Negaunee, Superior Central post wins
By Journal Sports Staff
MANISTIQUE — The Negaunee girls basketball team continued its strong start to the season Friday night, rolling past Manistique 62-22.
Four Miners finished in double figures with Natalie Bartle leading the way with 15 points. Clara Johnson dropped in 12, while teammates Megan Syrjala and Hannah Voskuhl both chipped in 10.
The Miners jumped out to a 17-4 lead after the first quarter and led by 20 at the half. Negaunee then put the game away in the third, outscoring the Emeralds 20-8 in the frame.
“Defensively we came out strong and really set the tone on offense,” Miners head coach Brandon Sager said. “I’m feeling really good. We have to dial things in, though, because we have a big game with Marquette next week.”
Superior Central 60, Rapid River 31
At Eben, SC coach Greg Trowbridge was pleased with the upset his Cougars pulled off.
SC improved to 2-6 overall and 1-6 in the Skyline Central Conference, while the Rockets slipped to 4-2 and 4-2.
“We played some good defense,” Trowbridge said. “(RR) got into some foul trouble and we got in the bonus and made some free throws.”
That was led by senior Tori Tyner, who made 12 of 19 free throws for 14 points. As a team, the Cougars made 21 of 29 free throws compared to just 6 of 12 for Rapid River.
In the fourth quarter, SC was 12 of 15 at the line as they scored 20 points to salt away the result.
Senior Emma Rondeau added 14 points to the winning effort, while senior teammate Taylor Silta scored 12 and sophomore Willow Pasanen 11.
“We still have a problem with turnovers, I was told by Rapid River’s people we had 26, to 21 for them,” Trowbridge said.
Elizabeth Goodacre and Jaden Schwarts paced the Rockets with nine points apiece.
Rapid River won the JV game, but no score was available.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg and Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. Email them at sports@miningjournal. net.