NMC derails Marion hopes for district win

February 28, 2019

by Ben Murphy
Sports Writer

With the season winding down, the McBain Northern Michigan Christian girls basketball is starting to find the winning touch. The Lady Comets, playing at Mason County Eastern in a non-league game Tuesday night, survived a sluggish first half to pick up a 50-32 win, their fourth victory in a row.

“We got off to a slow start, going into halftime tied,” head coach Jason Towers said. “We had a tremendous third quarter though, outscoring them by 20. They have a dominant post player and once we figured out how to shut her down we got out and started hitting some shots. The second half was much better basketball.”

The Comets were tied 17-all at the half but surged ahead to lead 40-20 entering the fourth.

Ally Sigafoose finished the game with 17 points to lead the way.

On Friday, NMC picked up a big win over crosstown rival McBain, 34-26, in Highland Conference action.

“We played our best game of the season,” Towers said. “It was senior night, which made the win even more special for the three seniors. We wanted to focus our defense on plugging up the middle and getting all the rebounds we could. In the first game against them in January, we allowed too many second chance points and we fixed that this game. We also focused on handling the ball pressure and maintain our composure and they did that too.”

Sigafoose led the team with 10 points and 13 rebounds and she also had three steals and two assists. Kari VanPolen added nine points, 10 boards and three steals, Anna Lanser added seven points, five rebounds and one assist, Madelyn Benthem had four points, three rebounds and one assist and Ally Krick had one point, three rebounds and two steals.

On Wednesday, Feb. 20 the Comets were victorious in a Highland game at Beal City, 51-39.

“It is always nice to come out of Beal with a ‘W’,” Towers said. “That’s a tough gym to play in. The Beal girls played tough the whole way and never quit.”

Benthem led the Comets with 20 points and Sigafoose and VanPolen were a force on the boards, combining for 19 rebounds.

NMC (12-7, 7-4 Highland) hosted Manton on Thursday in its regular season finale and heads to the division four district tournament at Buckley on Monday, against Marion. Brethren, Mesick and Buckley fill out the rest of the bracket with the semi-finals taking place Wednesday and the finals on Friday, March 8.



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