PERKINS - The Carney Nadeau Wolves were able to chip away at what was once a 20 point lead by the Mid Peninsula Wolverines, but there just wasn't enough time.
The Wolverines came out on top, winning 54-46 and improved to 2-0.
Mid Pen jumped out to an early lead, but an easy fast break bucket from Carney-Nadeau's Casey Charlier cut it to a one-point deficit. Then, Morgan Eichhorn hit a three pointer and the momentum was shifting to the Wolves.
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Mid Peninsula's Hunter Branstrom prepares to shoot a free throw during the second half of their game against the Carney-Nadeau Wolves Friday. The Wolverines won 54-46.
However, the Wolverines picked up the pace and a few key rebounds from Krysta VanDamme helped boost Mid Pen to a 15-12 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Carney struck back in the second, as Janel Dani was fouled in the act and was able to convert the three-point play to tie the game at 15. The Wolves were able to maintain control of the game through some great offensive rebounding efforts that gave then a quick advantage in the quarter.
But when the Wolverines were able to take away the offensive boards for Carney, they were able to swing the pendulum and close out the half on a 9-2 run.
Mid Peninsula 15 11 19 9 - 54
Carney-Nadeau 12 9 7 18 - 46
Mid Peninsula: Shope 12, Westlund 5, Nummilien 9, Lancour 2, Kayser 7, Branstrom 11, VanDamme; F: 14; Fouled out: Shope; 3-point field goals: Shope, Nummilien
Carney-Nadeau: Wery 7, Charlier 8, J. Dani 8, Murray 10, Baumier 4, A. Dani 6, Debacker 3; F: 21; Fouled out: Charlier; 3-point field goals: Wery, A. Dani, Debacker
Mid Pen picked up right where they left off in the third quarter, led by some great plays by VanDamme, who absolutely dominated the boards on both sides of the court. The Wolverines outscored the Wolves 19-7 in the quarter, and with a buzzer beater from Elle Lancour, they marched into the final stanza with a 45-28 lead.
Then, Mid Pen opened the fourth with a big three-pointer from Kelsey Shope to make the lead an even 20 points. But just when this game appeared to be over, Carney completely boosted the pace of the game. They went on a 15-0 run that included two nearly back-to-back threes from Morgan Eichhorn and Autam Wery, and all of a sudden, this was a ballgame again.
Sensing the game was slipping out of their hands, the Wolverines came up with a few buckets. However, Carney kept it very close, because nearly every time they had a possession near the closing minutes of the game, they were able to turn it into quick points.
A quick layup by Dani brought it to within five points, but Mid Pen was able to keep just enough distance between them and the Wolves to close out the game 54-46.
"We had some good moments, and we had some rough moments," said Mid Pen coach Ryan Lyle. "When you blow a 20 point lead and it gets down to seven or eight points, it's a tough one to swallow. But Carney forced a lot of plays and were quick and aggressive, and we didn't match that at times."
In regards to their 2-0 start, Lyle said, "It feels good. The team has worked hard, so it's a nice feeling for them."
Despite coming up short, Wolves coach Duane Bingham was happy with the performance.
"I thought we played well," he said. "The effort was there, the hustle was there, our press seemed to bother them at times, but their size hurt us."
He said all in all, he felt the effort was definitely there, they just weren't able to connect on some good opportunities.
"A few buckets here and there, and I think it's a closer game," Bingham added. "But it's early in the season. We're going to learn from this, and hopefully it's a different result the next time we see them."
The Wolverines jayvees also won their game 37-34 in a barn-burner. The Wolves were within two points and there was only 10 seconds remaining, but a free throw from Mid Pen's Nicole Arkens put them up by three and time ran out.
Both teams resume Tuesday night; Mid Pen hosts North Central, while Carney hosts Forest Park.