Prep girls basketball: Marquette hits nine 3s to beat Menominee

MARQUETTE – Hunter Viitala led the Marquette Senior High School girls basketball team with 18 points while teammates Kirsten Iwanski and Casey Durand each scored 10 to lead the Redettes to a 62-37 Great Northern Conference victory over Menominee on Friday at MSHS.

MSHS head coach Ben Smith said his all-junior team got off to a bit of a slow start, as it got used to some new looks from the Maroons.

But a 50 percent shooting night from beyond the arc helped open things up.

“The biggest key against any zone is making shots and we made nine 3-pointers,” Smith said. “We also got a lot of dead-ball turnovers and turned them into buckets, which was nice.”

Six Redettes hit triples, led by Viitala’s three and Durand’s two.

As a whole, MSHS (14-0 overall, 5-0 Great Northern Conference) shot only 38 percent from the field and finished 13 of 20 from the free throw line with Iwanski going 6 for 6.

Iwanski also nabbed seven rebounds, one short of the team-high of eight by junior Lizzie Kurin.

Marquette held a modest 12-7 lead after the first quarter and led 24-16 at halftime before jumping out to a 41-28 advantage going into the fourth quarter.

For Menominee (8-2, 3-1), senior Allison Barley scored eight points and junior Amanda Simmons had seven.

MSHS won the JV game, 64-36.