Girls basketball roundup 2/18

FELCH – Despite a career high from Hannah Kanyuh, the Rapid River Rockets were defeated 56-40 by North DIckinson on Monday night in a Skyline Conference match-up.

Rapid River jumped out to a 8-6 first quarter lead but had to get out of their man-to-man defense because of foul trouble and a short bench. Junior forward Kendyl Miller picked up four first half fouls.

“We played good man-to-man defense in the first half,” said head coach Michelle Carne. “We had to switch out of it because of foul trouble and we kind of struggled once we got out of it.”

The Nordics took that time to build their lead as they scored 24 points in the second quarter and 17 in the third.

Kanyuh, a sophomore guard, dropped 23 points for the Rockets and connected on four 3-pointers. Carne said she did more than just score the ball.

“We were running the floor well tonight and Hannah had a big game,” Carne said. “She was passing the ball to her teammates and looking up court.”

With the win, North Dickinson improves to 6-13 overall and 6-5 in the Skyline. Rapid River drops to 0-18 and 0-12 in the Skyline Conference.

The Rockets are back in action tonight as they host Engadine.

Munising 50,

Big Bay de Noc 38

GARDEN CORNERS – Munising survived a late rally from Big Bay de Noc as they held on to defeat the Black Bears 50-38 in a CUP Conference match-up on Monday.

The Black Bears took a 8-7 first quarter lead before being outscored by 13 points in the second.

“We started out strong,” said BBdN head coach Ryan Knoph. “We played pretty good defense, we boxed out pretty well in the first quarter. In the second quarter we kind of got a little lazy on our defense.”

The Mustangs added to their lead in the third quarter, holding Big Bay scoreless until the final two minutes. Knoph said his team came out of the break flat but responded in the fourth quarter with a strong press.

“We played great in the fourth quarter,” Knoph said. “They hustled and really busted their butts for the last eight minutes.”

Munising put their starters back in after Big Bay cut their lead to 10 points. Knoph noted that the press was led by freshmen Marissa Rochefort and Ariel Cousineau. The duo has only been on varsity for a week.

“My two freshmen played on the ball and they did a good job of denying the ball and getting a couple of steals,” he said.

Big Bay has a chance to face Munising in the district final if each team makes it out of their bracket.

Samantha Sundling paced the Black Bears with six steals and seven rebounds. Everybody scored for Big Bay with the exception of Heather LaLonde, who was out with the flu.

With the win, Munising improves to 13-6 overall and 7-3 in the CUP. Big Bay drops to 3-15 overall and 2-10 in the CUP. The Black Bears are back in play, Wednesday as they host MId Peninsula.