Marinette’s Lexi Bohan tries to steal the ball from Maddy Anderla of Menominee in the first half Thursday in Marinette.  EagleHerald/Jody Korch
Marinette’s Lexi Bohan tries to steal the ball from Maddy Anderla of Menominee in the first half Thursday in Marinette.
EagleHerald/Jody Korch
MARINETTE - One thing led to another in Menominee's 45-21 M&M Game girls' basketball win Thursday night.
Allison Barley's steal and layup, followed by full-court pressure, more steals, fast-break baskets by Amanda Simmons, Lexi Christian and Barley, and 26 straight points for the Maroons.
"It just seemed like off that press, things just seemed to roll, baskets started falling," Maroon coach Lucas Chouinard said.
Before then, Marinette had a 15-10 lead, and its P.F. Neverman Gym fans were rocking.
Abby Dufrane scored a three-point play, Alex Cording knocked down a 3-pointer, and Cording split a pair of free throws, and the Marines led 15-10 with 4:50 in the half.
After that, the Marines went scoreless for more than 14 minutes.
"We changed our defense a little bit," Barley said. "We decided to change the pace a little bit, and it ended up working for us."
Menominee scored the final nine points of the first half. Simmons split a pair of free throws, and she scored inside. Amanda Pedersen scored on a steal and layup, Allia Stewart scored in transition, and Amber Woods hit a shot.
The Maroons carried the momentum into the second half. Menominee scored 10 points in transition in the third quarter.
Marinette's leading scorer, Cassie Hilbert, was hit in the head in the first quarter, suffered concussion-like symptoms, and was sidelined the rest of the way. Not long after she went out, the offense went south.
"She's a huge part of our offense and our defense," Marinette coach Luke Maulding said. "We're a young team, and when we start getting turnovers we kind of put our heads down. But, pick it up, another day, move on."
The game was played at a breakneck pace for the first half. Marinette committed 32 turnovers and Menominee had 25.
"Sometimes we try to force the ball too much," Chouinard said.
Maulding liked the way his team played early.
"We really got into their head," he said. "We were rebounding, playing good defense."
Barley led the Maroons (2-0) with 10 points. Pedersen added eight and Simmons had seven.
"At first we weren't expecting their pressure, their speed," Barley said. "As soon as we got our heads in the game, we could play with them."
Menominee won the junior varsity game 35-30. Paige Barrette led the Maroons with 12 points, Avrie Stewart had eight and Whitney Makowski seven. For Marinette, Katelyn Kuffel scored 14 and Marissa Mailand added six.
The Maroon freshmen won 23-21, Corrina Anderson had seven points and three assists. Ali LaLonde added four points, seven rebounds and four steals. Janice Larret chipped in with four points, three rebounds and two steals, and Morgan Demmith pulled down six rebounds.
Makayla Bell led the Marines with eight points and Megan Suhs added seven.
MENOMINEE (45) - Simmons 7, Tiesling 0, Owens 0, Barley 10, Christian 6, Woods 3, McDonnell 2, Stewart 4, Anderla 3, Pedersen 8, Demmith 0, Mathias 2, Saucier 0, Unkenholz 0, Nordquist 0. FGs: 16-45; FTs: 13-20.
MARINETTE (21) - Bohan 4, Cording 6, Wolf 0, Lambie 0, Dufrane 3, Hilbert 2, Wahl 0, Corry 0, Metzner 3, Veriha 3. FGs: 7-49; FTs: 6-9.
Menominee 7 12 16 10 - 45
Marinette 8 7 0 6 - 21