Munising quickly shakes off rust

MANISTIQUE — Wait till Munising really gets going.

Mustangs girls basketball coach Matt Mattson is willing to be patient with a team that made up the core of Munising’s run to the MHSAA Class D semifinals in volleyball in the past few weeks.

Nevertheless, the Mustangs jumped out early for a 61-31 opening-game victory at Manistique on Tuesday night.

Munising led 19-5 after one quarter, extending its advantage to 32-11 by halftime.

“We’re a little rusty and we didn’t shoot the ball very well,” Mattson said. “But we definitely worked hard and got some turnovers early on.”

Teammates Kianne Wendt and Daryn Johnson shared scoring honors with 15 points apiece, while Wendt also shared rebounding honors with Michaela Werner as they both pulled down 10.

Renae Schuetter paced the Emeralds with eight points, while teammate Emilee McDaniel added six points and a team-high six rebounds.

The Emeralds did win the JV game 44-24.

Both teams return to the court on Friday. Munising hosts Stephenson while Manistique goes to Negaunee.

Lake Linden-Hubbell 61, Republic-Michigamme 33

At Republic, the Hawks played LL-H nearly even for the middle two quarters, going 16-16 in the second and only being outscored 8-5 in the third.

“We did really well, even when a couple of our starters went out with injuries,” R-M coach April Radcliffe said of the middle quarters. “The bench did a good job.”

She said her Hawks allowed some easy baskets in the first quarter, when the Lakes raced to an 18-5 lead, by not shutting down the baseline.

Tailyn Raisanen paced R-M with 13 points and seven rebounds, while Nikki Wertanen added six points.

LL-H’s Laura Lyons scored 17 points, Keirstyn Codere 16 and McKenna Keranen 12.

The Lakes also won the JV game 37-15.

LL-H returns to action Thursday night with a home game against L’Anse, while R-M is back on the court Friday with a road game at Chassell.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is