Turnovers hurt Flivvers
By RON DEUTER
KINGSFORD – Menominee, fueled by a 13-0 second-quarter run, came out on top of a turnover-filled Great Northern Conference girls basketball contest here Thursday, beating Kingsford 50-34.
The teams combined for 43 turnovers, but it was nine by Kingsford in the second quarter that allowed Menominee (7-2, 2-0 GNC) to turn a one-point deficit into a 23-11 lead.
“Our big thing, and we’ve talked about all year, is we can’t come down and turn it over every time we touch it,” Flivvers head coach Mike Cross said. “And, in that second quarter, that’s exactly what we did.”
Kingsford, with a triple each from Courtney Qualley and Annika Erickson, grabbed an 11-10 lead after the first quarter but didn’t added another point until a free throw late in the first half.
Six different Maroons put in buckets during the 13-0 rush, as balanced scoring was the name of the game for Menominee all night. Allia Stewart, Madeline Anderla, Amanda Pedersen, Paige Owens all led the Maroon scoresheet with eight points apiece. Allison Barley and Amanda Simmons each threw in six more, with many of Menominee’s points coming via easy lay-ups after Flivver turnovers or following a break of Kingsford’s full-court press.
“Going into every game, we really want to focus on defense, and for the entire four quarters, we did a really good job,” Menominee coach Lucas Chouinard said. “We especially did a superb job in that second quarter, held them to six points.
“That quarter really propelled us the rest of the game.”
The Maroons committed 22 turnovers of their own, preventing what otherwise could have been a big blowout.
Menominee out-worked Kingsford on the glass 35-24, with Pedersen’s 10 boards leading the way. Pedersen played limited minutes in the first half after picking up two quick first-quarter fouls.
Maria Wiltzius led Kingsford with 10 points. Courtney Qualley scored nine.
“You’re not going to win games turning the ball over 15 to 16 times in the first half,” Cross said. “We just have to get better at that, and I wish I had the answer. That’s where our biggest weakness is right now. We’re not strong with the ball.”
The Flivvers cut Menominee’s lead under 10 a few times in the second half but could not put together a sustained charge.
“You can’t help but lose with as many turnovers as we had,” Cross said. “We looked so bad on offense simply because we don’t get the shots. We did some nice things putting pressure on them, but even when we got the steals, we couldn’t convert into points.”
The Flivvers took the jayvee game 49-45. Marianna Bianco had 21 points, and Brandie Winkler scored 14. Kingsford’s freshmen were also winners.
Kingsford (4-6, 0-4) plays at North Dickinson Monday.
Menominee 10 18 11 11 – 50
Kingsford 11 6 10 7 – 34
MENOMINEE: Barley 6, Christian 4, Stewart 8, Anderla 8, Pedersen 8, Owens 8, Simmons 6, Woods 2. FT: 7-13. F: 12.
KINGSFORD: Larson 7, Wiltzius 10, Qualley 9, Erickson 3, Walters 5. FT: 7-10. F: 15.
FG shooting – M: 21-49 (3-pt: 1-8); K: 12-38 (3-pt: 3-12). 3-pt FGs – M: Barley; K: Qualley, Erickson, Walters. Reb. – M: 35 (Pedersen 10); K: 24 (Larson 6).