Head coach Katie Collignon towed some luggage down the second-floor hallway of the Logansport Holiday Inn Express & Suites minutes before the team departed for its regional championship game against Fremont.
“Take this, please,” she said, handing a tote bag to an assistant AD. “I’m starting to sweat and that can’t happen in this gray sweatshirt.”
As the events of Marquette’s 57-25 title-clincher unfurled, the perspiration began – and ended – at the team hotel.
Behind the combination of their latest impenetrable defensive masterpiece and a trio of double-figure scorers, the Lady Blazers coasted to their third consecutive regional crown at Caston High School in Rochester.
Emma and Sophia Nolan got things rolling by contributing 12 points to a 14-0 game-opening run. Fremont’s Macayla Guthrie prevented a first-quarter shutout thanks to a trey with seven seconds left in the quarter.
Marquette’s 11-point lead swelled to 17 by halftime. Claire Salyer drained three triples while Sophia Nolan registered six more in the second quarter. Nolan had 11 points by the intermission.
Fremont sank a three-pointer with 2:02 left in the first half. The Lady Eagles’ next field goal came at the 3:42 mark of the fourth quarter. Over that 14-minute, 20-second span, Marquette outscored Fremont 29-4. Furthermore, the Lady Blazers held the Lady Eagles scoreless during the third period.
Sophia Nolan led all scorers with 16 points while Emma Nolan and Salyer both tallied 14. For the second straight game, the Lady Blazers made nine three-pointers. Marquette received 10 points from its bench (Dia Rallings, 5; Ally McConnell, 4; Ukari Payne, 1).
The victory vaults the Lady Blazers (25-2) into a semistate showdown for the third straight year. Marquette will meet Northfield (25-2) at LaPorte on Saturday at noon CT with a February 23rd date at Bankers Life Fieldhouse up for grabs.