Jets rally past Stephenson

Mid Pen, C-N, BR-H post victories

POWERS — A fourth-quarter rally saved the North Central girls Thursday night in a 57-52 basketball victory over the Stephenson Eagles.

The Jets trailed by 10 points midway through the Skyline Central Conference match-up.

“Delaney Smith stole the ball when we were only up by two points,” said Jets’ coach Lee Vincent. “She really took control. The girls never gave up.”

Stephenson led 10-6 after the first quarter. The contest was tied at 26 at halftime.

“We had a slow first quarter,” said Vincent. “We took care of the ball. Only, we shot the ball too quick.”

Andie Arsenault scored 21 points for the Jets (7-8 overall, 7-7 SCC). Natalie Dombrowski hit 17 and Chloe Wells had 10.

“This was Andie’s second (varsity) game,” said Vincent. “For a freshman to score 21 points, that’s awesome. We have high hopes for her.”

Autumn Rasner paced the Eagles (9-6 overall, 7-4 league) with 17 points. Karlee Kuntze added 12.

“We played pretty good defense,” said Vincent. “Rasner is tough.”

The Jets, who won the jayvee contest by two points, travel to North Dickinson Monday. Stephenson visits Carney-Nadeau Monday.

Stephenson 10 16 14 12 — 52

North Central 6 20 9 22 — 57

Stephenson — Rasner 17, Tharp 8, E. Johnson 5, Thoune 2, M. Johnson 6, Kuntze 12, Schultz 2. FT: 18-31 F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Rasner 2.

North Central — Plunger 2, Dombrowski 17, Pavlat 1, B. Arsenatul 2, Linder 3, Wells 10, A. Arsenault 21. FT: 17-23; F: 22; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: A. Arresnault 4, Dombroski 2.

Carney-Nadeau 41,

Big Bay de Noc 23

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau girls’ basketball team relied on defense Thursday night in a 41-23 win against Big Bay de Noc.

“We were playing really hard on defense the whole game,” C-N coach Travis Depuydt said. “The second half they tried to push up the tempo. We got active and got some steals and baskets in transition. We didn’t shoot well, but when our defense is clicking as well as tonight we feel we can be in any game.”

Depuydt said the game plan was to limit Big Bay’s Holli Stapleton (two points) and Brooke Dalgord (16 points).

Taylor Linder had 13 points and 10 rebounds and Sara Sivula collected 11 points, eight rebounds and five steals to lead the Wolves, who made 18-of-57 shots for 31 percent. Sandra Boulton also had eight rebounds and four steals for C-N (8-6, 3-2).

The Wolves host Stephenson Monday in the Veterans Awareness Game. The team will wear red, white and blue uniforms with names of veterans who have served the country.

Big Bay hosts Mid Pen Thursday.

Big Bay 3 3 11 6 — 23

Carney-Nadeau 5 13 9 14 –41

Big Bay — Yonker 3, McPhee 2, Dalgord 16, Stapleton 2. FT: 2-10; F: 13; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Yonker.

Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 11, Jackson 6, Blahnik-Thoune 6, Linder 13, Boulton 5. FT: 4-13; F: 11; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Sivula.

BR-Harris 65,

Superior Central 41

HARRIS — The fourth-ranked Bark River-Harris Broncos took charge early Thursday night in a 65-41 triumph over the Superior Central Cougars.

BR-H led 23-4 after the first quarter of the Skyline Central Conference outing.

“We full-court press and like to put lot of pressure on the dribblers,” said BR-H coach Josh Eagle. “Only, we missed about 7-8 wide-open layups and they kind of hung around. They’re a tough basketball team. They’re well coached and they never give up. I don’t care what their record shows, I wouldn’t want to have to play them on the opening night of districts. I was impressed with them.”

Sierra Debelak led the Broncos (13-3 overall, 12-1 SCC) with 16 points. Lauryn Bloniarz and Megan Robinette scored 11 apiece. Emma Rondeau hit 16 and Tori Tyner had 10 for the Cougars (2-13 overall, 1-12 league).

“Rondeau was tough inside and outside,” said Eagle. “We have a very unselfish team. Hailee (Demers) has already proven she can score, but she also passes the ball well. Makena (Lockwood) had a big game, too. I’m proud of the girls for being excellent teammates and working hard.”

The Broncos, who also won the jayvee game 62-23, visit Norway Monday. The Cougars are idle until Feb. 16 when they host top-ranked Munising.

Superior Central 4 9 18 10 — 41

BR-Harris 23 13 19 10 — 65

Superior Central — Rondeau 16, Tyner 10, Pasanen 5, Gauthier 8, Maki 1, Klyk 1. FT: 10-16; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Tyner 2, Rondeau.

Bark River-Harris — Peterson 6, Debelak 16, M. Lockwood 8, Demers 9, Bloniarz 11, Robinette 11, G. Peterson 4. FT: 14-18; F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Robinette.

Mid Peninsula 49,

Norway 45

ST. NICHOLAS — Some basketball wins are pretty and others are ugly — like Mid-Peninsula’s 49-45 win against visiting Norway Thursday night.

“It was an ugly win and somehow we pulled it out,” Wolverines’ coach Bobby Reichel said. “The girls worked hard. We couldn’t get a rebound on the defensive end, but somehow we still won. Defensively, we were good, but when they get three shots on each possession eventually you will make one of them and that kept Norway in the game.”

The Vikings, thanks to their offensive rebounding, took 62 shots compared to Mid Pen’s 33 shots.

The Wolverines (7-9), who shot 52 percent from the field, led 26-19 at halftime.

Kennedy Englund scored 13 points and Haley Trudell (12 points) and Cheveney Kosky (nine points) followed with steady games.

Haley Clifford led Norway with 12 points and MaKenzie Clifford added 11 points.

On Monday, Norway, which won the jayvee game 44-15, hosts Bark River-Harris and Mid Pen plays at Rapid River.

Norway 15 4 11 15 — 45

Mid Pen 12 14 12 11 — 49

Norway — H. Clifford 13, M. Clifford 11, Bal 5, Stanchina 5, VanHolla 9, Faull 2. FT: 10-21; F: 19; Fouled out: VanHolla; 3-point field goals: Bal, H. Clifford, Stanchina.

Mid Peninsula — Trudell 12, D. Englund 4, Croasdell 2, Prater 5, Koski 9, K. Englund 13, Rajala 4. FT: 10-19; F: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Trudell 2, Prater, K. Englund 2.