|Sport||Date||Visiting Team||Home Team|
|Hockey - Boys||3/2/2013||St. Clair||0||Bloomfield Hills Cranbrook Kingswood||11|
|Basketball - Girls||2/2/2013||Birmingham Unified||4||St. Clair||1|
|Basketball - Girls||1/29/2013||Port Huron||26||Port Huron Northern||50|
Select a Sport:
Select a School:
GIRLS BASKETBALL: Team effort gives Marysville outright MAC championship
Surrounded by a crowd of opponents, Marysville’s Madison Valko (10) hauls in a rebound in Friday’s Viking win. (Photos by DAVE ANGELL)
Marysville’s Jessica Martin (11) claims control of the ball in Friday’s win over Lake Shore.
Lake Shore’s lone senior, Sydney Morgan, scored 23 points, hauled in 10 rebounds, blocked three shots but she still couldn’t will the Shorians to a win for the MAC Gold title against Marysville.
“She was huge. She played maybe the best game of her career, especially under the circumstances: senior night, playing for the league title,” Lake Shore coach Jimmy Roehm said. “She kept her composure and played great. That’s the hardest thing to do on senior night, playing at home. You’ve got so much emotion going through you. She was phenomenal.”
Morgan’s play even drew the praise of Marysville coach Ryan Rathje, who knew what his team was in for, having lost to the Shorians earlier in the season at Marysville.
“Sydney is incredible. She really took it to us in the first half. Even in the second half, we tried to send a swarm after her and she still scored inside. She battled her heart out. I think she is a fantastic player.”
After a sluggish start to the game, the Vikings took a 14-6 lead with three minutes remaining in the first quarter in a triple by Marysville sharp shooter Madison Valko.
That’s when Morgan took over.
In an eight-minute span, she keyed a 13-2 Lake Shore run by intercepting and converting a steal, blocking a shot that led to an easy layup, and, on two successive possessions, controlling the inside boards and converting put-backs that put Lake Shore ahead, 19-16, with five minutes remaining in the first half.
It was a performance that even had Marysville coach Ryan Rathje in awe.
“Morgan is so tough. It was hard for us to keep her off the boards. We’d try to contest the first shot and she’d get the rebound and put that one up too. She’s such a great player, she could not be denied.”
As good as Morgan was, Rathje had his own weapon in junior guard Madison Valko.
Valko had 17 first half points (22 total), many of which came late in the first half, including a sneaky back door layup on a nod-and-go pass from Emily Gerrow that pulled the Vikings to within one, 19-16.
Marysville 14 20 5 15 -- 54
Lake Shore 15 20 4 11 -- 50
MARYSVILLE (11-1; 15-5): Madison Valko 22, Jessica Martin 3, Taylor Hornbacker 14, Emily Gerrow 7, Payton Husson 2, Natalie Curley 6. Totals: 17 (7) 13-20 -- 54.
LAKE SHORE (10-2; 14-6): Paige Plotzke 3, Carly Vargo 7, Mackenzie Alvae 4, Sarah McCarthy 1, Sydney Morgan 23, Andrea Rico 7, Mackenzie Nemitz 2. Totals: 18 (2) 12-19 -- 50.
Last Updated: 2/25/2013 3:56:41 PM EST