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Menominee’s Emma Anderson releases a 3-pointer from in front of the Maroons’ bench that fell through the hoop to become her 1,001st career point during Monday’s game against Kingsford.
EagleHerald/Brian Bell

Menominee’s Emma Anderson releases a 3-pointer from in front of the Maroons’ bench that fell through the hoop to become her 1,001st career point during Monday’s game against Kingsford.

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MENOMINEE — It was bound to happen eventually, and it looked as though it would happen sooner than anyone had thought.

Menominee junior Emma Anderson came into Monday’s Great Northern Conference matchup against Kingsford needing 19 points in order to hit the 1,000-career point mark, so the odds of her getting there were in her favor.

Those odds jumped when she dropped in 10 points in the first quarter, but Kingsford was able to keep the game close as Menominee led 15-10 after one. Five more points in the second quarter gave her 15 at the half, but Kingsford turned up the pressure and Anderson went cold in the third, as she was held scoreless.

Entering the fourth quarter needing just four points, Anderson couldn’t get the lid off the rim as she missed her first shot in front of the rim and Kingsford had come all the way back from a 30-26 halftime deficit to tie the game at 46 with just under six minutes remaining.

Anderson’s first basket since before halftime came shortly after Kingsford’s Maggie Strehlow tied the game as Anderson got open inside for an easy shot off the glass to calm herself down and give Menominee a 48-46 lead. On the next possession, she got free in the corner and dropped in a corner 3-pointer right in front of the Maroons’ bench with 5 minutes, 3 seconds remaining in the game, pushing her to 1,001 points in her career, making her the ninth and newest member of the Menominee High School 1,000 point club. Her teammates gathered all around her and the fans roared with appreciation as they fired off confetti shooters and held up signs that read “1,000 points! Emma Anderson #32”.

“It feels good just to get it out of the way,” Anderson said. “I feel like that was kind of a key moment in the game too so that just made it even better that I made the shot because I was not having any luck before those two went down. I missed that first wide-open one and then I came back and made one right away so that kind of helped and I felt better. Once I got (to 1,000), it made it a lot easier to focus on the game and we went back and finished it off as a team which is the best part of the night.”

It seemed as if that was the spark the Maroons were looking for all night as Menominee closed the game out after that and it was Anderson who iced it in the end with 25.6 seconds left as she cashed in on two free throws. She finished with 22 points (1,003 career) and Menominee stayed undefeated with a 61-53 triumph over the Flivvers.

“Emma is a great teammate, she encourages everybody not only during practice but outside of it as well,” Menominee coach Lucas Chouinard said. “She really deserves this achievement. She’s a great player and puts in a lot of time in the offseason, so for her to get this is very rewarding for her.

“As a team, I thought we got stops when we needed to. It wasn’t our best game defensively, but we got key stops and were stayed poised on the offensive end and got the baskets we needed to at the end.”

Anderson showed her flexibility on the court in the first quarter, making a bucket in the post, a free throw and a 3-pointer to help Menominee out to an early 8-2 lead, but Kingsford was tough defensively and started to make things harder on the Maroons.

After falling behind 15-10 after the end of the first, Kingsford fought back in the second while Anderson was resting on the bench as Brooke Kriegl scored a basket and split a pair of free throws followed by Olivia Olkkonen draining a triple from the top of the key to cut the deficit to 17-16. Following a 3-pointer from Menominee’s Erin Barrette, back-to-back baskets from Kate Cook and Strehlow tied the game at 20 and forced Menominee into a timeout with 2:45 left in the half.

Both teams traded buckets for the next two minutes until Barrette and Anderson knocked down 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to head into halftime with a 30-26 advantage after Kingsford’s attempt at the buzzer rimmed out.

The Maroons’ struggled in the third quarter with their help-side defense and Kingsford’s Christy Glodowski was able to get free for 12 of her 13 points including two 3-pointers. That, coupled with Kingsford’s work on the offensive glass was enough to keep the Flivvers in the game heading into the fourth trailing just 44-42.

“Our guards did a good job of knocking down some shots and our bigs were really active around the rim on both ends of the floor,” Kingsford coach Lisa Harry said. “We did a lot of things well tonight, we just have a few things we need to clean up that didn’t go so well. We have another chance at them in a week and a half during districts so we’ll see what happens then.”

After Anderson notched her 1,000th point, Kingsford got within two (53-51) when Glodowski split a pair of free throws, Ali Doolittle converted a three-point play and Kriegl turned a steal into a fastbreak layup, but Menominee finished the final three minutes of the game on an 8-2 run to improve to 17-0 overall and 5-0 in the GNC.

In addition to her game-high 22 points, Anderson also hauled in a game-high 11 rebounds; Barrette finished with 16 points (4-of-5 3-pointers) and four steals and Nolde added 10 points. Glodowski led Kingsford with 13 points and Strehlow had 10.

Kingsford hosts Iron Mountain in a rivalry matchup on Friday while Menominee hosts Stephenson on Thursday.

KINGSFORD (53) — Glodowski 13, Strehlow 10, Kriegl 9, Doolittle 6, Olkkonen 3, Wallis 2, Cook 2. FTs: 8-13.

MENOMINEE (61) — Anderson 22, Barrette 16, Nolde 10, Hofer 7, Wellner 3, Nerat 2, Olson 1. FTs: 10-14.

Halftime score: Menominee 30, Kingsford 26