Starring quintet: 5 Marquette girls basketball players earn All-Great Northern Conference

Marquette's Meghan MacPhee, right, is fouled by Westwood's Megan Marta as she goes up for a shot in the first quarter of their high school girls basketball game played at the Patriots' gym in Ishpeming on Feb. 2. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — Senior Meghan MacPhee led five Marquette Senior High School girls basketball players earning awards when Great Northern Conference coaches voted on all-league honors earlier this month.

MacPhee was named to the GNC First Team after the Redettes finished as runners-up in the conference at 5-3. Escanaba won the championship with a perfect 7-0 record.

The other league schools and their GNC marks were Menominee at 3-4, Kingsford at 3-5 and Gladstone at 1-7.

Marquette was 9-13 overall that included nonconference wins over Traverse City West, Boyne City and Charlevoix.

MacPhee, a 5-foot-9 forward, averaged 12.1 points per game and 8.6 rebounds per game, while making just a shade under 1 1/2 assists each contest, shooting 40% from the field and 71% on free throws.

Marquette's Julia Ott, center, protects the ball from Charlevoix defender Bayani Collins, right, during their high school girls basketball game played on Dec. 29 at Marquette Senior High School. (Photo courtesy Cara Kamps)

Fellow MSHS senior Julia Ott was named to the GNC Second Team. The 5-8 guard was just under double digits in scoring at 9.2 ppg with 2.8 rebounds a game and 2.4 assists each contest. Like MacPhee, she shot 40% from the field.

In addition, junior guard Siena Lingle, senior guard Brooke Logan and senior center Cora Anderson all earned GNC Honorable Mention, with Lingle also earning a berth on the league’s All-Defensive Team.

The league champion Eskymos earned two of the league’s three special awards — Keira Maki was named GNC Offensive Player of the Year, while Tracy Hudson earned GNC Coach of the Year.

The third award went to Gladstone’s Lillie Johnson as GNC Defensive Player of the Year.

Here are the balance of GNC awards:

Negaunee's Cooper Atkins, left, looks to pass while guarded by Marquette's Siena Lingle in the first quarter of their high school girls basketball game played at Lakeview Memorial Gymnasium in Negaunee on Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)


First Team — Mari Bink, Escanaba; Alaina Kowalski, Kingsford; Lillie Johnson, Gladstone; Anna Axtell, Menominee

Second Team — Carney Salo, Escanaba; Hanna Drifka, Menominee; Tia Shone, Gladstone; Laura Bracket, Kingsford

All-Defensive Team — Bink, Escanaba; Erika Malone, Kingsford; Axtell, Menominee; Morgan Maki, Escanaba

Honorable Mention — Grayson LaMarche, Escanaba; Elaina Bortolina, Kingsford; Elaina Martinez, Gladstone; Gianna Coduti, Menominee; Kamryn Olson, Menominee; Saylor Henderson, Escanaba

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


Today's breaking news and more in your inbox

I'm interested in (please check all that apply)
Are you a paying subscriber to the newspaper *

Starting at $4.62/week.

Subscribe Today