Broncos buck Wolves with press
HARRIS — Not long after Bark-River Harris routed the Carney-Nadeau girls basketball team Thursday night, Wolves’ coach Travis Depuydt went for the bad news in his statistics.
“I don’t even want to look at the turnovers,” Depuydt said. “But here it is, thirty one.
“We knew the press was coming and we worked on it in practice. But it’s hard to simulate their intensity in practice. They have a lot of quick guards. If you’re not ready for the press, it will be a long night.”
It was a long night for the Wolves, who had 31 turnovers after preparing for the press. But the Broncos used a different press and it paid off as C-N committed 11 turnovers and fell behind 19-4 in the first quarter.
“We came with a different press,” BR-H coach Josh Eagle said. “(The diamond press) is high risk, high reward. The girls are confident playing at that speed. And I can go down deep on the bench and that helps.”
The Broncos relied on their depth and press to pull out their fifth straight victory.
Ten players scored for BR-H, led by guard Kelsey Boucher with 14 points and Megan Robinette’s 14 points off the bench. The Broncos shot 38 percent from the field and had 14 turnovers.
BR-H (11-7, 9-3) increased the lead to 34-13 at halftime and 50-18 after three quarters.
Sara Sivula, who has been slowed by a recent ankle injury, scored 10 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wolves (2-16, 1-11). Desirae Belec also had 10 rebounds for C-N, which made 10 of 48 shots from the field.
Depuydt cited his sophomores Ashley Theoret and Layla Blahnik-Thoune for stepping up and competing hard.
But in the end, it was the press that doomed the Wolves on this night.
“The first time we played them, the press didn’t bother us as much,” said Depuydt, whose team had 18 turnovers at halftime. “Tonight, it just rattled us from the get-go.:
BR-H, which won the jayvee game 53-31, hosts North Central Monday. C-N also hosts Superior Central Monday.
Carney-Nadeau 4 9 9 6 — 24
Bark River-Harris 19 15 16 10 — 60
Carney-Nadeau — Bedgood 4, Theoret 2, Blahnik-Thoune 2, Jackson 6, Sivula 10. FT: 4-12; F: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.
Bark River-Harris — Lockwood 5, Welch 3, Stannard 6, Demers 4, Greenfield 5, Mlostek 2, Ray 4, Robinette 14, Boucher 15, Peterson 2. FT: 7-12; F: 15; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Lockwood, Welch, Boucher.