Negaunee, MI – February 21, 2023 – The Negaunee girls were in an inter-conference game against the Marquette Redettes on Tuesday evening. This was the final regular season game before the district tournament. Carl Leander-Johnson had the call live from Lakeview Elementary on Sunny 101.9 and also simulcast on Fox Sports Marquette 105.1-99.9!
Negaunee won the Household Appliance opening tip, but it was Marquette’s Brooke Logan who would hit the first shot of the night. Ella Mason would respond by taking the lead for the Miners after a three-pointer splashed home. Marquette would double up the Miners after a made free throw by Julia Ott followed by a three from Logan. Cooper Atkins and Mason would go back to back with three pointers to tie things up. Marquette would take the lead back yet again after an easy layup. Negaunee would play strong defense and not give Marquette easy shots, but the Redettes would find their marks. Theresa Anderson would come off the bench and tie things up once again for the Miners. Ella Mason would give Negaunee the lead after a Marquette turnover was turned into a basket in the final minute of play.
Negaunee would show off their fundamentals and add on to their lead after a pick-and-roll. Brooke Logan would hit a shot from beyond the arc to build some momentum for the Redettes. Marquette would go up by four after a Julia Ott basket. Ella Mason would close the gap to one point after a three-pointer. A pair of free throws from Theresa Anderson would tie things up at 18 a piece. Cora Anderson would hit a long two for the Redettes to give them the lead heading into the second half of play.
Halftime: Marquette 22 – Negaunee 18
Julia Ott would land the first shot of the second half to put the Redettes up by six. Marquette would use their height advantage to gather the rebounds for second chance shots. Turnovers would be costly for the Miners in the opening minutes of the second half. Brooke Logan would put up a mid-range shot over the Negaunee defense. The Miners would hit home a basket of their own in response. Marquette went back up by eight after Sienna Lingle would land a long two. She would follow that with a steal and assist to Ott for a basket. Ella Mason would go two for two from the charity stripe to bring the Miners back within single digits. Negaunee showcased strong passes and finally found an open Mason to bring them within five. The Miners close the gap to one to close the third quarter.
The Miners would retake the lead after Madison Pekrul’s shot would find it’s mark. Redette Brooke Logan would pull the trigger quickly after getting the pass beyond the arc for her fourth three-pointer. Aubrey Johnson would get things done on both sides of the ball and land a basket for the Miners. Ella Mason would tie things up yet again for Negaunee after being left wide open for a three. Sienna Lingle would take the lead for Marquette, but Mason would tie it right back up the following possession. Negaunee would take a one point lead after splitting a pair of free throws. With under a minute to play the Redettes weren’t able to make it up and the Miners were able to close out the win from the free throw line.
FINAL: Negaunee 41 – Marquette 39
The Negaunee Miners start their playoff run on Monday against the Westwood Patriots tip off is set for 6pm. Join Carl Leander-Johnson with the Elder Agency Pregame at 5:45 on Sunny 101.9!