HARRIS - Coming off a three-week layoff, the Carney-Nadeau Wolves probably expected to be a little rusty. What they didn't count on, was having Wade Schetter foul out.
Still, there's not much that can slow down the Wolves these days. Bark River-Harris didn't put up much resistance Thursday night as Carney-Nadeau rolled 61-33 in the dual Skyline/Central U.P. conference matchup.
Schetter, attempting to work past a box-and-one defense, racked up his third foul near the start of the second quarter. Wolves coach Jake Polfus having limited options on his short bench, left his point guard in the game.
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Carney-Nadeau forward Austin Johnson goes up for a layup as Kyle Kleiman (40) of Bark River-Harris defends Thursday at Harris.
But Schetter picked up his fourth foul at the start of the third quarter, and shockingly, was slapped with his fifth at the 4:30 mark.
"If you told me we'd have Schetter foul out in the third quarter with minutes left to go...," began Broncos coach Matt Richer. "I looked up at the scoreboard and it was 41-20. If we had just kept it close...but credit Carney. They have some firepower. They come at you hard and they come at you the whole game."
Polfus was able to find a bright spot in the situation.
Carney 15 17 11 18 - 61
BR-Harris 9 9 8 7 - 33
Carney-Nadeau - Schetter 9, Blahnik 15, J. DuPont 2, Johnson 14, Lampinen 21; FT: 14-17; F: 18; Fouled out: Schetter; 3-point field goals: Blahnik 2, Johnson 2, Lampinen.
Bark River-Harris - Welch 3, VanBrocklin 3, Conine 4, Kleiman 6, Willa 3, Norman 14; FT: 9-18; F:16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: none.
"You never know when stuff like that is going to happen, but it gave kids a chance to step up," he said. "Keenan (Lampinen) did a good job after a while, settling down and running the offense. And we talked to Austin (Johnson) all Christmas break about getting more confidence and he's been in the gym day in and day out and done a great job. That's a big boost for us."
Johnson was on fire for stretches in the second quarter for the Wolves, at one point scoring seven consecutive points and finishing with a career-high 14 points. Lampinen dominated in the fourth quarter and racked up a game-high 21 points.
It was all much to Richer's dismay.
"Johnson hurt us in the first half. He stretched it out a bit and had nine points in the second quarter. He was one of the guys were tempting to shoot," he said. "He was getting in our zone and we had no one accounting for him on the box-out. Give him credit. He's a guy they don't run a lot through him, but he knows his role."
Turnovers plagued the Broncos early and often, many of them unforced. There were frequent moving violations and generally sloppy play at times, helping the Wolves to build a quick double digit lead and hang on to it.
On top of that, the ball couldn't find the net.
"We couldn't hit a shot," lamented Richer. "Carney plays pretty good defense and they didn't give us a lot of looks, but when we had them, we didn't hit them. (Three) points from my starting guards...I have to get more from them."
John Norman, while playing different roles throughout the game, at times leading the offense, led the Broncos with 14 points and 12 rebounds. Though he was primarily guarding Dionte Blahnik, he finished with only one foul and was also responsible with the ball against a swarming Wolves defense.
"Norman played pretty good in stretches," said Richer. "I think the big key was turning the ball over the way we did. There was a lot of traveling and bouncing off knees and feet. I told my guys, one-on-one this should be no problem. No one at this level is a lockdown defender. I don't know why we have so much trouble with it."
Bark River-Harris (1-4, 1-2 Skyline, 1-3 CUP), which won the jayvee game 50-43 hosts Republic-Michigamme on Monday while Carney-Nadeau (5-0, 4-0, 3-0) travels to Big Bay de Noc.