Claudia Hale helps keep Marquette Redettes girls basketball team perfect at 7-0

MARQUETTE — Claudia Hale dropped in 19 points to help the Marquette girls basketball team earn a 62-50 victory over Kingsford at Marquette Senior High School on Thursday.

The Redettes are now 7-0 on the season after the Flivvers gave head coach Ben Smith and his team a tough test.

“We made some 3s early to get us going,” he said. “I give credit to Kingsford, they played hard and kept coming like we knew they would. We need to handle the ball better against their pressure.”

Despite the undefeated start, Smith said his team still needs to improve on some things.

“We have to find ways to make simple plays seem simple,” he said.

The first quarter appeared to be the difference maker for the Redettes. After pulling out to a 20-9 lead after one quarter, the teams played it nearly even for the rest of the game. Each scored 11 points in the second quarter and 10 in the third while Marquette had a 21-20 edge in the fourth.

Stasha Warchock added 16 points for the Redettes. Renee Roberts led the way for the Flivvers with 17 points.

Marquette, which also won the JV game 64-25, faces Calumet at home on Dec. 29.

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Newberry 44, Manistique 36

At Manistique, the Emeralds were unable to overcome a slow start, trailing 19-9 after one quarter and 22-12 at halftime.

“The first quarter was probably our downfall,” Emeralds’ coach Dave Winkel said. “You can’t spot a team a 10-point lead and expect to always come back. Offensively, we executed the best we have all year. Only our shots weren’t going in. We shot 14 percent in the first half.”

Joslyn Muth scored a season-high 12 points for the Emeralds (0-4), who held a 31-22 rebounding advantage and committed a season-low 12 turnovers.

“This is the third time this year we played three pretty good quarters and one bad quarter,” Winkel said. “They didn’t shoot a lot. We did a good job rebounding and took care of the ball well.”

Adrian Depew led the Indians (2-4) with 13 points. Alexis Groenhout added 12 and Madison Grigg had 10. They finished with 22 turnovers.

Newberry, which also won the JV game, hosts Rudyard Jan. 5, the same day that the Emeralds entertain Negaunee.

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Baraga 43, Dollar Bay 28

At Baraga, Erin Kamarainen knocked down four 3s and scored 20 points to lead the Vikings to a Copper Mountain Conference win.

“We moved the ball offensively and rebounded well,” Baraga coach Tom Goodreau said. “Good overall win tonight.”

Baraga (2-5, 2-2) took a 25-16 halftime lead before limiting Dollar Bay to just 12 second-half points.

Emma Stout paced the Blue Bolts (0-5, 0-3) with 10 points.

Baraga heads to Watersmeet on Jan. 5.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Writer Ryan Spitza with contributions from the Escanaba Daily Press and Houghton Daily Mining Gazette. Email Spitza at sports@miningjournal.net.