Senior Marissa Immel reaches 1,000 career points in Mustangs’ girls basketball romp over Rapid River, 74-26

Munising’s Marissa Immel pulls up for a shot over Rapid River’s Erica Rubick Thursday night, Feb. 23, 2017, at Rapid River. Immel scored her 1,000th career point in the second quarter. (Escanaba Daily Press photo by Avery Bundgaard)

RAPID RIVER — Munising High School senior basketball player Marissa Immel needed 21 more points to reach the 1,000-point mark for her career.

It only took her just under two quarters in her final regular-season game to reach that milestone as the Mustangs rolled over Rapid River 74-26 Thursday night in a Skyline Central Conference matchup.

Immel led the Mustangs with 23 points.

“She’s a four-year starter at the point guard position and you don’t see many point guards score a 1,000 points either,” Munising coach Matt Mattson said. “She’s a fantastic defensive player and just an all-around guard and does a good job.

“She’s an unselfish player and when you have a player score a 1,000 points when they’re usually looking for their teammates is a great attribute.”

It was senior night for the Rockets (7-13, 5-8 Skyline). Senior Madison Bagwell, who broke her arm in the second game of the season, started for Rapid River and in a nice gesture was allowed to score right off the tip before exiting the game.

“You typically want to start all your seniors on senior night,” Rapid River coach Jen King said. “Since she’s only played one and a quarter games we wanted to get her that time.”

After that first basket by the Rockets, Munising (20-0, 12-0) went on a 16-3 run to establish a 26-12 lead after one quarter.

It got worse for Rapid River in the second quarter as the Mustangs applied a full-court press that stifled the Rockets. Munising caused 15 turnovers and only allowed one point to head into halftime leading 48-13.

“I thought our speed got to them a bit and we turned them over a lot,” Mattson said. “And then we converted. Sometimes you turn people over and you can’t make a shot. We were turning them over and making shots, so we had a pretty good first half.”

Nothing changed in the second half as the Mustangs increased their lead by shooting 11 of 18 (61 percent) while Rapid River shot 6 of 23 (26 percent).

Senior Frankie Mattson and junior Kianne Wendt each added 14 points for Munising.

Junior Richelle Vandeville led the Rockets with seven points.

“I knew coming in that we would have a tough time with them gearing up for districts,” King said. “I knew they weren’t going to hold anything back.”

Munising opens Class C district play at Negaunee against Ishpeming at 6 p.m. Wednesday.