No change in last U.P. girls’ poll
HOUGHTON – There was no change this week in the U.P. Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association’s girls’ basketball polls, the last ones of the 2012-13 season.
Marquette remains the No. 1 team in Class ABC by a single vote ahead of Houghton, 23 points to 22.
The Redettes finished their regular season with a 59-47 road win at Negaunee to go 17-3 for the year. Perhaps even more impressively, the Redettes defeated Petoskey 53-46 Monday on the road in a Class A district tournament opener, avenging one of their defeats from December.
Houghton (18-2) remains in the second slot with two first-place votes.
The Miners (15-5) remained No. 3 with 11 points despite their home loss to Marquette.
Their district tournament path begins Wednesday at home against Westwood.
Kingsford (15-4) is fourth with 10 points. The Flivvers dismissed Escanaba 46-34 at home in a Class B district semi Monday. They’ll meet Menominee for the title Wednesday.
Calumet remains fifth with nine points.
In other district play, Newberry advanced to play a district final at home after beating Indian River Inland Lakes 50-31 Monday, while the Copper Country’s regional semifinal opponent will be either West Iron County or Iron Mountain after the Mountaineers bounced Norway 53-39 and the Wykons escaped with a 33-31 win over Stephenson.
In the Class D poll, St. Ignace and Superior Central completed 20-0 seasons and were 1-2 in the poll.
The Saints whipped cross-bridge neighbor Mackinaw City 94-25 in district play Monday. Only a perfunctory contest with Mackinac Island Wednesday separates them and the regionals. Superior Central had a nearly as easy time of it in its postseason opener, dumping Engadine 56-16 at Engadine. The Cougars will face winless Rapid River in the semifinals Wednesday.
Forest Park was third on all ballots ahead of a Wednesday district semifinal at home against Ewen-Trout Creek.
DeTour (17-2) and Bark River-Harris (16-4) were separated by a single vote for the fourth spot. However, the Raiders’ season is already over after a 38-36 loss to Brimley in district tournament play at Rudyard.
BR-H advanced from its opener, downing Carney-Nadeau 50-40.
On the boys’ side, Negaunee remains a unanimous No. 1 in Class ABC and will finish a 19-1 season if it can beat Iron Mountain tonight.
Marquette, which visits Houghton Thursday, is No. 2 on all ballots and Ironwood (16-3) is No. 3.
Gwinn is up a spot to fourth on all ballots, while Kingsford outpolled Iron Mountain 3-2 for the last spot.
In Class D, Cedarville is unanimous No. 1, well ahead of neighbors Carney-Nadeau (17) and North Central (13). Brimley lands in fourth, while Ewen-Trout Creek stays in the poll despite its Porcupine Mountain Conference loss to Bessemer last week at number five.
Munising (two) and Bessemer (one) also received votes.