Can anyone in the MAC Red stop Port Huron Northern?
As of late, the answer is a resounding “no.”
The Lady Huskies welcomed in Cousino – the MAC Red’s first place team – and ran by them in a 59-41 win. The win ends Cousino’s conference season at 9-3, and Northern now sits at 8-3.
Should the Huskies win their final MAC Red game next Wednesday at Romeo, they will share the conference title to win it for the first time since the 2012-13 season, when they won the MAC White.
Pretty impressive considering Northern started its MAC Red season with an 0-3 record.
“I didn’t think we were able to go this far with three losses in the beginning,” Northern senior Kiana Votava said. “We improved a lot and our team has strong chemistry.”
Votava and sophomore Sami Klink led Northern with 14 points each, and Bree Bauer had 12 points as well. Kendyl Keyes also had 13 points as her shooting was white-hot from long range with four 3-pointers.
“Oh my gosh, that was great for her, from having a torn ACL to coming back like that,” Votava said. “I was just amazed.”
Votava – the lone senior honored on senior night – also locked down Cousino junior Kierra Fletcher, who is known as one of the best players in the state. Fletcher only scored six points all night, and instead it was freshman Kate McArthur leading Cousino with 14 points.
Cousino got started off on a hot note with Fletcher and McArthur combining for a 10-4 run to open up the game. However, five different Huskies were able to distribute the scoring to tie the game up at 12-12 to end the quarter.
Northern’s highlight of the quarter came with 30 seconds left as Votava tossed a full court pass to Kathleen O’Connor for an easy layup to tie the game.
The start of the second quarter was brought to you by Northern’s Sami Klink, who scored the first seven points to push the Huskies to a 19-12 lead. Cousino’s Aubrey Fetzer broke up that run with a layup – the only field goal they would have all quarter.
Northern answered with a Votava and-1 and a Keyes 3-pointer to grab a 25-14 lead.
After a few traded points, Northern took a 27-18 lead into the locker room at halftime with six different Huskies tallying points on the score sheet.
Northern came out of halftime without losing a single step, scoring on its first four possessions – including 3-pointers by Keyes and Klink — to grow the lead to 37-22.
That fire didn’t go out as Northern went on to score 25 points in the quarter, including closing on a 8-2 run to take a 52-29 lead into the final quarter.