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Megan Matson leads Munising girls basketball team past Stephenson, 48-38

MUNISING — Senior Megan Matson recorded game highs of 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Munising past Stephenson 48-38 in a high school girls basketball game played Friday evening.

The Mustangs, who improved to 3-3 overall and 2-1 in the Skyline Central Conference, built an early lead and survived when their offense dried up in the third quarter.

Munising led 13-2 after one quarter and 26-13 at halftime before managing a paltry two points in the third quarter.

Its lead shriveled to 28-21 after three quarters with the Eagles getting as close as four points in the final period.

“We’d been talking about getting off to better starts and we came out fast and played well in the first half,” MHS coach Matt Mattson said. “Stephenson made a run on us, but we hit a few baskets and some free throws down the stretch to hold them off.”

After the cold-shooting third, Munising reeled off 20 points in the fourth.

“Megan Matson had some foul trouble and she sat out almost the entire third quarter and part of the fourth quarter,” Mattson said. “That certainly affected our offense.”

Mustangs sophomore Jenna Matson contributed 13 points, while seniors Audrey Hines and Crystal Murdock pitched in with seven points apiece.

Neither team shot particularly well, Munising making 27 percent on 16-of-60 shooting, while Stephenson was good on only 22 percent (14 of 64).

The Mustangs, who also won the JV game 34-28, host Newberry on Friday night.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.

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