Munising Head Coach Matt Mattson was not happy with the play of the Mustangs in the first half.

“We tried a couple different defenses and none of them worked out. Lost some composure in the second quarter,” Mattson said.

Using an 11-0 run in the middle of the third, the Mustangs came back to complete a 46-41 victory over rival Superior Central in the MHSAA District 100 semifinals. 

Mattson said Munising was able to focus on the plays at hand to start the run.

“We were just happy to be in the game at the end of the second quarter. But we took the halftime to gather some composure, play each play and we did much better,” he said.

Superior Central was able to keep it close with clutch buckets from Riley Johnson and Katrina Augustyn halfway through the fourth. But the Cougars struggled with fouls in the second half, as Emma Rutter fouled out of the contest down four with 1:42 left in the game.

“We had poor rebounding that led to foul trouble,” Superior Central Head Coach Skip Rutter said. “The first half we could move the ball around a bit, but we got away from (the good passing).”

The Mustangs were led offensively by Jenna Matson, who had 25 points. Julia Prunick added 14 points in the contest.

Despite fouling out, Rutter led the Cougars in scoring with 10. Johnson had nine and Augustyn had eight.

Munising will play Rapid River, who routed Mid Peninsula in the other semifinal. The game is a rematch of last year’s district championship. Tip off is at 7 PM at Munising High School and will be broadcast on WQXO.