Second Chances Help Maroons Past Marines
The rebounding battle can often times make or break a team during a game. This time, it was the Menominee Maroons that took advantage of 21 offensive rebounds against the Marinette Marines. Strength on the boards and a stingy defense helped pave the way for a Menominee victory, 52-36.
"Boxing out obviously killed us. That was our whole game plan and we just didn't execute that. That will be something we will work on in practice tomorrow," said Marines' Coach Bob Smith.
A 2-2 tie was broken by a 10-0 Maroon run, thanks, in large part, to senior Morgan Roman. Roman sank a free throw, followed by a long jumper by teammate Emma Hofer, before Roman connected on two mid-range jumpers and a three. This opened up a 12-2 lead with 6:44 remaining in the half. Marinette's Alexa Pristelski gave the Marines a spark off the bench. Pristelski connected on a pair of triples in the half. Jordan Miller also dialed up a three before Morgan Lauber's reverse layup cut the lead to 16-14 with just over two minutes remaining. Avrie Stewart drained a jumper from the elbow for Menominee pushing them to 18 points. Free throws from Marines Katelyn Kitzinger and Megan Suhs brought the halftime score to 18-17 in favor of the Maroons.
"We like to do our half-court trap and fall back into the 2-3. We played a good, solid 2-3 zone all game which forced them into contested outside shots which is what we want," Maroon Coach Lucas Chouinard stated.
The beginning of the second half saw the teams battle back-and-forth to six lead changes. The final change came at 12:21 off a Paige Reiswitz three, that started a 7-0 Maroon run giving them a 31-26 lead. Every Marinette basket was answered by Menominee until the Maroons went on another 5-0 run. Reiswitz sank another jumper before Stewart and Hofer added makes at the charity stripe.
"We have to attack the spots, we weren't moving, we just stopped moving. It starts on the defensive end when we lost that intensity," Coach Smith said.
Miller cut into the lane and made a short runner for Marinette to cut the lead to 39-33, but Menominee put in seven unanswered points to open a 46-33 lead with 2:38 remaining. Menominee's Stewart highlighted the 7-0 with an assist to Reiswitz for a layup as she was laying on her back, after fighting for a loose ball.
"We stuck to the game plan we had going. We weren't anticipating them playing zone but we kept with the plan. We got to our spots, hit open shots and we really hung our hat on playing good solid defense, which I am very pleased with how we played defensively," Coach Chouinard said.
The Maroons held on for the M&M win, 52-36. Stewart led all scorers with 20 points while also pulling down an astounding 17 rebounds for Menominee. Reiswitz finished with 11 points and Roman added nine.
It was Miller that led the Marines with 11 points while Pristelski added nine off the bench.
"It basically came down to that we stopped moving defensively, we stopped being aggressive defensively and we lost our intensity defensively. That takes the wind out of your sails on offense as well," said Coach Smith.
Menominee (52) " Roman 9, Barrette 5, Anderson 0, Reiswitz 11, Bellisle 0, Hofer 7, Stewart 20, Settlemire 0, Sievert 0. FGs: 14-58; FTs: 22-27
Marinette (36) " Bebo 2, Schultz 2, Pristelski 9, Kitzinger 4, Miller 11, Sims 3, Lauber 2, Peterson 0, Suhs 3, Wingender 0. FGs: 13-51; FTs: 6-14.
Halftime score: Menominee 18, Marinette 17
Recent stories, opinions and photos