Chippewas win fifth straight, top Crusaders on the road

MUSKEGON — The Chippewas have been quite the road warriors of late and continued their success away from home on Friday night with a decisive 53-19 victory over Lakes 8 Conference foe Muskegon Catholic Central.

The win represents Manistee’s third straight on the road and fifth consecutive overall as the team improved its record to 6-3 on the season and 3-1 in conference play.

“It was another nice win for the Chippewas,” said Manistee coach Kenn Kott. “One of the things we talked about before the game was playing four solid quarters of basketball, and I think we did that offensively and defensively.”

Manistee jumped out to a 14-4 lead by the end of the first quarter and entered halftime up 27-4 after holding the Crusaders (1-6, 1-2 Lakes 8) scoreless in the second.

The Chippewas were able to cruise comfortably the rest of the way, taking a 38-8 advantage into the fourth. MCC finally found some offense down the stretch, but not nearly enough to threaten Manistee’s runaway win.

“We gave up some points in the fourth quarter, but overall our defense was solid and offensively we did enough to pull out another victory on the road,” Kott said.

Senior guard Erin Dorn led the Chippewas with 15 points and seven rebounds while Lyndsey Kelley scored 12, Emily Gardner and Erin Vander Weele each netted seven, Logan Wayward and Emma Witkowski scored four apiece and Olivia Smith and Karra Cone each chipped in two. Manistee’s Sara Thompson tallied team highs in assists and steals with seven in each category.

“I’m really pleased with the way these girls are playing right now,” Kott said. “We’re getting better every day and that’s the goal: keep heading in this direction.”

The Chippewas will next hit the court at 6 p.m. on Jan. 18 when they host Lakes 8 Conference frontrunner Western Michigan Christian.

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