The defending Class B girls basketball champion Marshall Redhawks claimed District 35 at Comstock Friday evening with a 69-31 win over the Harper Creek Beavers. The Beavers played right with Marshall in the first quarter, never trailing by more than three with a 10-9 score after one. However, Nikki Tucker came alive and helped deliver a 23-8 second quarter and the Redhawks never looked back.
“Nikki was outstanding in that quarter scoring for us and the (Long) twins played terrific defense,” said Marshall coach Sal Konkle after the game. “These kids just have a will to win like no other team I’ve coached.”
Tucker finished with 25 points, followed by Jill Konkle with 18. Marshall’s final basket of the game got perhaps the loudest roar of the evening from sophomore Maddie Reynolds.
“Maddie has cancer, it’s Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” noted coach Konkle. “She had her second chemo treatment yesterday. She’ll be just fine, she’s a tough kid and a fighter. She’s got a great family to support her and a great basketball team to support her.”
The Redhawks move to 20-2 after beating the same two district opponents as they did last season. They’ll meet the same regional semifinal opponent Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in Stevensville Lakeshore, who improved to 18-6 with a 59-32 win over Buchanan. On the other side of Regional 9, the hosting Three Rivers Wildcats moved to 10-13 after shocking Edwardsburg (19-3). They’ll meet Otsego (19-3) Tuesday at 7:30 after the Bulldogs topped Allegan. You can listen to the Regional 9 games live Tuesday and Thursday on Michigan Sports Radio.
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Harper Creek senior Jacey Bowers led her team with 13 in her final game. The Beavers finish 12-10, but return three starters next year.