Slow start dooms Manistee girls, fall to Big Rapids 46-36

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MANISTEE — Manistee took its first misstep of the 2017-18 girls basketball campaign in a 46-36 home loss to Big Rapids Tuesday night.

Grace Chandler led the way for the Chippewas with 15 points, all from beyond the 3-point arc. 

Manistee (2-1) fell behind early, and could not find a rhythm until the fourth quarter, trailing 30-18 at the half and scoring just 5 points in the third quarter.

“The big difference was the first half,” Chippewas haed coach Kenn Kott said. “They jumped out to a big lead and we had to claw our way back all the way through.”

Manistee rallied late, cutting the deficit to 6 points in the fourth quarter, but could not get over the hump. Turnovers were an issue, as the Chippewas coughed up the ball 21 times in the contest.

Erin Dorn scored 6 points and Tatum Liston and Megan Wayward each had 5 for Manistee, who went to the free-throw line just twice in the entire contest. Big Rapids converted 9 of its 22 free-throw attempts.

“It was a good effort in the fourth quarter, but we waited too long to start playing basketball,” Kott said. “We ran out of time. But Grace Chandler really shot the basketball well, keeping us in the game.”

Next up for the Chippewas is a Lakes-8 clash with Muskegon Western Michigan Christian at home on Friday, Dec. 8.

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Posted by Scott Yoshonis

Scott is the sports editor of the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3112 or syoshonis@pioneergroup.com.

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