Marshall was already allowed to call themselves the Interstate 8 Conference champs. But the Redhawks wanted to put an exclamation mark at the end of that sentence.
The Redhawks were able to do that as Marshall defeated rival Harper Creek, 29-25, in Interstate 8 Conference girls’ basketball action at Marshall on Friday.
The victory made Marshall undefeated in league play and ends the regular season with a sparkling 19-1 record.
Charley Andrews of Harper Creek attempts to drive through Marshall’s Cortazia Wilson
“The goal, of course, was to go 20-0 – isn’t that always the goal. But to go 19-1, we are pretty proud of that,” Marshall girls’ basketball coach Sal Konkle said. “But to go 14-0 in the league, that was huge for us. That’s what we wanted to finish off tonight. And Harper Creek put up a great fight and they are a great team, so to get that done was big.”
Logan Kiessling led Marshall in the low-scoring contest with 10 points and six rebounds with Nikki Tucker adding six points and 14 rebounds as Jill Konkle added seven points.
Harper Creek ends the regular season at 13-7 with Charley Andrews leading the way with 11 points with Heather McDaniels adding seven points and eight rebounds.
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(At) Pennfield 67, Lumen Chrisi 48: Pennfield’s Claire LeRoux scored 17 points with five rebounds and Jessica Roan scored 16 points with five rebounds as the Panthers rolled to victory in their season finale. Naomi Davis added eight points in the win for Pennfield (9-11, 5-9 I-8).
Lakeview 48, Gull Lake 37: Maddie Noakes scored a career-high 11 points to lead Lakeview to victory. The Spartans’ Emily Eldridge and Savannah Olsen each scored 10 points with Olsen also grabbing eight rebounds as Lakeview finishes the regular season with a 12-8 record.
(At) Loy Norrix 75, BCC 67: Battle Creek Central’s Jamesha Smith scored 23 points with 15 rebounds and three blocks in the loss. Also for the Bearcats (6-14, 1-9 SMAC East), Ka-Leah Ryan scored 23 points with six rebounds, four assists and six steals and Madisonn Jackson had six points, nine rebounds and five steals.
(At) Calhoun Christian 49, Marshall Academy 24: Calhoun Christian picked up a win on Homecoming night to end its regular season with a winning record at10-9. Kendra Spencer had 12 points and six steals, Jenny Weesner scored 11 points with nine rebounds and Abby Parks scored 11 points with eight rebounds in the win for Calhoun Christian.
Bellevue 29 (at) Climax-Scotts 27: Bellevue fought from down seven points in the fourth quarter to come back and win this SCAA battle. Audrianna Thornton scored seven points with seven rebounds and Bailey Whitcomb scored seven points in the win for the Broncos (12-8, 8-8 SCAA). For Climax-Scotts, Mary Smith scored eight points.
(At) Athens 49, Bronson 44: Ally Fuller scored 20 points and grabbed four rebounds to lead Athens in the victory. Also for the Indians (14-6, 9-5 Big 8), Noelle Fuller had a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds and Hannah Fairchild scored seven points. For Bronson, Alexa Ratkowski scored 15 points and Skyler Sobeski scored 11.
Charlotte 44, (at) Coldwater 41 (overtime): Kenzie McGuire and Michaela Gillette each scored 10 points in the loss for the Coldwater. Also for the Cardinals (6-14, 3-11 I-8) Kendall Galloway scored eight points.
Homer 53, (at) Quincy 30: Katie Spalding led Quincy with 16 points, nine rebounds and four blocks in the loss.
(At) Comstock 49, Delton Kellogg 35 (Thurs.): Kristen Mohn finished with 21 points, 11 rebounds and two steals in the loss for Delton Kellogg. Also for the Panthers, Lindsey VanderVeen had nine points.