MUNISING - Defense carried the Munising High School girls basketball team to a 37-27 Central U.P. League victory over visiting Mid Peninsula Friday night.
The Mustangs held the Wolverines to just three points in the first quarter and 12 by intermission to improve to 9-3 overall and 5-1 in the CUP.
"It was our best consistent defensive performance of the season," Mustangs coach Matt Mattson said. "We didn't make shots, but we played great defense.
"We came out hard in the first quarter and (Mid Pen) made just one field goal. They've got a good team, too."
Frankie Mattson, the coach's daughter, led the Mustangs with 11 points and 13 rebounds. Teammate Megan Watson added nine points and Marissa Immel eight.
Hunter Branstrom paced the Wolverines (6-10, 3-7) with 13 points.
At Rudyard, Newberry substitute varsity coach Fred Bryant credited solid defensive pressure for only allowing the Bulldogs to shoot 12.2 percent (6 of 49) from the field.
The Indians (6-5 overall, 3-2 Straits Area Conference) grabbed leads of 12-5 after one quarter and 26-13 at halftime.
Bridget Stoetzer, Toni Paramski and Marissa Rushford each scored 10 points for Newberry, while Taylor Bryant added eight assists and four steals to a five-point night.
For Rudyard (5-8, 0-4), Becky Schwesinger and Marissa Harrison each scored six points.
The Indians won the JV game, 56-26.