By Odgen Sports Staff
TRAVERSE CITY - The Marquette Senior High School girls basketball team held host Traverse City West to only four points in the fourth quarter in a 40-32 victory downstate.
The Redettes topped TC Central on Thursday, 62-45, and will return home 6-2 overall.
"TC West always plays tough and it's always a battle," MSHS coach Ben Smith said. "We played hard, especially dealing with back to back games. We gave up an 8-0 run in the last minute of the second quarter to be down one at halftime, which was disappointing. We battled back, which was nice to see."
MSHS trailed 11-8 after the first quarter and 20-19 at halftime before taking a 30-28 lead into the fourth quarter.
Sophomore Hunter Viitala carried the MSHS offense with 21 points on eight field goals, a 3-pointer and a perfect 4-for-4 night from the free throw line. She also had eight rebounds, an assist and four steals.
"Hunter Viitala had a strong game at both ends," Smith said. "She had 13 of our 19 first half points and had some energy plays that kept us going.
"We have been talking about her continuing to improve her rebounding and she led us with eight."
Lydia Kurian pitched in eight points for MSHS while Morgan Seibert had five steals on the defensive end.
Marquette finished the game with 20 steals totals as Llana Storm and Kurian each had four steals each.
MSHS won the junior varsity game, 61-19.
The Marquette boys were also victorious over Traverse City West, 59-43, but no statistics were reported by press time.
MANISTIQUE - The Manistique girls finished 2012 on a positive note Friday night, gaining a victory over the Newberry Indians.
Manistique led 10-7 after the first quarter and 23-17 at halftime of the non-conference contest.
"This is a pretty big boost for us," said Emeralds' coach Kelley Spettel. "It's always nice to go out of the year with a win."
Newberry climbed within two points in the third quarter, but Manistique didn't allow the Indians to gain the upper hand.
"It got a little scary at that point, but the girls took care of business," said Spettel.
The Emeralds (2-4) sank 17-of-20 free throws, with Kyra Lauzon converting 9-of-10.
"I thought the girls did a great job from the line," said Spettel. "They stepped up and shot real well."
Lauzon finished with 17 points and Leah Cook collected 12 points, six steals, three assists and two blocked shots.
"Leah had an outstanding game," said Spettel. "She anticipated well on defense."
Newberry (2-5) held a 24-21 rebounding edge and committed 23 turnovers. The Emeralds had 18 miscues.
Big Bay de Noc 33
MUNISING - The Mustangs didn't attempt a single free throw on Friday while Big Bay de Noc went 14 of 22 from the charity stripe.
Jenna Hach led Munising (4-2) with 12 points on four 3 pointers while Ashley Cromell had 10 on four field goals. Katie Immel had nine points on four field goals as well.
Sheena Sowa led Munising in rebounding, nabbing five of her team's 20 boards.