Lady Comets fight hard to knock off PR

January 17, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

A big night by Ally Sigafoose helped McBain Northern Michigan Christian earn a key Highland Conference girls basketball win Friday night. The Lady Comets, playing at league foe Pine River got 17 points and 18 rebounds by Sigafoose, paving way to a 57-41 victory.

“We started out strong in the first quarter, but struggled to keep any energy up going into halftime, up eight,” head coach Jason Towers said. “We pressed in the second half and got the energy up and expanded the lead. Pine River has some young talent coming up and they played hard all night. They attacked the basket well but in the end our size advantage was the main factor. Our girls are hard to contain.”

The Comets led 14-4 after the first quarter but only led 25-17 at the half. NMC pushed that gap to 40-26 entering the fourth.
Along with Sigafoose, Kari VanPolen had 12 points and eight rebounds, Madelyn Benthem had 11 points and 10 boards and Ally Krick added nine points and two steals.

On Wednesday, Jan. 9 the Comets nabbed a hard-fought 59-48 home conference win over Beal City.

“It was a physical game, we took off early and got a lead but Beal City never quits,” Towers said. “They kept up the energy and hit some threes that cut the lead to three at one point.

Despite seeing his squad’s lead nearly disappear, Towers enjoyed seeing how his team responded in the moment.

“I like that my girls kept their composure when Beal had the momentum,” he said. “They weathered a storm and kept working hard. Beal came out strong and aggressive in the second half, but we attacked the basket well and got them in foul trouble and we made some key free throws that sealed the deal.”

The Comets played to leads of 11-7 and 28-15 after the first and second quarters and though that lead had been dwindled down to 39-31 entering the fourth, they held on without too serious of a threat.

Sigafoose led the way with 24 points, 16 rebounds and five steals, VanPolen had 12 points and 13 rebounds and Krick added 11 points. Amelia Deruiter knocked down three treys and finished with 11 points.

NMC (5-2 overall, 3-1 Highland) heads to McBain today (Friday), travels to Bear Lake Monday and travels to Manton on Friday.

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