Mustangs back to winning ways

The Munising Mustang girls basketball team is back to its winning ways after defeating Rapid River 67-14 on Jan. 20 and at Engadine 61-39 on Jan. 24. Paired with a win at Manistique last week, Munising is now on a three-game winning streak.

“Our schedule dictated that things were going to be tough coming back, but we played pretty well against Manistique — they’re a good team — and the last couple games we’ve been playing pretty well,” Mustangs Head Coach Matt Mattson said.

The stretch ended a murders row of Norway, Bark River-Harris and Carney-Nadeau as three of the first four games back from the holiday break. The three-game losing streak disrupted the Mustang girls’ undefeated season, but Mattson said that focusing on the individual games is more important than trends in the win-loss columns.

“Obviously a three-game losing streak is never good, but it doesn’t mean you’re the worst in the state and a three-game winning streak doesn’t mean you’re the best,” Mattson said. “We want to focus on playing to the best of our ability every game.”

The Mustangs got a big boost from Bailey Corcoran, who scored double digits in five of the last seven games. Producing big in the first half, forcing opponents to adjust their defense around the sophomore.

“Our offense starts with her and (Emmy) Crisp in the post. (Corcoran) has been very consistent this year, so when you have those two and add in Monique Brisson from the perimeter, we go as they go, offensively at least,” Mattson said.

The team needed all three to provide against the Eagles on Tuesday. Munising squeaked out a six-point victory when the two teams played each other in Munising on Dec. 5, but the Mustangs were able to shoot out to a quick 29-12 halftime lead. Corcoran scored all nine of her points in the first half before Crisp added nine of her 13 in the second half. Brisson led the way with 21 points, hitting seven buckets from behind the arc.

Engadine’s all-star Leah French was shut down early by a designed double-team defense. French still dropped 23 after getting to the foul line multiple times, but it was a sign that the Mustangs knew how to handle the teams that brought the star power.

Munising will host Superior Central next Thursday, Feb. 2 for their next contest.