MUNISING - Munising built a 25-point lead but had to hang on in the fourth quarter to post a 53-41 victory over North Central in a Central Upper Peninsula high school girls basketball game played Friday night.
The Mustangs, who improved to 4-1 overall and 1-1 in the CUP, steadily opened up a lead until their advantage was 47-22 by the end of the third quarter in handing the Jets their first conference loss in four games.
"We played really well for three quarters," MHS coach Matt Mattson said, "then in the fourth, (North Central) made a run at us."
He said, though, that Munising was able to keep its lead in double digits even as it was quickly eroding in the fourth.
Freshman Frankie Mattson led the Mustangs to their quick start, recording game highs of 22 points, 14 rebounds and six assists. Freshman teammate Bailey Downs was next in scoring with eight points.
Baylee Wells paced NC (3-4, 3-1) with 17 points and eight rebounds, while teammate Morgan Wells added 10 points.
Munising also won the JV game, but no score was available.
Superior Central 60, Mid Peninsula 27
In a girls game at Perkins, SC survived easily despite a rough shooting performance from 3-point land as the Cougars used a big performance on the boards and scrappy defense.
SC tried more than 30 triples because of the Wolverines zone. The Cougars weren't able to connect on a high percentage but did grab 40 rebounds and had 16 steals, mostly out of their press.
"I thought the girls played hard," said Superior Central head coach Greg Trowbridge. "Our press was working pretty good. We got a few girls get in foul trouble but I thought we stuck with them and wore them down."
The score was tied 9-9 midway through the first quarter but the Cougars held the Wolverines to three points in the second quarter as they built a 30-14 halftime lead.
Vanessa Freberg led the Cougars with 13 rebounds and seven steals. She also added 16 points.
Gwinn 51, Manistique 34
In a boys game at Manistique, the Emeralds trailed 13-3 after one quarter and 28-13 at halftime of this Mid-Peninsula Conference match-up.
"We've had these problems all year," said Emeralds' coach Todd Kangas. "We've also had quarters in other games where we scored three or four points."
"I thought we controlled the game, but we didn't shoot very well," GHS coach Darren Sinnaeve said about 34 percent shooting on 20 of 59 shots. "But we still had enough in us to win it."
Owen DeVooght, Alex Morse and Kylor Skinner led the Modeltowners (2-1 overall, 1-1 M-PC) with 12 points each. Justin Beauchamp added 10 points and grabbed a team-high nine rebounds.
Tyler Kangas paced the Emeralds (0-5, 0-3) with 20 points.
The Emeralds sank 14 of 32 field goals and committed 14 turnovers.
"We need to take more shots," said Todd Kangas. "We still need to help ourselves on offense by crashing the boards, although, we did a little better job tonight."
Manistique, which won the JV contest 48-39, travels to Negaunee Friday. Gwinn is idle until Jan. 3 when it heads to Norway.