Chippewa girls trounce Muskegon Orchard View 57-12

Manistee’s Grace Chandler launches a three-pointer during the Chippewas’ 57-12 win over Muskegon Orchard View Friday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

Manistee’s Grace Chandler launches a three-pointer during the Chippewas’ 57-12 win over Muskegon Orchard View Friday night. (Brian Fogg/News Advocate)

MANISTEE — Manistee girls basketball logged a much-needed victory on Friday night against Muskegon Orchard View to stay afloat in the Lakes-8 race.

The Chippewa defense stifled Orchard View en route to a 57-12 win.

The Cardinals never could get into the game, only having five field goals in the game, three of those in the first half.

“The biggest thing that impressed me tonight was our passing. When you get good passes, you have a tendency to take better shots,” Manistee coach Kenn Kott said.

Neither team started fast on the offensive end, but Manistee forward Megan Wayward attacked the basket early to help her team pull ahead 8-0 early. She scored six pints in the first quarter, and 15 in the game.

“She’s a huge asset on the boards and she’s a force underneath. We get her running the floor a little bit now, and it makes us a much better team,” Kott said.

Orchard View hardly had a shot in the first five minutes of the game after a handful of turnovers against the Manistee press. The Cardinals didn’t get into the stat book until the 3:30 mark of the first with a free throw, and their first field goal was in the closing seconds of the first quarter.

Manistee led 15-3 after one, and in the second Kott was able to begin substituting judiciously.

Four free throws from Tatum Liston in the final minutes of the half put the team up 30-7 going into the break.

“We’ve really been talking a lot about our shooting percentage. That’s been our downfall. That, and turnovers. I know it’s the holidays and there are a lot of turnovers to eat over the holidays, but we’ve had way too many. We’re working on that,” Kott said.

The second half look a lot like the first, except Manistee dropped out of the press. A Sara Thompson layup with 3:52 left made the game 53-12, setting the running clock into play.

The Chippewa reserves helped the team pull away for the eventual 45-point win.

“It’s huge. The kids come to practice every day, whether they start or play five minutes,” Kott said. “They are there working their butts off every day in practice. I’m so impressed with some of the kids that came in tonight and looked like they have been playing a lot when some of them really haven’t.”

Wayward led the team with 15 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks, Liston had 9 points and 5 rebounds, Thompson added 9 points, and Heidi Feliczak had 6 points and 4 rebounds. 

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Brian is the sports writer for the Manistee News Advocate. You can reach him at (231) 398-3110 or bfogg@pioneergroup.com.

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