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2017-12-06 / Sports

Lady Eagles Clipped by Mustangs

by Stephen King

The Lady Eagles of Engadine opened their home season last Monday, December 4 when they hosted the Lady Mustangs of Munising. The Mustangs had already rung up victories against Manistique and Stephenson, and this night took a lopsided 64—41 win.

The Eagles came out strongest in the first quarter, led by Aubrey Simmons and Allison Margherio, and with a lot of help from Sophia Vaughn and Mickaela Deace.

After a Margherio breakaway off the initial tip-off, the Eagles led for most of the quarter.

In the second quarter things went downhill for Engadine like an avalanche, as they began to shoot from the outside only and scored only four points.

Meanwhile, the Mustangs kept up the attack. They were playing as a team with many offensive weapons. Kianne Wendt was all over the place, driving, scoring and drawing fouls. She never missed a foul shot all night, going 8 - 8 from the line.

The Ackerman twins, Marissa and Kelsea, provided the speed, moving the ball well and setting up plays. Daryn Johnson hit three treys from outside.

At the end of the first half the Eagles were down by 14. In the third they came out stronger and again worked the ball well, but had dug a deep hole against a very good team, and the Mustangs were not about to let them off the hook.

The Mustangs, as a team, hit an amazing 84 percent from the line (21 - 25).

“You never really lose a game,” stated Eagle coach Roger French. “Sometimes you just learn lessons. Tonight we learned some lessons.”

Munising: 18 16 14 17 65

Engadine: 16 4 13 8 41

Munising: Wendt 23, Johnson 15, Michaela Werner 10, Nykole Fitzgerald nine, Marissa Ackerman six, Kelsea Ackerman four.

Engadine: Simmons, Margherio and Sophia Vaughn 10, Mickaela Deace nine, Kenna Hopper two.

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