Many of the names and numbers were different but after 32 minutes on Tuesday night, the result was a familiar one for the Blazers. They defended their home court.
Behind 15-point performances from Ally McConnell and Ryleigh Grott, Marquette held off Boone Grove 41-36 for their 38th consecutive win at the Scholl Center, a streak that ties Mt. Vernon (Posey) for the second-longest in girls basketball state history, according to the Hickory Husker Book of Indiana High School Basketball Records. Mt. Vernon accomplished the same feat from 1917-24.
McConnell put her stamp on the contest right out of the gate, scoring nine first-quarter points. Her first career three-pointer got Marquette on the scoreboard and slingshotted the Blazers ahead 15-8 after eight minutes.
Marquette and Boone Grove played to a 5-5 split in the second stanza. All five of BG’s points came from the charity stripe. The Wolves shot 13-of-27 from the line on the night.
A 20-13 halftime lead swelled to 32-19 by the conclusion of the third quarter. McConnell and Grott both tallied five points in the period.
The Blazers saw their 13-point cushion shrivel to just two in the final minute as Boone Grove found its shooting stroke in the fourth frame. The Wolves paired two treys with a 5-for-7 mark from the foul line to make it a 38-36 ballgame.
However, sophomore Ana Blakely knocked down two free throws with 10.9 seconds remaining before McConnell added one more to secure the win. Blakely enjoyed a six-point, three-assist evening in her Blazer debut. Junior Izabel Galindo chipped in five points in support.
Marquette (1-0) will open a four-game road trip Thursday evening when it visits South Bend Adams in a 7:30 pm ET/6:30 pm CT tilt.