NEGAUNEE, MI – After their convincing victory last Friday night against Manistique, the Negaunee Miners Girls traveled to the Escanaba area for the second time in three games. The result was similar to their season opener, with the Miners losing 54-39. While both teams struggled in the first half, with Escanaba leading 20-18, the Miners weren’t able to get it going once halftime came to an end. The fact that it is still relatively early in the season combined with Negaunee’s youth showed once again as the team wasn’t quite able to adjust late in the game. They allowed Escanaba to score 34 second half points, while only scoring 21 of their own.
Leading the way for Negaunee was junior guard Courtney Clickner who scored a team-high 13 points. Hailee Richards also put in seven points of her own along with Adena Anderson’s five to round out the Miners’ top three scorers. Coach Sager was once again without his team leader Rosalie Anderson who is still nursing a sprained ankle. Going into last Friday’s game, Coach Sager had said he hoped to have back by the fourth game of the season, which will be very reasonable due to the fact that Negaunee has already played their one game this week. The added rest will surely be of some help and I’m sure that Coach Sager looks forward to having his “rock” back. The Negaunee Girls will return to action next Tuesday at home against the Marquette Redettes (5-0).