Prep girls basketball roundup: U.P.’s top-ranked Marquette Redettes hold off No. 3 Houghton Gremlins
MARQUETTE – Down 13-2 to visiting Houghton at one point in the first quarter, the Marquette Senior High School basketball Redettes looked like they were going to suffer their first loss of the season.
But coach Ben Smith’s club outscored the Gremlins 15-6 in the second quarter and 23-15 in the third en route to a 60-54 non-league triumph to improve to 16-0 this season.
“(Houghton) jumped all over us early. We were getting beaten to the ball,” Smith said. “But we righted the ship, dug in and started a rally with some defensive energy.
“We got some stops we converted into offense.”
Hunter Viitala paced the Upper Peninsula Sports Writers and Sportscasters Association Class ABC No. 1-ranked Redettes with 20 points to go along with five rebounds, three assists and two steals against the Gremlins, who are also ranked No. 10 in the statewide Michigan Associated Press Class B poll.
Teammates Destiny Beckwith (12), Maddie Connon (11) and Lizzie Kurin (10) combined for 33 more points for MSHS, which just missed out on the AP’s No. 10 ranking in Class A.
“We had to earn everything we got against Houghton,” Smith said. “We didn’t finish a couple of plays at the end and they got to within six points of us.
“We were fortunate to hold on at the end.”
Sydney Dillinger poured in 18 points to pace Houghton (12-2). Elisa Jurmu tossed in 13 and Noelle Polakowski contributed 12.
Marquette won the junior varsity contest, 50-30.
GWINN – Playing Manistique for the second time in three days, the host Modeltowners made it two straight wins over the Emeralds, 56-39, in Mid-Peninsula Conference play Monday night.
Gwinn (6-8 overall, 4-3 M-PC) beat Manistique 56-31 on Saturday.
Ellie Olsen led the Modeltowners on Monday night with 17 points. Tori Lauren added 12 and McKenzie Hollands grabbed 10 rebounds.
“We played well for three quarters, but only scored five points in the third and (Manistique) cut our lead to 4-5 points,” Gwinn coach Ben Olsen said.
“But we rallied in the fourth quarter to outscore them 19-11. The girls took care of the ball and we got it into the post. We were also 8 of 12 from the free throw line in the fourth.”
Maggie Morrison led Manistique (2-12, 1-7) with 11 points.
Manistique took the JV game, 42-36.
REPUBLIC – The Hawks were outscored 24-2 in the second quarter en route to a 54-24 non-conference loss to Chassell on Monday.
Kayla DuMoulin led R-M (0-9) with 12 points.
For Chassell (4-11), Karli Michaels tossed in nine points. Teammates Kirsten Daavettila, Sara Kilpela and Julia Pietila added eight apiece.
A 20-9 fourth quarter advantage led Newberry to a 48-43 non-league victory over visiting Cedarville Monday night.
“We were down by six entering the fourth and we put a 1-3-1 trap on Cedarville,” Newberry coach Hondo Depew said.
“We got a couple of turnovers we converted some fast break baskets and made some layups in the quarter.”
Toni Paramski notched 14 points and teammate Taylor Bryant added 12 for the Indians (7-5). For Cedarville (6-6), Alexis Barr notched 14 points and Shannon Sayles added 13.