Up-tempo attack lifts Eskymos past Marinette
Girls basketball roundup
MARINETTE — Escanaba ran the floor every time it had the ball, and the Marinette Marines didn’t always get back on defense.
That resulted in breakaways, 2-on-1 fast-break layups and a big difference in Escanaba’s 56-46 girls’ basketball win on Monday night.
“That’s our tempo,” Escanaba coach Mike Beveridge said. “We’re going to wear them down. “We’re not the tallest team but we’re very quick and we’re good athletes.”
The Marines hustled to the final buzzer but were simply worn down.
“They look down their bench and they have nine subs, and we have three or four,” Marinette coach Bob Smith said. “They beat us in transition. We caught ourselves out of position I don’t know how many times.”
It was a live by the sword, die by the sword dilemma for the Marines, who like to push the pace with full-court pressure and exhibit patience on the offensive end. But in the half-court offense, Marinette was too impatient at times.
“We need to be ball control, working for good shots,” Smith said. “I wanted them to move the ball and be patient. We’d chuck it up right away.”
After scoring first, it was an uphill battle all night for the Marines, who stayed within range of the Eskymos until the final minutes.
Birthday girl Abby Wingender fired in back-to-back 3-pointers to pull the Marines within 10-9, but the Eskymos got back-to-back baskets in transition from junior guard Lexi Chaillier and freshman Nicole Kamin.
During a five-minute scoring drought, the Marines fell behind 21-11. Both teams battled through foul trouble; Marinette’s Mady Sims and Escanaba’s Chaillier and Chloe Carter picked up three first-half fouls. Escanaba played some man-to-man defense but primarily played a 2-3 zone.
“I really stayed more zone tonight to protect a couple players,” Beveridge said.
Marinette (1-4) twice cut the lead down to four points in the second half. Maddie Schultz provided an effective inside game after halftime. She hit five of seven free throws and hit a basket to pull the Marines within 26-22 and 31-27. Brookelyn Peterson hit a big 3-pointer for the Marines.
Escanaba (2-0) countered with long outlet passes and driving buckets by Kamin and Mykenzie Monkevich. The lead grew to 47-33 on Chaillier’s basket with 7:25 left,. Savannah Barron’s putback gave the Eskymos their biggest lead, 49-34, with 6:52 remaining.
“A win’s a win, and a win on the road is huge,” Beveridge said. “Marinette’s a good team. They played solid basketball.”
Escanaba won the junior varsity game 46-32. Aubrey Weber led the Eskymos with 14 points. Brooke Bayerl had seven and Emma Kowalski scored six for the Marines.
Escanaba — Beauchamp 2, Kamin 12, Monkevich 8, Chaillier 7, Wilson 5, Carter 0, Stannard 11, Barron 5, Punzel 0, Gauthier 2, Griffin 4. FT: 10-19. Fouled out: Chailler.
Marinette — Bebo 8, Kitzinger 11, Schultz 8, Wendt 0, Waloway 0, Sims 2, Peterson 5, Wingender 10, Doubel 2. FT: 13-28. 3-point field goals: Wingender 3, Bebo 1, Peterson 1.
Halftime score: Escanaba 25, Marinette 17
Bark River-Harris 53, Gwinn 52
GWINN — The Modeltowners came back from a 16-point deficit but fell just short in the end.
Down 12 at the half, the Modeltowners put forth a furious rally, but just ran out of time. Trisha McGuire led Gwinn with 12 points.
Sierra Debelak scored 15 points and Grace Peterson added 13 points to lead the Broncos (2-1).
“We fought our way back, but we just couldn’t do it,” Modeltowners head coach Ben Olsen said. “We got down early and then (BR-H) banked in a 3 to go up 12 at the half.
“I told them how our season is going to end depends on what happens tonight and they needed to have the courage to fight back. I was concerned when they went up by 16, but we fought all the way back.
“We just couldn’t get a key stop or key rebound at the key moments.”
BR-H hosts North Dickinson Friday and Gwinn (0-2) hosts Iron Mountain on Thursday.
Bark River-Harris 17 15 11 10 — 53
Gwinn 10 10 15 17 — 52
Bark River-Harris — Lockwood, 4; Peterson 1; Debelak 15, Demers 12, Bloniarz 8, Peterson 13. FT: 10-17.
Gwinn — Bruce 4; Mallory Delmont 11, Marissa Delmont 7, McGuire 12, Taylor 10, Ruokalainen 4, Mannor 4. FT: 9-19.