Duo sparks Big Bay to win over Cougars

Girls basketball roundup

EBEN — The Big Bay de Noc girls packed a potent 1-2 scoring punch Thursday night and it just was enough for them to rally past Superior Central 47-46 in a Skyline Central Conference baskteball game.

Brooke Dalgord scored 24 points and Holli Stapleton hit 21 for the Black Bears, who trailed 28-13 at halftime and 38-28 after the third quarter.

Stapleton sank a free throw with six seconds left in the contest, sending the Black Bears ahead to stay.

The Cougars had one more chance, but Taylor Silta’s shot from more than half-court fell a couple feet short of the hoop at the final buzzer.

“We jumped out to an early 9-0 lead,” said Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge. “We played pretty good ball, then we got into foul trouble. Emma (Rondeau) got her fourth foul and we turned the ball over four times within the first two minutes of the third quarter. Momentum was going the wrong way.”

Tori Tyner led the Cougars with a career-high 17 points and Rondeau, who fouled out a minute into the fourth stanza, finished with 13 points.

“We didn’t play very good ball after Emma fouled out,” said Trowbridge. “We had the opportunities, but had too many turnovers. We’re a small team.

“When Emma went out, we were sitting in a zone and our forwards were 5-5 and 5-3. We were in little bit of trouble down low. We couldn’t stop them. We kept picking up fouls.”

Big Bay (4-9 overall, 2-9 SCC) visits Rapid River Monday. The Cougars (2-11 overall, 1-10 SCC) visit Mid Peninsula Monday.

Big Bay de Noc 6 7 15 19 — 47

Superior Central 19 9 10 8 — 46

Big Bay de Noc — McPhee 1, Lawrence 2, Dalgord 24, Stapleton 20. FT: 8-17; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Dalgord.

Superior Central — Rondeau 13, Tyner 17, Silta 4, Pasanen 3, Gauthier 2, Maki 5, Klyk 2. FT: 7-12; F: 18; Fouled out: Rondeau; 3-point field goals: Rondeau, Pasanen, Tyner.

Norway 37,

North Central 31

POWERS — Cold shooting hurt the North Central girls’ basketball team Thursday night in a 37-31 loss to visiting Norway.

The Jets connected on 11 of 54 shots from the field for 20 percent.

“You won’t win many games shooting 20 percent,” Jets’ coach Lee Vincent said. “We rushed our shots. We have to get better on our passes and making our shots. We were out of sync.”

Jaellyn Bal scored 11 points for the Knights, who led 16-8 at halftime after the Jets went scoreless in the second quarter.

Natalie Dombrowski made three 3-pointers en route to a team-high 11 points for the Jets, who had a lot of turnovers in the first half. Chloe Wells chipped in with seven points for North Central, which took a brief 24-22 lead at the end of the third quarter.

“We have to get Natalie the ball more,” Vincent said. “She hit some nice shots.”

The Jets, who won the JV game, host Carney-Nadeau Monday.

Norway 4 12 8 13 — 37

North Central 8 0 14 9 — 31

Norway — Bal 11, H. Clifford 4, Stanchina 5, Fuson 3, Vanholla 4, Faull 6, M. Clifford 4. FT: 8-19; F: 15; Fouled out: Vanholla. 3-point field goals: Bal 2, Stanchina.

North Central — Laurila 3, Dombrowski 11, Smith 5, Linder 5, Wells 7. FT: 3-9; F: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Laurila, Dombrowski 3, Linder, Wells.

Bark River-Harris 65,

North Dickinson 47

FELCH — The second half seems to bring out the best in the Bark River girls’ basketball team.

The Broncos broke open a 31-21 lead in the second half and defeated North Dickinson 65-47 in Skyline Central Conference girls basketball Thursday at Carl F. Lemin Gymnasium.

“For some reason, we are a second-half team,” Broncos’ coach Josh Eagle said. “Applying pressure helped us make some good runs in the second half. They are tough. They have some excellent guards.”

Megan Robinette and Lauryn Bloniarz led the Broncos (11-3) with 15 points apiece, with Grace Peterson and Hailee Demers each adding 11 points.

JuliAnn Wickman’s 15 points led the Nordics (7-8, 3-3), who shot 35 percent from the floor.

The Broncos converted a season-best 15 of 21 free throws while the Nordics made seven of 14.

Bark River-Harris won the junior varsity game 59-17.

The Broncos travel to Stephenson Monday and the Nordics visit Munising on Thursday.

BR-Harris 15 16 15 19 — 65

North Dickinson 13 8 11 15 — 47

Bark River-Harris — J. Lockwood 4, Debelak 6, M. Lockwood 1, Demers 11, LaFave 2, Bloniarz 15, Robinette 15, G. Peterson 11. FT: 15-21; F: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Robinette, Peterson.

North Dickinson — Wickman 15, Smith 7, Steinbrecher 2, Clark 9, Ledzian 6, Mattson 6, Christian 2. FT: 7-15; F: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Wickman, Smith.

Iron Mountain 63,

Manistique 29

MANISTIQUE — Riley Poupore’s 26 points and 16 rebounds powered Iron Mountain past Manistique 63-29 in Mid-Peninsula Conference girls basketball Thursday.

The Mountaineers (2-11, 1-6) rolled to a 36-15 halftime lead.

“We were hungry and wanted a win,” said Coach Katelynn Johnson, whose Mountaineers snapped a five-game losing streak. “We attacked right away and kept pushing.”

Faith Bal had eight points with seven rebounds and Reagan Lundholm also scored eight points. Saylor Swartout tallied seven points and five assists. Jorden Stoner had five rebounds off the bench.

On Tuesday, Manistique travels to Gwinn and the Mountaineers start a string of five straight home games with Westwood.

Iron Mountain won the JV game 41-32.

Iron Mountain 16 20 12 15 — 63

Manistique 6 9 5 9 — 29

Iron Mountain — Poupore 26, Bal 8, Swartout 7, Hoffman 4, Ellis 5, Stoner 2, Lundholm 8, Johnson 3. FT: 9-18. F: 16. 3-point field goals: Poupore 3.

Manistique — Berry 7, Kratz 4, Peterson 2, Schuetter 6, MacPhail 6, McAlpine 2, Lakosky 2. FT: 9-15. F: 14. 3-point field goals: Berry, Kratz, MacPhail 2.