MARQUETTE — The Escanaba girls found the range beyond the arc late in the second quarter in a 65-50 basketball win over the Marquette Redettes here on Tuesday night
Esky trailed 22-19 with three minutes left in the second before Saylor Henderson equalized the score on a 3-point shot from the left wing.
The Eskymos finished second with a 14-2 streak for a 37-24 halftime advantage in this Great Northern Conference game.
“It gave us a lot of momentum” Esky’s coach Tracy Hudson said after coaching the women’s varsity team for the first time in 17 years. “Saylor kind of got us started and we made 3-point shots on out-of-bounds plays. The girls did a great job of transitioning and getting a few points on turnovers, and our all-court pressure caused them to make mistakes. Only we didn’t handle the ball as well as we would have liked in the end.
The Eskymos committed 29 turnovers, but shone from the free throw line shooting 18 of 20.
“You have to hit your free throws on the road and the girls did that,” Hudson said. “They hurt us with out of bounds and inside plays at the end. We have to limit our turnover. Sometimes I think we got a little too aggressive, even though we learned a lot.
Kiera Maki led the Eskymos with 19 points. Mari Bink added 17 points and Morgan Maki had five steals. Megan McPhee led the Redettes with 16.
“Morgan was probably our most active defender” Hudson said.
Esky resumes the McBain Invitational tournament, facing Gaylord St. Mary on Friday at 6 p.m. McBain welcomes New Lothrup to the nightcap. The tournament resumes on Saturday.
CJ Barron picked up his first coaching win as Esky’s jayvees won 49-27 and Darren Landis also picked up his first win in Esky’s 44-24 triumph in the freshman game.
Escanaba 16 21 12 17 — 65
Marquette 16 8 11 15 — 50
Escanaba—Henderson 5, K. Maki 19, Bink 17, Stahlboerger 2, Salo 9, M. Maki 2, LaMarche 6, Chaillier 5. FT: 18-20; 3-point goals: F: 14; Fouling: None; 3-point Field Goals: K. Maki 3, Bink, Salo, Chaillier, Henderson.
Marquette — Ott 7, Logan 5, Brazeau 3, Lingle 8, Emblad 2, Anderson 7, McPhee 16. FT: 6-9; F 16; Fouling: None; 3 point basket: Logan.