Munising Mustangs girls basketball team runs away with win over Big Bay de Noc, 83-20

Munising’s Marissa Immel slashes to the basket as Big Bay de Noc’s Brooke Dalgord attempts to block from behind on Monday at the Black Bears' gym. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Mike Mattson)

GARDEN CORNERS — Unbeaten Munising unleashed its many strengths Monday night against the Big Bay de Noc girls basketball team.

Passing appeared to be at the top of the chart as the Mustangs rolled to an 83-20 win against the host Black Bears.

“I thought our passing was fantastic,” Munising coach Matt Mattson said after the Mustangs reached their season high in scoring. “We found the open person. We saw the court well.

“Offensively, I thought we played pretty well. Defensively we played OK.”

Munising (13-0, 7-0 Skyline Central) is ranked No. 2 in today’s Upper Peninsula Class A-B-C poll.

Nine players scored and three reached double figures. Senior Frankie Mattson led the way with 22 points and 14 rebounds, while Kelsea Ackerman had 14 points and Marissa Immel 11.

Brooke Dalgord scored six points for the Black Bears (6-7, 4-5).

Big Bay coach Brad McPhee knew his team faced a difficult challenge.

“It seems like we did pretty well for the first six minutes in the first quarter and then their quickness does what it does,” McPhee said. “They are probably the best team we’ll face all year long.”

Munising, relying on intense pressure defense, rebounding and transition baskets, led 11-2 early and 19-6 after one quarter.

The Mustangs increased their advantage to 46-12 at halftime.

Big Bay was hurt by 18 turnovers in the first half and 27 for the game.

“You can’t make any mistakes against them,” McPhee said. “Munising doesn’t have any 6-footers. They do what they always do, they don’t stop working.”

Munising, which made 33 of 64 shots for 52 percent and 15 of 17 free throws, won the JV game 60-21.

The Mustangs play at Mid Peninsula Thursday.