Redettes get hard-fought win in Houghton, 42-37

HOUGHTON – Two girls basketball teams who are nearly mirror images of each other met Thursday night at Alumni Gym in Houghton.

When the smoke had cleared, the Marquette Redettes walked away with a hard-fought 42-37 win over the Houghton Gremlins.

MSHS coach Ben Smith said he wasn’t surprised by the close game.

“We are very much alike. But the one thing we do a little more is get up and down the floor,” Smith said. “They (Gremlins) tend to play half-court and put pressure on you with their half-court lockdown press. But we were able to get free on a couple of fast breaks.”

Houghton coach Julie Filpus said Marquette’s smothering defense ultimately made the difference after a 27-27 deadlock entering the fourth quarter.

“Marquette keeps intense pressure on and we made some mistakes against that,” Filpus said. “If you take a breath or miss a passing lane, they’ll make you pay.”

After the Orange and Black took a 33-29 lead early in the final quarter on treys by Tawna Ryynanen and Harlee Froberg, the Redettes ratcheted up their defense. MSHS took a 35-34 lead on a basket by Terese Ledy, then scored five of the next six points to take command.

Three of those came on a big triple by Stasha Warchock, who was called up from the JV team.

“She (Warchock) made a really big basket,” Smith said. “We had to call her up because of illness to one of our players this week.”

After trailing 12-8 after the opening quarter, Houghton made its best move early in the second period.

Three-pointers from Sloane Zenner and Adison Cook shot HHS to its biggest lead at 20-15 as the Gremlins still maintained a narrow 22-21 advantage at halftime.

“We were playing pretty well at that point,” Filpus said. “But we got a little careless late in the half and Marquette came right back.”

Zenner, whose 18 points topped all scorers, kept the home team in contention. But her coach would like to see the rest of the team get involved.

“Again, Sloane (Zenner) has been carrying us, and she made some big shots,” Filpus said. “But we’re back to Square 1 tomorrow. We just need a sharper edge.”

The 13-5 Gremlins were led in scoring by Zenner’s 18. Morgan Colling contributed four points and a team-high 10 rebounds.

The Redettes, who improved to 16-2, received 15 points and nine rebounds from Ledy, while Amber Huebner tossed in 10 points, four assists and four steals in a solid all-around showing.