E ven through the rose-colored glasses one uses when analyzing high school sports — I mean, they are just kids — it was hard to find positives about Negaunee’s offensive first half Wednesday in Ishpeming. The No. 4 Miners missed shots, appeared hesitant and were getting bodied by a bigger and stronger Hematites team that played with a defensive vigor expected in a rivalry showdown.
There was one moment when Negaunee had a clear lane for a layup, only to see the 6-foot-8 Darius Yohe leap over and swat it as if he was playing volleyball, which was more a credit to his athleticism than any misdoing by Negaunee — nonetheless, it was symbolic of how things started. The Miners made just 5 of 18 shots and scored 14 points while committing nine turnovers. It had all the makings of what would be a lengthy halftime discussion filled with numerous schematic adjustments.
Except it wasn’t.