Manistee routs Frankfort 57-45, stays unbeaten in 2017

Manistee’s Tatum Liston goes up for a layup in the Chippewas’ 57-45 win at Frankfort Thursday night. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

Manistee’s Tatum Liston goes up for a layup in the Chippewas’ 57-45 win at Frankfort Thursday night. (Robert Myers/Pioneer Sports Network)

By ROBERT MYERS

Pioneer Sports Network

FRANKFORT – Manistee and Frankfort renewed their annual rivalry on Thursday night, with Manistee claiming the 57-45 victory.

While the game was ultimately decided by only 12 points, the outcome was never really in doubt for the Chippewas, who raced out to an 18-2 first quarter lead, while a very young Frankfort team struggled to slow the game down. 

“In the first half we were three for 19 from the field, and we had a lot of good opportunities to score, but we were so panicked that it didn’t have a chance of going in. We were just throwing it at the basket,”  said Frankfort coach Tim Reznich. “It was good to see in the second half we had a little life and a little more composure.”

That composure helped Frankfort close a 34-11 halftime deficit against Manistee’s bench, but the game was still never in doubt.

Megan Wayward led the Chips with 14 points, 10 rebounds and three blocks in the game, and Erin Dorn led the team with six assists. While there were no other big producers, everyone chipped in for Manistee, and Manistee coach Kenn Kott is fine with that approach to winning.

“We had a couple of big shoes to fill. We lost our leading scorer and our second leading scorer, our leading rebounder and our second leading rebounder, our leader in assists and our leader in steals. We are kind of replacing them right now by committee and it seems to be working,” Kott said. “If that’s the way it goes the rest of the year, that will be fine, but we’ve got a lot of people anxious to step up.”

While the game proved to be an easy win for Manistee, it did benefit the Chippewas in that they were able to rotate everyone in the game and their opponent gave them fierce opposition to the end, something Kott loves about Frankfort and believes will enable the team to finish the season strong.

“Tim, as everyone knows, has a great program,” Kott said. “We love coming here and playing them every year. He has a young team, and they’re going to have to experience some things before they turn things around and do what they really want to do this year, and I’m sure by the end of the year he’ll have them doing that.”

Manistee will return to action at 7 p.m. on Dec. 5 at home against Big Rapids.

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