Delmont leads Gwinn girls past Manistique
Westwood, Munising also earn wins
MANISTIQUE — Senior Marissa Delmont scored 25 points in just the first three quarters to lead Gwinn to a 55-38 victory at Manistique in a high school girls basketball game played Friday night.
Delmont, who didn’t play in the fourth quarter, made five 3-pointers and five 2-pointers.
“She had been struggling with shooting the ball,” Modeltowners coach Ben Olsen said. “She had been something like 1 of 15 with her shots lately. And maybe I’m biased as her coach, but she had a couple other 3s not count when she was called for traveling.”
The Emeralds actually came out fast, taking an 8-2 lead before Gwinn found its legs and took a 17-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
“We had a hard time with our defensive rebounding,” Olsen said. “Our stats show Manistique had 13 second-chance points.
“It was one of our sloppier games, but when we rebounded the ball, we got out on our fast break well. We also shot well.”
The Modeltowners made just over 40 percent of their shots — 21 of 52 — which included seven made triples.
Gwinn, which improved to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in the Mid-Peninsula Conference, upped its lead to 29-16 at halftime and 46-27 by the end of the third quarter.
Junior Tianna Taylor added 13 points to the winning effort, while teammates Lena Pleaugh, Halle Beauchamp and Elliina Miilu grabbed six rebounds apiece.
Sophomore Brooke St. John paced Emeralds’ scorers with 12 points.
Gwinn is back in action on Tuesday at home against Munising before traveling to Escanaba on Thursday.
Manistique, which won the JV game 35-28, is at Bark River-Harris on Tuesday.
At Hancock, the Patriots used a strong second half to defeat the Bulldogs.
Natalie Prophet led Westwood offensively with 17 points, while Madi Koski and Karlie Patron both had 10 points.
“We had a little trouble scoring points in the first half and that’s credit to Hancock’s athleticism and game plan to slow us down,” Westwood head coach Kurt Corcoran said.
“But we were able to overcome their intensity and came out scoring with a nice run to start the third, and Natalie was able to nail the lid down with 13 fourth quarter points.”
The Patriots led 24-18 at the half, but outscored Hancock 17-6 in the third quarter to break the game open and cruised the rest of the way.
At Munising, the Mustangs rallied in the fourth quarter to defeat the Indians.
Jenna Matson led Munising with 17 points, while Megan Matson had 15. Newberry’s Katie Rahilly led all scorers with 23.
“We pulled it out in the fourth quarter,” Mustangs head coach Matt Mattson said. “We were down by five and won by four. I thought we were outplayed for most of the game, but the last four minutes we played well.”
The Mustangs trailed 18-13 at the half and 29-24 heading after the third, but they outscored the Indians 17-8 in the fourth to get the comeback victory.
Munising also won the JV game 48-26.
Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee and Journal Sports Writer Ryan Stieg. Their email address is email@example.com.