Lady Comets fall to Irish in title game

March 8, 2018

By Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

McBain Northern Michigan Christian took its best swing at undefeated Mt. Pleasant Sacred Heart on Friday. The Lady Comets, battling the Lady Irish in the Marion class ‘D’ district final, held a lead at the half but couldn’t keep it going as the night went on, falling 36-27.

“We lost a tough battle,” head coach Jason Towers said. “It was a defensive battle, we led going into halftime but Sacred Heart responded in the second half with lock down defense and made some shots at key points.”

The Comets came out of the gates, slow, falling behind 8-2 after one. They picked things up in the second quarter however, pulling ahead 12-11 before leading 15-13 at the break.

The Irish took a quick lead in the third, but Madelyn Yount hit a three that helped the Comets hang around, down just 19-18. The Comets fell further behind entering the fourth quarter, however, facing a 26-18 hole and couldn’t make a serious threat in the fourth quarter.

“I am so proud of my seniors and their heart,” Towers said. “They never quit. They led the team with poise and character. They went down with class in this game. They will move on after high school and be a positive impact on everyone they come in contact with. It has been honor to coach them and be a part of their lives.”

Kari Van Polen led the Comets with 10 points and nine rebounds, Yount finished with seven points, Maddie Lanser had six points, eight rebounds and two steals and Ally Sigafoose had four points and four rebounds. Desiree Ebels had four assists and two steals.

On Wednesday, Feb. 28, NMC opened up post-season play with a 55-24 victory over Marion.

“The defensive effort across the board was great,” Towers said. “Callie Keysor, a sophomore moved up for the postseason had a great defensive night causing a lot of trouble for the Eagles. Maroin never gave up and put up a good fight, despite being short handed. Give them a lot of credit for fighting the whole way.”

The Comets played to a 9-0 lead after the first quarter and led 22-10 at the half and 37-15 entering the fourth quarter.
Ebels hit four threes and finished with 15 points, three steals and two assists, Yount hit a pair from behind the arc and had nine points and three rebounds and VanPolen had eight points, four rebounds and three steals.

NMC finishes the season 15-6 overall and was 9-3 in the Highland Conference, finishing in a tie for second place.

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