Girls basketball: Flivvers drop OT thriller

Kingsford's Sam Cross, left, goes after a loose ball against Marquette's Stasha Warchock on Friday in Kingsford. (Burt Angeli/The Daily News)

KINGSFORD — Avery Ledy scored seven of her game-high 22 points to start overtime and Marquette downed Kingsford 53-44 in Great Northern Conference girls basketball Friday.

Both teams hit lay-ups in the final seconds of regulation for a 42-42 deadlock. Ledy then went to work underneath in overtime, triggering a 7-2 run over the first two minutes.

“Avery battles tough for us in there,” Marquette head coach Ben Smith said of the 5-foot-11 junior who also grabbed 12 rebounds. “We competed hard and made enough plays to win.”

Sophomore Aspen Michelin added nine points and Chloe Hale had five assists for the Redettes (14-3, 6-1).

The Flivvers (7-8, 1-4), who managed just two points in overtime, rallied from an 11-point deficit in the fourth quarter to go ahead 39-37 with three minutes left.

“At times we play so well and fight so hard,” said Kingsford head coach Mike Cross. “Then we have those lulls where we give up a few points here and there. But effort level is phenomenal for this team.”

Renee Roberts, who put the Flivvers on top 39-37 with a steal, scored a team-high 18 points before fouling out. Olivia Allen chipped in 11 points.

A Michelin lay-up with 41 seconds left in regulation gave Marquette a 42-40 lead. With five seconds remaining, Jordyn Kriegl drove the lane for the tying basket.

It was all Marquette in overtime.

“We just have to find a way to finish a game,” Cross said. “It comes down to getting a stop on defense every once in a while and we just didn’t do that.”

Marquette moved to a 19-8 lead in the second quarter before Kingsford ran off eight straight points including three apiece from Jordyn and Brooke Kriegl.

“We came out with some real good effort and energy, and handled their pressure way better than we in Marquette (on Dec. 21),” Smith said. “We got a little looser with it (in the second quarter) and picked up their pace and tempo.

“They work hard and they compete. They don’t play a style you can ever be comfortable with. If you’re finishing plays against their pressure it makes for a different outcome on our end.”

The Redettes took a 21-16 advantage into the third quarter and held a 10-point halfway through the stanza.

Kingsford, trailing 33-24 to start the fourth quarter, outscored Marquette 15-4 in the first five minutes.

Cross pointed to a man defense with full-court pressure in getting back into the game.

“We were able to jump back in it with some steals and get that energy level up,” Cross said. “I thought we did an outstanding job in that fourth quarter.”

Marquette went more than five minutes in the fourth quarter without a field goal before Aspen’s last-minute lay-up.

“We rushed a few lay-ups and didn’t go strong to score,” Smith said. “It would have been nice to make a few more plays in the flow.

“Against this (Kingsford) team you can’t get away with a missed read or a pass that’s not hard enough or a little bit late.”

The Redettes played without a starting front-line player in 5-10 Sydney Kivi (ill).

“We obviously missed her,” Smith noted.

Kingsford was held to two field goals over the final seven minutes of regulation and overtime.

“I don’t want to take a moral victory but we’re fighting, we’re scrapping and making stuff happen,” Cross said.

Kingsford visits Menominee on Monday and Marquette travels to Houghton on Thursday.

Christy Glodowski scored 15 points and Ali Doolittle added 10 as Kingsford edged Marquette 48-45 in the junior varsity game. Sofia VanDenEnde’s 15 points led Marquette.

Kingsford defeated Marquette 50-22 in the freshman game.

Marquette 17 4 12 9 11 — 53

Kingsford 6 10 8 18 2 — 44

MARQUETTE (53): Michelin 9, Elmblad 1, Chloe Hale 3, Claudia Hale 6, Pliska 2, Ledy 22, Miller 3, Warchock 7. FT: 15-25. F: 17. 3-PT: Ledy 2. FG: 18-52. Rebounds: 45 (Ledy 12, PLiska 5, Miller 5, Warchock 5).

KINGSFORD (44): J. Kriegl 9, B. Kriegl 6, Allen 11, Roberts 18. FT: 11-23. F: 23 (Roberts fouled out, 0:45 OT). 3PT: J. Kriegl, Roberts 2.