On a night where the Marshall girls’ basketball team needed everything to go right, it didn’t.
The Redhawks saw their state title hopes dashed on Tuesday, falling to seventh-ranked Grand Rapids South Christian 53-29 in the Class B state quarterfinal at Wayland Union High School.
Marshall, which played in its second straight state quarterfinal, ends the year with a 21-5 record.
“Nobody can take away what the kids did all year. We just did not play up to our potential,” said Marshall head coach Sal Konkle. “We’re all competitive, so the girls are disappointed. It will sink in that we were back-to-back regional champions, but on the biggest night of the season we didn’t play how we’re capable of playing.”
The Redhawks fell behind early and played catchup for most of the game. They got the deficit down to nine at halftime, but G.R. South Christian (23-1) went on a 18-5 third quarter run to put the contest away.
Marshall was led in the defeat by Laura Van Dyke and Logan Kiessling with eight points and five rebounds apiece.
Grand Rapids South Christian, which advanced to Thursday’s state semifinal vs. Goodrich, was led by Angelique Gaddy with 18 points.
Marshall saw five seniors suit up for the last time in their prep basketball careers in Van Dyke, Sarah Huffman, Carmen O’Dell, Katie Jarvis and Alyssa Shumaker.
“The seniors are such a big part of this, whether they play or not play, or start or don’t start,” Konkle said. “They are an amazing group of kids.”
Saginaw Nouvel 57, Delton Kellogg 37: Delton Kellogg’s historic run came to an end thanks to a suffocating defense from fourth-ranked Saginaw Nouvel.
The Panthers, winners of the first regional title in program history, end the season with a 21-5 record.
Saginaw Nouvel (24-2) advances to the Class C semifinal on Thursday, where it will face Houghton (23-2).
Delton Kellogg was paced in the semifinal defeat by Rachel Parker with 13 points. Brooke Martin had 11 points and five rebounds, while Mallory Sewell had eight points and four rebounds.
At Reed City
Climax-Scotts 42, Gaylord St. Mary 40: With only five seconds remaining in regulation, Climax-Scotts senior Stephanie Cochran got a steal and sealed the Class D quarterfinal victory over eighth-ranked Gaylord St. Mary.
Climax-Scotts (20-5) advances to Michigan State University’s Breslin Center, where it will take on top-ranked St. Ignace LaSalle (25-0) Thursday at 6 p.m.
It marks the program’s second trip to the semifinals, the first coming in 1986. Current head coach Dana Perrin was a member of that 1986 squad that finished runner-up.
“It brings back really great memories. I’m speechless,” Perrin said. “I told them today, win or lose, no matter what happens, we made history — regional champions at the school, made it to quarterfinals — so make sure we enjoy the ride because it’s the journey that really matters.”
The Panthers received a big night from Grand Valley State University-bound senior guard Janae Langs, who tallied 18 points and eight rebounds.
Also for the Panthers, Destiny Froberg had six points, five rebounds, four assists and four steals, Fallon Froberg had six points and seven rebounds, and Annalisa Lodes had nine rebounds.
The victory means that two Climax-Scotts basketball teams are still alive as of Wednesday, as the fourth-ranked boys’ team will play in a Class D regional final at Harper Creek High School against Adrian Lenawee Christian.
“We have a really great school system, they have rallied around both teams and it has been phenomenal,” Perrin said. “We really support each other. The boys were there tonight and the girls will be there tomorrow. Climax-Scotts is just a great place to be.”