Jenna Matson leads Munising girls basketball team past Superior Central, Ishpeming falls at Houghton

MUNISING — Jenna Matson completed a traditional three-point play with about 12 seconds left to lift Munising to a narrow 40-39 victory over visiting Superior Central in a high school girls basketball game played Friday evening.

Matson, who also led all scorers with 19 points, made a runner from the right side to tie the score 39-39, but she was also fouled on play.

Her subsequent free throw gave the Mustangs (2-0) the lead as the Cougars were unable to get a shot off before the final buzzer sounded.

“Superior Central outplayed us, so we were lucky to get this win,” MHS head coach Matt Mattson said. “This game was back and forth the whole time.

“They got some offensive rebounds and we had some trouble stopping them.”

The only other player to break into double-digits scoring was SC’s Riley Johnson with 15 points.

The Cougars led 14-10 after one quarter before the Munising tied it 22-22 at halftime. The game was also tied 32-32 after three quarters before SC took a lead during the fourth quarter.

The Mustangs play at Engadine tonight, while the Cougars are off until Friday when they are at Rapid River.


Houghton 64, Ishpeming 46

On Friday at Houghton, a cold second quarter hurt the Hematites.

Ishpeming trailed just 17-13 after one quarter but after only scoring four points in the second quarter, fell behind 29-17 at halftime.

“Off the tip, Houghton came with more energy,” Hematites head coach Ryan Reichel said in an email. “Their fast break off of (missed shots) led to easy layups.

“This type of game (will) make us better going forward.”

Bailey Zellar led Ishpeming with 12 points, getting 10 of those in the first half including all four of her team’s second-quarter points.

Teammate Jenna Maki added 10 points, while Paige Sleeman paced the Gremlins with 18 points, including 12 in the first half.

The Hematites get right back into action tonight at Kingsford, while Houghton has a game at L’Anse on Tuesday.

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


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