Smothering defense: Marquette Redettes girls basketball team holds Gwinn to 4 first-half points in 51-32 win
“It’s always quite tough around the holidays, you never know what you’re going to come out with, but our energy was pretty good early.” — Ben Smith, head coach, Marquette Senior High School girls basketball
MARQUETTE — Senior Maureen Miller scored 17 points as Marquette remained undefeated after a 51-32 win over Gwinn in a high school girls basketball game played at Marquette Senior High School on Tuesday night.
The Redettes improved to 8-0 while Gwinn dropped to 2-4.
MSHS head coach Ben Smith said his team played with higher spirits than usual from the get-go.
“We played with a little different energy in the first half than we always have,” he said. “It’s always quite tough around the holidays, you never know what you’re going to come out with, but our energy was pretty good early.
“On the defensive end, we were able to make them work and get rebounds which against anybody is kind of key.”
Modeltowners head coach Ben Olsen said his team struggled against the strong defense of a Class A opponent.
“They’re undefeated for a reason,” he said. “I told our girls going in that we have nothing to lose. What’s frustrating is scoring four points in the first half.
“Marquette is a good defensive team, but to be down 21-4 at the end of the first half is a hole you can’t climb out of.
“Our effort lacked a little bit at times, rebounding lacked a little bit at times, so there’s stuff that we can definitely work on. You’ve got to give Marquette credit, they have long, athletic players and we struggle with that.”
Marquette wasted no time getting on the scoreboard. After the Redettes won the tip, senior Stasha Warchock ran down the floor and hit an immediate 3-pointer.
After Gwinn junior guard Brooke Mannor responded with a 2-point jump shot to make it 3-2, the Redettes went on to score the next 16 points, a streak that extended into the second quarter before Modeltowners sophomore guard Marissa Delmont ended the Redettes’ run with a basket.
GHS was held to just those two baskets in the first half with the Redettes holding a 21-4 halftime lead.
Marquette opened the second half with senior Claudia Hale hitting consecutive 3s and scoring the Redettes’ first 10 points of the third quarter to put the team up 31-9.
The Modeltowners’ offense was much improved in the second half, scoring 15 points in the third quarter and 13 in the fourth.
Junior Sydney Kivi and senior Claudia Hale added 10 points each for the Redettes. Junior guard Mallory Delmont led the Modeltowners with 10 points while senior guard Brenna Bruce had five.
Gwinn hosts Munising on Thursday while Marquette goes to Negaunee on Monday in a makeup game from Dec. 12.
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