Lady Comets prevail over Eagles in lopsided win

January 10, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

The holiday break didn’t slow down the McBain girls basketball team any. The Lady Comets, playing host to Marion in a non-league game Friday night, built a big early lead and coasted from there for a 68-23 victory.

“We controlled the ball well, limiting turnovers and creating opportunities off from defensive effort,” NMC head coach Jason Towers said. “The girls hit the boards hard with 20 defensive rebounds and 18 offensive.”

The Comets put the game away early on, jumping to a commanding leads of 24-4 after one and 45-9 at the half. Both teams netted 11 points in the third while NMC pumped up its lead more in the fourth, with a 12-3 scoring edge.

For the Eagles, it wasn’t an entirely bad night, despite how things appeared.

“Even though the score was quite lopsided, and NMC went on some really nice runs, I thought we played well at teams,” Marion head coach Matt LaGrow said. In fact, I thought for two-to-three minutes in the first quarter that we could play right with them. We played tough, competitive and aggressive basketball the entire third quarter. We just need to figure out a way to play with that mentality on a more consistent level. I think we showed how good we can be and that we can play with a team like NMC.”

The Comets were led by Ally Sigafoose with 19 points and 11 rebounds, Kari VanPolen had 13 points and seven boards and Amelia Deruiter had 11 points, hitting three treys in the process. Madlyn Benthem had 10 points and 11 rebounds and Ally Krick added seven points and five rebounds.

“Krick played hardnose defense in the front all night, never giving the Marion backcourt anything easy,” Towers said.

The Eagles were led by Isabelle Bontekoe with eight points and seven rebounds, Tashawa Switalski had five points and four rebounds and Stella Henderson added four points and five rebounds.

NMC (3-2 overall) hosted Beal City on Wednesday, heads to Pine River tonight (Friday) and is at McBain Friday.

Marion (1-4 overall) had its home game against Manistee Catholic Central on Tuesday postponed due to weather. The Eagles were at Brethren Thursday, hosts Mason County Eastern Tuesday and heads to Walkerville Thursday.

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