebounded the Indians 46-25.
"We hit the glass hard tonight, and that was definitely a huge advantage for us," Spettel said. "Overall, we played a nice game offensively. We still need to learn to play defense a little better though, especially going into the districts."
Sam Beaulieu led Newberry with 20 points, while Morgan Buckingham and Marissa Rushford both added 11.