Negaunee, MI – January 18, 2022 – The Negaunee Girls Basketball team improved to 8-4 with their home victory over the visiting Modeltowners. Carl Leander Johnson had the call live on Sunny 101.9.
1st Quarter: The game started anything but slow for the Miners as twelve seconds into the game Alyssa Hill got fouled and went 2/2 from the line. On the defensive end Hill got the first block of the game, setting the tone for the game defensively. Shelby Prusi got her first start of the season and showed instant impact when she drained a shot from beyond the arc. Negaunee entered a full court press forcing a turnover and Hill got fouled on the other side of the fast break, she would go 1/2. The lead jumped from 8 to 12 when Prusi hit a free throw and Hill hit a three. The Modeltowners got their first points of the game when Lena Pleaugh got a shot to go. The free throw trips continued to be plentiful as Summer Dudo went to the charity stripe and hit one of two shots. Hill continued her strong night as she got the assist from Ella Mason, the lead extended to 15-2.
End of 1st: Negaunee 17, Gwinn 2
2nd Quarter: Negaunee continued to fire on all cylinders after Cooper Atkins opened the second quarter with a three. Gwinn cut the deficit to 4-17 when Shaylyn Spencer hit two free throws. Josie Thomson took no time to answer with her own bucket to bring the lead right back to what it was. Pleaugh led the charge for Gwinn when she got another bucket to go. Prusi went to the line but went 0/2 from the line. Hill got fouled on yet another shot attempt and she went a perfect 2/2 from the line, Miners led 24-8. Negaunee continued their strong defense, forcing a turnover which led to a Lily Nelson three to extend the lead to 29-8. Justice Nix of Gwinn got fouled by hill and she would go 1/2 from the charity stripe.The Miners would end the first half on a strong note as Ella Mason hit the three ball.
End of 2nd: Negaunee 34, Gwinn 10
Third Quarter: The Miners refused to let up even with the big lead as they would start in a trap zone defense. The first points of the half came off of a Hill to Dudo assist and the Miners led 36-10. Defense continued to be the name of the game as Ella Mason got her third steal of the night. Nix would find her way to the free throw line again but came up empty handed and went 0/1. Thomson would steal the ball and then have the ball stolen from her by Pleaugh but Pleaugh would travel. Negaunee built on their momentum when Mason hit a shot from downtown. Gwinn cut the lead to 14-44 when Pleaugh went 2/2 from the line. The ball would find it’s way to Thomson’s hands and she would answer with a deep two to continue the strong third quarter for the home team.
End of 3rd: Negaunee 48, Gwinn 21
Fourth Quarter: Prusi continued to have a great game when she got her ninth point of the night. Another shot from Prusi would find it’s way to the bottom of the net, the Miners quickly jumped up to a 58-21 lead. Eliana Juchemich would get her first points of the night with a two point bucket. The fourth quarter continued to be fantastic offensively for Negaunee as Thomson hit a three. Grace Anderson would answer with a bucket of her own and giving the Modeltowners some points. Daylyn Drew would take a trip to the free throw stripe and go 2/2. Thomson would force a Gwinn turnover and go get a fastbreak layup with little over a minute to go in the contest. The final points of the game came from Tessa Standerford as she finished the night with 2/2 made free throws.
Final Score: Negaunee 65, Gwinn 27
Joe Boogren Player of The Game: Shelby Prusi
Next Game: The Negaunee Girls basketball team takes the court again on Friday, January 21st, when they’ll travel to Westwood to take on the Patriots. The ball will tip at around 7:15 p.m and Carl Leander Johnson will have the call on Sunny 101.9.