All good things come to an end, and on Saturday, Marquette’s 40-game home winning streak saw its denouement.
Leading by two points midway through the fourth quarter, East Chicago Central closed the tilt on a 13-0 run to lock down a 49-34 victory. The loss was the Blazers’ first at the Scholl Center since Jan. 26th, 2015. The 40-game home winning streak goes down as the second-longest in Indiana high school girls basketball history, according to the Hickory Husker Book of Indiana High School Basketball Record, 14 games shy of Kokomo’s record-setting stretch from 1997-2002.
Thrust into starting duties following injuries to Ally McConnell and Ryleigh Grott, freshman Sade Anderson-Hernandez accounted for five of Marquette’s seven first-quarter points.
Sophomore Ana Blakely and junior Mary Kate Bobillo both drained a triple in the second quarter as the Blazers and Cardinals went into halftime tied 17-17.
EC Central matched its first-half offensive output in the third period. Blakely and junior Izabel Galindo tossed in four points each, but Marquette found itself trailing 34-25 entering the final frame.
The Blazers dialed it up from deep in that fourth quarter as a nine-point lead shriveled to just two with 4:40 to play. Bobillo, Blakely, and Galindo all hit triples in a three-and-a-half-minute span. However, the Cardinals scored the last 13 points of the contest to record the first win by a visiting team at the Scholl Center in 1,783 days.
Blakely led the Blazers in scoring with 12 points while Galindo finished with 11. Bobillo and Anderson-Hernandez tallied six and five points, respectively.
Marquette (4-6) will seek to begin a new home-court winning streak Tuesday evening when Victory Christian Academy stops by the Scholl Center for a 6 pm varsity-only affair.