Wolverines, Rapid River notch wins

Girls basketball roundup

POWERS — Haley Trudell and Kennedy Englund became frequent vistors to the free throw line Tuesday night, helping the Mid Peninsula girls earn a 47-43 basketball triumph over the North Central Jets.

Trudell sank 12-of-16 gifters, including 6-of-8 in the fourth quarter of the Skyline Central Conference match-up. Englund finished 7-of-10 from the line.

“Haley and Kennedy played their best games of the year,” said Mid Pen coach Bob Reichel. “They shot real well from the line. Kennedy handled the pressure well. Kennedy guarded (Natalie) Dombrowski and I thought she did a real good job against her.”

The contest was tied at 33 after the third quarter.

“This was a win that we needed,” said Reichel. “Hopefully, this is a sign we’re getting some of the rust off. It was a tight game all the way. I don’t think the lead was more than 6-7 points. We just played real well. We were patient. This was the best we ran our offense all year.”

The Wolverines (1-2 overall and league) led 15-9 after the first quarter, but trailed 24-23 at halftime.

“Karley Prater hit a real big three late in the first quarter,” said Reichel. “She was ready to do and that’s what we need.”

Dombrowski and Chloe Wells paced the Jets (also 1-2 overall and league) with 16 points each.

The Jets hit 15-of-49 from the field and committed just nine turnovers.

“We took much better care of the ball than we did the other night (26 miscues in Friday’s 45-38 loss at Rapid River),” said Jets’ coach Lee Vincent. “We played good defense, but shooting 30 percent from the floor didn’t help any. We missed some easy shots down the stretch. The kids played hard. We were right there. It was a good game.”

North Central, which won the jayvee game, visits Stephenson Tuesday. Mid Pen hosts Republic-Michigamme Friday.

Mid Peninsula 15 8 10 14 — 47

North Central 9 15 9 10 — 43

Mid Peninsula — Trudell 22, Croasdell 2, Prater 3, Koski 2, K. Englund 16, Rajala 2. FT: 19-28; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Englund 3, Prater.

North Central — Laurila 2, Dombrowski 16, Linder 9, Wells 16. FT: 8-12; F: 21; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Dombrowski 3, Linder 2.

Rapid River 48,

Norway 39

RAPID RIVER — First-year Rapid River girls’ basketball coach Mitch Hall likes the way his team started and finished its game Tuesday night against Norway.

The Rockets built a 16-5 first-quarter lead, fell behind 38-35 after three quarters and outscored the Knights 13-1 in the fourth quarter en route to a 48-39 victory.

“We kept our composure, that’s the first time we trailed all year,” said Hall, whose team improves to 3-0 and overcame a 5-for-23 showing at the free-throw line. “The third quarter we came out a little flat. I thought we handled (being behind) well. I told the girls we have to prepare for tight games late and we were composed.”

Kristin Goodacre sparked the Rockets with a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds.

“She is a very unselfish player and I wish she would have shot more,” Hall said about Goodacre. “She had a good performance on offense and defense.”

Elizabeth Goodacre contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds, Rachel Bintner had eight points and seven rebounds, Shelby LaCosse grabbed eight rebounds and Jenna Rubick dished off five assists for the Rockets.

Ada VanHolla led Norway with 12 points and Teiona Fuson had nine points.

Rapid River hosts Superior Central Friday and Norway hosts Big Bay Friday.

The summary:

Norway 5 14 19 1 — 39

Rapid River 16 12 7 13 — 48

Norway — Bal 2, Clifford 7, VanHolla 12, Faull 3, Fuson 9, Gyselinck 2, Casanova 4. FT: 9-17; F: 21. Fouled out: Bal, VanHolla.

Rapid River — Bintner 8, E. Goodacre 10, K. Goodacre 19, LaCosse 7, Thibault 4. FT: 5-23; F: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Bintner 2, K. Goodacre 3.

CRYSTAL FALLS — A promising first half wasn’t enough for the Carney-Nadeau girls Tuesday night as they dropped a 52-44 basketball decision to the Forest Park Trojans.

The Wolves led 24-13 at halftime, but their lead melted to 36-30 after three quarters and disappeared in the fourth.

“The first half was probably out best this season,” said Carney coach Travis Depuydt. “They didn’t make lot of adjustments. But we got lazy on defense, which is something we usually don’t do. We went into the half feeling real good. I like how we played in the first half. Unfortunately, we took the second half off. We probably missed about 15 layups. We didn’t execute.”

Sara Sivula scored 15 points and Layla Blahnik-Thoune had 14 for the Wolves (2-1 overall and league), who made a majority of their 22 turnovers in the second half. Taylor Linder collected 13 rebounds.

“Taylor was aggressive on the boards,” said Depuydt. “We’re definitely happy about that.” Hannah Cross paced the Trojans (also 2-1 overall and league) with 20 points. Taylor Honkala added 10.

Forest Park, which won a 47-44 double-overtime thriller in the jayvee contest, hosts Kingsford Friday. The Wolves visit Stephenson Friday.

Carney-Nadeau 12 12 13 7 — 44

Forest Park 7 6 20 19 — 52

Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 15, Jackson 5, Blahnik-Thoune 14, Linder 6, Theoret 2, Paupore 2. FT: 8-11; F: 17; Fouled out: None.

Forest Park — Emmers 2, Scarlassara 7, Honkala 10, Loehr 4, Nocerini 6, Aberly 3, Cross 20. FT: 19-28; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Nocerini 2, Cross, Honkala, Loehr.

Marquette 56,

Gladstone 36

MARQUETTE — Sydney Kivi led the way with 13 points while Bridget Pliska scored 12 points as the Marquette girls basketball team defeated Gladstone 56-36 at the MSHS gym on Tuesday night.

The Redettes improved to 3-0 as head coach Ben Smith was happy with Tuesday night’s performance.

“It was a good home start with Avery (Ledy), Sydney and Bridget all closing in on double-doubles,” the coach said. “Chloe (Hale) helped push the tempo finishing with seven assists.”

Ledy added nine points and 13 rebounds.

The Redettes opened with a 15-9 lead after one quarter, extending it to 27-15 by halftime.

Marquette travels to Escanaba on Thursday.

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