Chips run away from Tigers in weekend meeting

SHELBY — Tipping off at 2 p.m. on a Saturday is hardly routine for the Chippewas. Starting strong no matter the circumstance, however, appears to be their custom.

“That’s always the game plan: to come out ready to attack, especially with it being an afternoon game on a Saturday,” said Manistee junior Audrey Tomaszewski after her team’s 51-34 weekend win over Shelby. “It was important to get the momentum right away.”

Tomaszewski played a key role in the opening surge, scoring seven points of her team’s 9-0 run to jump out in front, where the Chippewas would stay. She finished with a game-high 14 to go with four rebounds and four steals as Manistee moved to 7-0 on the season during the Manistee-Shelby girls and boys doubleheader.

“We’re not used to playing this early in the day, let alone Saturday, but I thought we still ran the floor well and played good team defense on the other end,” Chippewas coach Todd Erickson said of taking care of the Tigers (5-3). “If you do those two things, you’ll be alright.”

The teams traded some early turnovers, but it didn’t take long for Manistee to find its rhythm. The 9-0 run turned to a 19-7 lead by the end of the first and a 29-14 cushion by halftime. The Chippewas had some uncharacteristic misses from the field, but more than made up for it with their patented defensive pressure, forcing Shelby into 27 turnovers in all.

Manistee’s Annie Fuller goes up for a shot during the Chippewas’ victory over Shelby on Saturday. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Annie Fuller goes up for a shot during the Chippewas’ victory over Shelby on Saturday. (Dylan Savela/News Advocate)

“We know that if we can get going defensively, we seem to be more mentally focused on the offensive sets,” Erickson said. “We talked a lot about some of the shots that didn’t fall, but we still worked well as a team tonight, especially on the defensive end.”

Shelby, who was led by Miranda Unger’s 11 points overall, put together its biggest offensive quarter in the third but couldn’t keep up with the Chippewas.

Manistee went into the final frame up 47-26, and, despite scoring just four points the rest of the way, comfortably closed it out.

And with the winter break coming to a close, the Chippewas are looking forward to getting back into their routine.

“It’s going to be nice getting into the gym every night, instead of two nights on, one night off, like we’ve had over break,” Tomaszewski said. “I think even better things are going to happen if we’re playing every night.”

Emilee Kott helped round out the Chippewas’ balanced attack Saturday afternoon with 11 points and six steals while Annie Fuller scored nine with four boards, Emily Thompson netted eight and Jessica Gustad added four points with a team-high nine rebounds and five steals.

Manistee’s girls junior varsity team fell 51-29 to Shelby on Saturday as Georgia Hiipakka led the Chippewas with 12 points.

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Dylan is the county reporter for the News Advocate, he also is in charge of the Small Town Life, religion and senior pages. He can be reached at (231) 398-3111 or dsavela@pioneergroup.com.

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