2018-02-08 / Sports

Pirates split back-to-back with Marlette Red Raiders

By: Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com


Harbor Beach guard Megan Pawlowski looks to make a move against Marlette’s Halle Reed Thursday night. Pawlowski scored eight points in the 45-40 loss. 
Photo by Mike Gallagher Harbor Beach guard Megan Pawlowski looks to make a move against Marlette’s Halle Reed Thursday night. Pawlowski scored eight points in the 45-40 loss. Photo by Mike Gallagher MARLETTE - On January 25th, the Marlette girls basketball team stunned Sandusky, in Sandusky, making the Greater Thumb East Conference a bit more interesting for teams like Ubly, Brown City, and Harbor Beach.

Over the past week the Harbor Beach Pirates were tasked with facing the Red Raiders, who had a 3-1 record in the GTC East, back-to-back, losing the first 45-40, but bouncing back in a big way Tuesday night, winning 37-28.

The Pirates held Marlette to their lowest scoring output of the season, and ended the Red Raiders six game winning streak.

“Our kids played outstanding Tuesday night in Marlette,” said Harbor Beach head coach Jim Tamlyn. “Defensively we were very good. We held a very good Marlette team to 11 points through three quarters. Offensively we were patient and disciplined.”

The Pirates jumped out to a 9-6 lead in the first quarter, and then in the second quarter held the Red Raiders scoreless, to take a 19-6 halftime lead.

In the third quarter, Harbor Beach outscored Marlette 8-5, before the Red Raiders started to get the offense going in the fourth, scoring 17 points.

“Marlette is one of the better teams in our area and they are very well coached,” Tamlyn said. “Our kids dropped a tough one to them last Thursday by five and we were five-of-13 from the foul line. I’m really proud of their collective efforts.”

Harbor Beach was led in scoring by Lexi Rutkowski, who had 12 points, including three triples, Jessica Weber, who had 10 points, and Mae Woodke, who added seven.

Emily Schaub paced Marlette with 14 points.

The loss by Marlette drops them to 11-3 overall, and 4-2 in the GTC East, while Harbor Beach improved to 12-4 overall and 4-3 in the league.

Both teams are still behind Sandusky (14-2, 6-1) in the standings, but both still get to face the Redskins again, both at home.

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