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Negaunee, Michigan –The Negaunee Miners Girls basketball team looks to take another game from Manistique after knocking off the Emeralds 56-43 in the teams November 30th match-up.
Just over two minutes into the game the Emeralds lead the Miners 2-0 as both teams are struggling to find the bottom of the basket. With 3:45 left in the first quarter Negaunee is still scoreless as Manistique clings to a 2-0 lead. With just over two minutes to play in the first, Negaunee trails 4-0. The Emeralds push their lead to 6-0 nothing as Negaunee is still looking to get their offense rolling.
Negaunee: 0 Manistique: 6
The Miners break their scoreless drought to start the second quarter, they trail the Emeralds 6-2. Manistique holds a 8-2 lead with just over five minutes to play in the second quarter of play. Negaunee picks up their second score of the game and responds with another basket as they cut Manistique’s lead to 10-6. With 1:45 left in the first half Negaunee has cut the lead to 13-10.
Negaunee: 11 Manistique: 15
The Miners strike first in the second half as they pull the game within two points, 15-13. Manistique responds with a basket of their own, pushing the lead to 17-13 with 5:30 left to play in the third quarter. After a pair of free throws, Negaunee cuts the Emeralds lead to 19-15. Both teams trade buckets but Manistique holds a 22-17 edge. With 3:06 left to play in the third quarter the Emeralds hold a 24-17 advantage. With 2:18 to go, the Miners cut the lead to 24-20. Manistique connects on a three-point play to push their lead to 31-22.
Negaunee: 24 Manistique: 31
The Emeralds strike first in the fourth, extending their lead to nine, 33-24. With six minutes to play Negaunee picks up their defensive intensity, after scoring to make it 33-26. Manistique continues to fight off the Miners comeback as they hold a 35-28 lead with 5:04 left in the fourth quarter. The Miners hit a 3-pointer to cut the Emeralds lead to 35-33. Both teams are in the bonus midway through the quarter. Negaunee has turned to a full-court press as they force a turnover and go to the free throw line with a chance to tie the game. After connecting on a pair of free throws the game is tied 37-37. Manistique retakes the lead and Negaunee responds the next trip down, drawing it even at 39 apiece. With 16 seconds left the score is tied at 39 and Negaunee has the ball with a chance to get the victory. The Miners turn the ball over with a five second call on the in bounds.
Regulation didn’t settle the score as both teams are deadlocked and going into overtime.
At the end of the fourth quarter:
Negaunee: 39 Manistique: 39
The Miners get on the board first in the extra period as they lead 40-39 after a free throw. With 3:16 left the Miners have taken a 3-point lead 42-39, their largest of the game. With 1:42 left in OT the Miners hit a layup to extend their lead to 44-40. The Emeralds connect on a 3-pointer to tie the game at 45-45. With seven seconds left Ashley Veale hits a layup to give Negaunee a 47-45 win.
Negaunee: 47 Manistique: 45
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