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Miners, Mustangs remain unbeaten

December 5, 2012
By Journal Sports Staff , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Negaunee and Munising remain unbeaten while Gwinn is still looking for its first win following Tuesday's action in high school girls basketball.

Negaunee 46,

Escanaba 35

At Negaunee, the Miners made five 3-pointers while playing a smothering defense, according to coach Brandon Sager.

"Our defense is what won the game for us," Sager said.

Negaunee built a 26-14 halftime lead and held off the Eskymos (1-2) in the second half.

The Miners' Rosalie Anderson scored 12 points and grabbed eight rebounds, while teammate Kayla Hakala had 11 points, including a pair of 3s, and four steals.

Escanaba's Michelle LaFave led all scorers with 15 points, but was the only Eskymo with more than six.

Negaunee also won the JV game, 37-27.

Munising 42,

Newberry 26

At Munising, the Mustangs trailed 10-8 after one quarter but stifled Newberry with its defense after that.

"We didn't score in the first four minutes of the game, so I was happy we were that close in the first quarter," Munising coach Matt Mattson said. "We buckled down with our defense after that."

The Mustangs (2-0) allowed just two second-quarter points to go up 19-12 at halftime.

"I told the girls in the locker room if we keep them under 30 points, then we'll win," Mattson said.

Munising senior Sheena Sowa led all scorers with 12 points, while sophomore teammate Karlee Decet scored seven points and pulled down a game-high seven rebounds.

Newberry (1-2) was paced by senior Morgan Buckingham with nine points.

The Mustangs did receive some bad news as senior Emily DesJardins, who led the team in most statistical categories last season, will be out for the rest of the season after she has Achilles tendon surgery later this week.

The Indians won the JV game, 54-26.

BR-Harris 77, Gwinn 64

At Harris, the Modeltowners played another road game against one of the Upper Peninsula's best and stayed within range in the final period.

"We fell 20 points down at one time, but we pulled back within seven with about four minutes left in the game," Gwinn first-year coach Ben Olsen said. "Bark River can really fly down the court, but my girls showed incredible heart and incredible perseverance."

For the Modeltowners (0-3), sophomore Ellie Olsen scored 18 points, junior Kaylee Arnsparger had 14 and senior Lydia Asplund added 12. Olsen, Asplund, and senior Megan McGuire each pulled down seven rebounds.

The Broncos (1-1) got a game-high 22 points from Megan Derusha, 19 from Kylie VanBrocklin and 13 from Sarah Madalinski.

Gwinn won the JV game, 56-53.



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