Manistique, MI – January 10, 2020 – Another game meant another menacing showing defensively for the Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball team in a 59-21 victory over the Manistique Emeralds. The Miners improved to 7-2 on the year with the win, and are now riding a four-game winning streak into a big match-up with West Iron County next week. Jesse Anderson was live from Manistique with the call on Sunny 101.9.
The Miners started off strong with an early basket from Alyssa Hill for the first points of the game. Last time against the Emeralds, Negaunee struggled in the first quarter, but this time they had a change of plans. After consecutive trips down the court with 3-pointer from Lilly Nelson and Chloe Norman, the Miners led 13-3 with less than four minutes left in the opening quarter. Manistique wasn’t going away easy, as they scored four consecutive points led by Madison Zellar and Kayla Muth. Both teams traded baskets before Norman drove in for a layup in the final seconds, and the Miners held an eight-point lead.
End of 1st: Negaunee Miners 17, Manistique Emeralds 9
Manistique had a good ending to the first quarter, but once again the Miners jumped out to a good start in the second. Running the offense through Hill, Negaunee started the quarter on a 11-0 run to take a 28-9 lead. After going scoreless for a couple of minutes, Morgan Carlson broke the drought for the Miners with a basket, and they led 30-9 with one minute left in the half. Negaunee scored another bucket right before the end of the half to make the score 32-9.
Halftime: Negaunee Miners 32, Manistique Emeralds 9
After a consistent first half, the Miners kept pushing forward and extended its already big lead. Carlson and Hill were the focus down low for Negaunee, and they were doing a tremendous job of finishing their shots. The offense was clicking, the defense was clamping, and the Miners took a commanding 46-12 lead into the final quarter.
End of 3rd: Negaunee Miners 46, Manistique Emeralds 12
As the fourth quarter began, and the running clock was on, the scoring slowed down. Negaunee continued to do a nice job offensively with its ball movement, and they led 51-12 with five minutes left. After an Emeralds free throw, Nelson responded with a 3-pointer, and that made the score 55-13. Manistique fought until the final buzzer behind multiple baskets from Emilee McDaniel, but this night was about the Miners. Negaunee led from start to finish, and took home a 59-21 victory led by a balanced scoring effort. Hill led the Miners with 19 points and eight rebounds.
Final Score: Negaunee Miners 59, Manistique Emeralds 21
NEXT GAME: A tough test awaits the Negaunee Miners Girls Basketball team in its next game on Tuesday, Jan. 14 when they host the West Iron County Wykons! Jesse Anderson will have the call from Negaunee’s Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium, with coverage starting at 7 p.m. with the Elder Agency Pregame Show. Tip-off between the Miners and Wykons is at 7:15 p.m. Go Miners!