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Munising’s opening-night comeback includes a downer

November 28, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MUNISING - Munising's opening-night victory might've come with a loss.

The Mustangs girls basketball team defeated Manistique 53-48 at home Tuesday night, but in the process, the Mustangs might've lost one of its best seniors.

Emily DesJardins was the Mustangs leading rebounder with eight despite a diminutive 5-foot-3 stature.

"She has a possible Achilles tendon injury, but I don't know the extent of it (Tuesday night)," Munising coach Matt Mattson said. "She's one of the hardest working kids I've ever been around, and I'd hate to see her miss most of her senior season if it's that serious."

DesJardins also scored 11 points for the Mustangs, who used a big third quarter to turn a 33-22 halftime deficit into a 40-38 lead entering the fourth quarter.

"We just played with a lack of intensity in the first half," Mattson said. "We didn't make any strategic adjustments at halftime. We just started getting after it and played hard in the second half."

Senior Sheena Sowa kept Munising in the game, scoring 11 of her 17 points in the opening two quarters, then let another senior teammate, Megan McLaren, take over in the second half. McLaren scored 15 of her game-high 19 points in the third and fourth periods.

For Manistique, seniors led the way. Kyra Lauzon scored 16 points, Gabby Lafayette added 10 and Mindy Hoholik grabbed eight rebounds.

Manistique won the JV game, 39-29.



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