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Negaunee Miners girls put together strong 2nd quarter for win at Manistique, Republic-Michigamme fall behind big early in loss

MANISTIQUE — After a decent start, things fell apart for the Manistique girls in the second quarter of Negaunee’s 59-21 Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball win Friday.

The Emeralds trailed just 17-9 after the first quarter, then were shut out in the second as they went into halftime trailing 32-9.

“They were pretty much in a full-court press for the majority of the game, which wasn’t awful, we just didn’t work hard enough,” Emeralds coach Dave Winkel said. “We got outhustled and outworked. We just got blown off our home court tonight, that was the bottom line.”

Negaunee (7-2, 4-0 M-PC) shot 26 for 53 from the field and held a 26-16 rebounding edge. The Emeralds (2-7, 0-4) shot just 8 for 28.

“We had a good spurt at the end of the first quarter and maybe a good minute or two stretch throughout the game, but you have to do it for a full 32 minutes if you expect to win,” Winkel said. “That’s kind of where we were at tonight.”

Alyssa Hill led the Miners with a game-high 19 points. Madison Zellar had 11 for Manistique.

Negaunee, which won the JV game 51-23, host West Iron County on Tuesday. Manistique visits Engadine on Monday.

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Mid Peninsula 72, Republic-Michigamme 32

At Republic, Mid Peninsula bounced back after a loss at North Dickinson two nights earlier.

Chevy Koski came out hot for Mid Pen in the first quarter, scoring 12 of her 14 points as the Wolverines (5-2) built a 23-2 lead.

With the Hawks (0-6) paying extra close attention to Koski, Daisy Englund scored 13 of her 16 in the second quarter as Mid Pen led 46-8 at the half.

“Chevy came out hot, Daisy took over in the second quarter and then everyone started to contribute in the third,” Mid Pen coach Phil Croasdell said. “It was a good team win.”

Kennedy Englund chipped in with 11 points and 12 assists for the Wolverines.

“We tried a new press and kind of modified a couple other ones we’ve had in the past,” coach Croasdell said. “Chevy Koski ended up with seven steals and I think six of them were in the first quarter. We pressed in the first quarter and then we quit.”

Taylin Raisanen led the Hawks with 15 points.

R-M, which also won the JV game, plays at Baraga on Tuesday.

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