The skin on Katie Collignon’s knuckles can finally heal.
After hearing her team can, will, should play in Indianapolis for the better part of the last 18 months, she’s no longer knocking on wood.
The Lady Blazers’ patented defense was on full display Saturday afternoon in a demonstrative 58-18 triumph victory over Tri-Central at Valparaiso High School.
Sophia Nolan quelled any nerves with a triple on Marquette’s opening possession. Emma Nolan knocked down a trey of her own two minutes later to expand it to 6-0. The Lady Trojans made it an 8-4 contest, but the Lady Blazers recorded the last five points of the stanza to lead 13-4 after a quarter.
Marquette’s 5-0 period-closing run swelled to 16-0 as its defense rattled off an 11-minute, 54-second scoreless stand.
Claire Salyer erupted off the bench with eight second-quarter points, including a buzzer-beating three-pointer that made it 32-8.
The Lady Blazer defense didn’t waver despite a healthy margin. They surrendered two second-half field goals while leaving Tri-Central bamboozled.
Marquette cruised to the 58-18 win behind Emma Nolan’s 22 points, 10 rebounds, five blocks, and three steals. Sophia Nolan added 12 points, six assists, and five rebounds.
The Lady Blazers were a perfect 8-for-8 from the free-throw line as a team.
Morgan Crook finished with six points while Amani Corral chipped in four. Mackenzie Marovich, Emmery Joseph, and Ally McConnell each accounted for two.
The win clinched Marquette’s first semistate win in program history. The Lady Blazers (26-2) will meet Vincennes Rivet (26-2) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse at 10:30 am ET/9:30 am CT
next Saturday in Indianapolis.