Blazers dispatch visiting Andrean, now 4-1
MICHIGAN CITY — A day removed from converting 14 three-point baskets in a victory over Oregon-Davis that was played against a zone defense, the Marquette girls basketball team was prepared for a tougher grind on Saturday against Andrean’s man-to-man approach.
And while the Blazers offensive output and three-point proficiency was nowhere as prolific as it was against the Bobcats, the defending Class A state champions put together a solid four quarters of basketball and cruised 55-17 at the Scholl Center.
For the second straight game, a Nolan reached a scoring milestone for Marquette (4-1). Emma Nolan’s 17 points against Andrean pushed her career scoring total to 1,505 points. Sophia Nolan, who led the Blazers with 19 against the 59ers, surpassed 1,500 points in the Oregon-Davis game.
“We were really on fire last night from three,” Blazers coach Katie Collignon said. “I thought we did a good job adjusting to the change of defenses and did a good job of running our offense. We were getting open shots, especially early on in the game.
“Kudos to Andrean for playing a tough defensive game, but I thought the girls did good job finding the inside-out kind of game as the game went on. Sophia and Emma just play so well together, and we’re playing very good team basketball right now.”
Marquette grabbed the early lead in the first minutes by scoring the games’ first three baskets and were well in control 14-2 with 3:10 to left and on its way to an 18-7 advantage heading into the second quarter. Both Nolans contributed six points in the first eight minutes.
Andrean cut its deficit to single digits at 18-11 with 3:49 left in the first half before the Blazers would close out the quarter with a 13-1 run for a comfortable 31-12 halftime advantage. Five Marquette players would score in a 17-2 third-quarter effort.
“We obviously shot well in a zone defense, but I really think we are a good man-to-man team,” Collignon said. “We’re hard to match up against because we have five scorers on the floor. I think we play well man-to-man. We do get zoned a lot. I think we do like both.”
Sophia (1,531 points) and Emma (1,505), according a quick search by Jason Wille at the IHSAA, are the third set of sisters to score a combined 3,000 career points in Indiana. The Nolans recently signed to play their college basketball at St. John’s.
“I think we thrive better in a man-to-man just because we can get the in-and-out and high-low game going,” Sophia said. “When we’re in a zone, it’s a lot of kick-out threes. When teams like Andrean have that aggressive tone, we just match it.”
Emma said that depending on three-point baskets in a zone defense can literally be hit or miss.
“If our guards are hot and can hit the threes, that’s obviously good,” she said. “But if they can’t shoot, we’re out of luck. The game against Oregon-Davis was definitely one of our better shooting days. If we shot well like that every day, then please zone us.”
MARQUETTE 55, ANDREAN 17
Sophia Nolan 6 7-9 19, Claire Salyer 3 0-0 8, Emmery Joseph 0 0-0 0, Morgan Crook 3 0-0 6, Emma Nolan 8 1-2 17, Ryleigh Grott 0 0-0 0, Dia Rallings 0 0-0 0, Ukari Payne 1 0-0 3, Ally McConnell 1 0-0 2. Totals: 22 8-11 55.
Uyamone Blair 0 1-2 1, Peyton Horn 1 1-2 4, Arizona Lenski 0 0-0 0, Karli Miller 2 0-0 4, Brianna Houpt 0 0-0 0, Lauryn Swain 0 0-0 0, Angelena Green 0 0-0 0, Kaytlynn Hogan 0 0-0 0, Sydney Kmetz 0 0-0 0, Julia Schutz 2 0-0 4, Mary Mantel 0 0-0 0, Natalie Figlio 2 0-0 4. Totals: 7 2-4 17.
3-pointers: (M) Salyer 2, Payne 1; (A) Horn 1.
Marquette 55, Andrean 17
Sophia Nolan poured in 19 points and twin sister Emma Nolan had 17 points for the Blazers.