Marquette upsets Petoskey in opener of MHSAA district basketball tourney

PETOSKEY – Marquette opened MHSAA Class A district tournament play with a victory while avenging an early-season loss in beating Petoskey, 53-46, at the Northmen’s gym on Monday night.

The Redettes are staying downstate while awaiting their second game in MHSAA tournament play at Traverse City West on Wednesday night. The Titans defeated Alpena, 37-28, on Monday.

If Marquette (18-3) wins Wednesday in a game tentatively scheduled for 6:30 p.m., the Redettes will host the district championship game on Friday, with a time yet to be announced.

On Monday, MSHS didn’t have a player score in double figures. Instead, seven players scored between five and nine points, led by senior Courtney LaFreniere with nine. Senior Liana Storm had eight points to go with five assists and five steals, while sisters Elizabeth and Lydia Kurin each had seven points.

Sophomore Kirsten Iwanski, who scored five points, led Marquette rebounders with seven.

The Redettes avenged a 38-31 loss to Petoskey at the Northmen’s tournament on the opening weekend of the season in December. Petoskey was 17-2, working on a 14-game winning streak and received votes in this week’s Associated Press state Class A poll. Their only previous losses were to St. Ignace and Cadillac.

The Northmen also had two big scorers on Monday, Lake Superior State-bound Kelsey Ance with 20 points and Michigan State-bound Megan Tompkins with 12.

“We knew those two players were going to get their points, but we wanted to make them work hard for their buckets,” MSHS coach Ben Smith said.

Petoskey also had a definite height advantage, led by Tompkins at 6-foot-3 and Ance at 5-10.

“They had a definite size advantage at three spots,” Smith said. “But our girls really fought, especially Lydia Kurin and Kirsten Iwanski to get rebounds.”

The Redettes jumped out to a 15-14 lead after one quarter, extending it to 25-20 at halftime. Marquette bumped its lead to as many as 10 points in the fourth quarter.

Superior Central 56, Engadine 16

At Engadine in Class D, the Cougars’ Vanessa Freberg got more than the 16 points she needed to break the 1,000-point barrier as she finished with 22 points.

The Cougars (21-0) had some trouble early, however, with the Eagles (1-15) leading only 8-4 after one quarter.

“We had a hard time putting it in the hoop in the first quarter,” SC coach Greg Trowbridge said. “Everything was running good, but we just weren’t finishing.”

A Kelsey Coleman free throw and Teslyn Tyner 3-pointer broke the ice, and the Cougars were off the races, taking a 31-8 halftime lead.

Freberg also had a game-high nine rebounds, while SC teammate Brooke Pasanen scored 16 points and Tyner had 11 and three steals.

For Engadine, Kassie Metcalf scored six points and Aspen Hood snared seven rebounds.

Games in this Big Bay de Noc-hosted district shift to Cooks on Wednesday, when the Cougars play 0-19 Rapid River at 6 p.m.

Munising 55, Grand Marais 30

At Munising in Class D, the Mustangs (11-10) put this game out of reach in the third quarter, shutting out the Polar Bears 19-0 after leading 30-18 at halftime.

Munising senior Sheena Sowa led all scorers with 17 points, while teammates Megan McLaren and Karlee Decet added 11 apiece. McLaren also grabbed eight rebounds.

For Grand Marais, Miranda Potter, who snared eight boards, and Elizabeth Scaife scored 11 points apiece.

The Mustangs also travel to Cooks on Wednesday to face the host Black Bears (3-15) at 8 p.m.