Prep Girls Basketball: Negaunee, Munising, L’Anse finish regular season with flourishes

By Journal Sports Staff

MANISTIQUE — The Negaunee girls basketball team capped off its regular season with a 53-21 road win at Manistique on Thursday night.

The Miners finish the regular season at 16-4 going into a big matchup with 19-1 Westwood on Monday night to open up district play in an MHSAA Division 3 tournament hosted by Gwinn.

Negaunee spread out its scoring well, getting a game-high 10 points from Payton Drew as MacKenzie Karki, Hannah Voskuhl and Chloe Norman each added eight points. Abby Nelson also chipped in with seven.

The Miners took a 20-6 lead after one quarter, and held Manistique (2-17) to just two points in the second, taking a commanding 30-8 lead at halftime.

Negaunee also held the Emeralds to single digits in both the third and fourth quarters.

NHS shot 21 of 43 from the field for 48.8 percent and went 10 of 18 from the free-throw line.

The Miners collected 24 rebounds with Norman getting eight.

Negaunee also won the JV game 55-27.

Looking ahead, the Miners and Patriots split their regular-season series, with Negaunee taking the first game of the season 46-36 on Jan. 18 before Westwood turned the tables on its home floor with a 53-40 win on Feb. 15.

Tipoff at Westwood High School is 7 p.m.

Manistique will visit Ishpeming (7-13) at the same time in that district.

Munising 82, Forest Park 55

At Munising, the Mustangs also had a big regular-season finale with a combined 48-point performance from Megan Matson and Michaela Werner.

Werner led Munising with 27 while Matson had 21. Daryn Johnson also hit double digits with 15.

Forest Park kept things close in the first, battling to a 17-17 stalemate after eight minutes.

Munising pulled away in the middle frames, scoring a combined 52 across the second and third quarters to pull ahead 69-43 after three.

Munising was 32 of 56 from the field, shooting 57.1 percent, while Forest Park was 22 of 43 for 51.1 percent. Munising grabbed 35 rebounds with Megan Matson getting eight. Forest Park had 32 rebounds with Mercedes Simmons collecting six.

Munising (14-4) opens its Division 4 district tourney facing Superior Central (0-16) at 7 p.m. Monday at Rapid River.

Chassell 75,

Republic-Michigamme 30

At Chassell, the Hawks ended their regular season at 3-15 and will open their Division 4 district tourney at North Central (14-5) on Monday. North Dickinson is the district host.

The Panthers (13-6) had three 20-plus point quarters to roll to the victory.

Tailyn Raisanen led R-M with 17 points.

L’Anse 63,

Lake Linden-Hubbell 17

At L’Anse, the Purple Hornets completed their regular season with a flourish despite missing four players who were attending an academic function downstate.

“We didn’t have our starting point guard, top post player or two reserves,” L’Anse head coach Scott Lloyd said, “but we brought up a couple of freshmen and they played well.”

One of those was point guard Summer Dudo, who scored eight points and directed the Hornets into committing just 11 turnovers, well under their season average.

And L’Anse senior Brianna Keinz established career highs of 20 points and 13 rebounds in the victory, while senior teammate Haley Nankervis scored 13 points and nine rebounds and junior Kailyn Voskuhl added 11 points, nine rebounds, eight assists and six steals.

“She good with hawking the ball, making a player think she’s not paying attention, then swooping in and taking the away,” Lloyd said of Voskuhl.

The Hornets (11-9) also got 10 points and eight assists from junior Addison Mattson.

The Lakes were paced by Jenna Dostaler with five points.

L’Anse quickly established leads of 17-4 after one quarter and 34-11 at halftime before plowing ahead for a 57-13 advantage after three quarters.

The Hornets, who also won the JV game, open MHSAA Division 4 district play with a game at tourney host Chassell at 7 p.m. Monday.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writers Ryan Spitza and Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. Email them at sports@miningjournal.net.