Lexi Christian of Menominee, left, and Kingsford’s Hannah Tresedder race after a loose
ball during their game Monday in Menominee.  EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
Lexi Christian of Menominee, left, and Kingsford’s Hannah Tresedder race after a loose ball during their game Monday in Menominee.
EagleHerald/Tom Kaeser
MENOMINEE - The Menominee girls rocked Kingsford early, then answered a rousing Flivver comeback with a knockout punch Monday night.
The Maroons, playing their fourth game in seven days, came out of the gates like greyhounds chasing a rabbit in a 53-37 Great Northern Conference win over the Flivvers.
Menominee connected on 11 of 17 shots in the first quarter while busting out to a 23-6 lead.
The Maroons tenacious man-to-man pressure frustrated the Flivvers into a 2 of 11 shooting struggle in the first eight minutes.
"That's the best start we've had," said coach Lucas Chouinard. "All the focus tonight was on coming out with tenacity on defense. Our offense was on fire in the first quarter."
Kingsford, which was coming off a 47-46 win over previously unbeaten Marquette on Friday, played without point guards Jaelyn Jennings (concussion) and Courtney Qualley (illness).
"Menominee did a good job defensively putting pressure on us," Kingsford coach Mike Cross said. "We were a little shorthanded, but we'll learn from that."
The Flivvers got into sync in the second quarter to cut the margin to 26-22, but the Maroons countered with an inside hoop from Paige Owens and Owens then dished to Allia Stewart for a layup to push the lead to 30-22 at halftime.
The Flivvers sank seven of eight free throws in the second quarter to get back into the game.
Amber Larson bagged two FTs, then stole the ball and drove in from halfcourt to slice the Maroon lead to 32-30 with 3:21 left in the third quarter.
The Maroons switched from man to zone coverage and threw cold water on the Flivvers' momentum with a 17-0 game-breaking run.
Amanda Simmons turned a steal into a 13-foot jumper and she cashed in another steal for a basket.
Allia Stewart's two FTs gave the Maroons a 43-30 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
Woods knocked down a 3-pointer from the key to sky the Menominee lead to 47-30 with 5:34 left in the game.
"We had a little trouble with their dribble-drive," said Chouinard. "We switched to a zone and shut them down after that. We were able to get turnovers and get transition baskets off them."
Kingsford turned the ball over eight times during the Menominee flurry.
"I think the girls got tired and lazy with their passes," said Cross. "Menominee did a good job of putting defensive pressure on us."
Stewart led the Maroons with 15 points and added five steals and five rebounds.
Maddy Anderla had 11 points, Simmons had four steals, and Pedersen had four assists.
Woods collected six points and had five rebounds.
"She's been an excellent player for us all year," Chouinard said. "She played with a lot of confidence tonight."
Maria Wiltzius led the Flivvers (7-9, 2-5 GNC) with 11 points.
The Maroons (11-5, 4-2 GNC) remain a game behind Marquette in the GNC with two games to play, including a Feb. 21 home game against the Redettes.
Menominee won the junior varsity game 47-28 and Kingsford prevailed in the freshman game 49-26.
KINGSFORD (37) - Walters 2, Lindeman 2, Tresedder 5, Larson 1, Wiltzius 11. FTs: 12-14
MENOMINEE (53) - Simmons 2, Owens 5, Christian 4, Saucier 2, Woods 6, McDonnell 2, Stewart 15, Anderla 11. FTs: 9-11
Kingsford 6 16 8 7 - 37
Menominee 23 7 13 10 - 53