North Central too much for SC, Rondeau

Girls basketball roundup

EBEN — The North Central girls had more numbers to work with Tuesday night, helping them post a 55-45 basketball triumph over the Superior Central Cougars.

North Central trailed 15-10 after the first quarter, but led 25-22 at halftime of the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“We brought up three players from the jayvees and now we have 10 on our team,” said Jets’ coach Lee Vincent. “We played pretty good defense, but had a hard time stopping (Emma) Rondeau. I thought we played great team ball and had some nice passing. I think we wore them down in the end.”

Rondeau paced the Cougars with a career-high 27 points.

“Emma played pretty well,” said Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge. “We also started pretty well, but struggled a little bit in the second quarter. We had good looks to start the third quarter. We just weren’t putting them in. It was a three-point game until the last 20 seconds of the third quarter, then they hit a three and a two. We got a little aggressive fouling in the fourth quarter and they were 7-of-9 from the line. They’re a good team, but we had some costly mistakes.”

Natalie Dombrowski, DeLaney Smith and Chloe Wells scored nine points each for the Jets (6-8 overall, 6-7 SCC).

The Jets, who also won the jayvee game 53-39, host Stephenson Thursday. The Cougars (2-13 overall, 1-12 league) visit fourth-ranked Bark River-Harris Thursday.

North Central 10 15 13 17 — 55

Superior Central 15 7 8 15 — 45

North Central — Laurila 4, Plunger 1, B. Arseneault 3, Dombrowski 9, Smith 9, Poupore 5, Pavlat 4, Linder 7, Wells 9, A. Arsenault 4. FT: 15-22; F: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Poupore, Linder.

Superior Central — Rondeau 27, Tyner 5, Silta 6, Pasanen 2, Gauthier 2, Maki 1, Klyk 2. FT: 14-23; F: 18; Fouled out: Silta; 3-point field goal: Tyner.

Gwinn 46,

Manistique 29

GWINN — The Manistique girls were unable to overcome a slow start, dropping a 46-29 decision to the Gwinn Modeltowners.

Manistique trailed 18-5 after the first quarter of the Mid-Peninsula Conference contest.

“We dig ourselves in a hole and scoring has been a constant struggle for us,” said Emeralds’ coach Dave Winkel. “When that happens, it kind of has a domino effect on the rest of the game. This was one of our better games. They pressed us. They come at you for a full 32 minutes. We did everything we could. The effort was definitely there.”

Mallory Delmont led the Modeltowners (8-7 overall, 3-4 M-PC) with 13 points. Brooke Mannor and Trisha McGuire added 10 each. Ranae Schuetter hit 11 for the Emeralds (0-15 overall, 0-8 league).

Gwinn held a 28-26 rebounding edge, hit 19-of-45 field goals and committed 17 turnovers. The Emeralds were 9-of-37 from the field and had 21 miscues.

Manistique’s jayvees fell to the Negaunee freshmen 47-36 in the prelminary game.

The Emeralds host Westwood Friday. The Modeltowners host second-ranked Negaunee Tuesday.

Manistique 5 13 7 4 — 29

Gwinn 18 13 7 8 — 46

Manistique — Berry 7, Kraatz 5, Peterson 2, Schuetter 11, Lakosky 2, Muth 2. FT: 8-15; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Berry, Kraatz, Schuetter.

Gwinn — B. Mannor 10, Mallory Delmont 13, Taylor 4, McGuire 10, Ruokolainen 4, E. Mannor 5. FT: 3-9; F: 17; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Delmont 3, B. Mannor 2.

Rapid River 42,

Engadine 34

ENGADINE — Shelby LaCosse gave the Rapid River girls’ basketball team a big boost with a season-high 16 points and 14 rebounds as the Rockets beat Engadine 42-34.

“I’d say it was her best game all year,” Rockets’ coach Mitch Hall said about LaCosse. “She normally plays herself into foul trouble, but tonight she stayed on the floor and that was good.”

Rapid River trailed 19-13 at halftime and took control in the second half.

Elizabeth Goodacre collected five steals, Kristin Goodacre dished off eight assists and Jaden Schwartz grabbed 12 rebounds for the Rockets, who shot 27 percent from the field with 19 turnovers.

Sophia Vaughn and Mickaela Deace led Engadine with 14 points and 13 points, respectively. The Eagles shot 29 percent from the field and had 25 turnovers.

The Eagles also played without senior leader Aubrey Simmons, who has a shoulder injury.

Rapid River (7-7) hosts MId Pen Monday.

The summary:

Rapid River 6 7 13 16 — 42

Engadine 12 7 9 6 — 34

Rapid River — Bintner 7, E. Goodacre 5, K. Goodacre 6, Rubick 2, LaCosse 16, Schwartz 4, Christianson 2. FT: 12-29; F: 17; Fouled out: E. Goodacre; 3-point field goals: E. Goodacre, K. Goodacre.

Engadine — Deace 13, Vaughn 14, Margherio 3, Buss 4. FT: 4-15; F: 22; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

Big Bay de Noc 56,

Hannahville 11

GARDEN CORNERS — The Big Bay de Noc girls bounced back with a vengeance as they romped past the Hannahville Soaring Eagles 56-11 in a non-conference game.

Big Bay, which dropped an overtime decision at Rapid River Monday, limited Hannahville to five field goals in the Parents’ Night outing Tuesday.

“I was a little worred about how our girls’ psyche would be after last night’s game,” said Big Bay coach Brad McPhee. “I’m sort of happy with the way the girls talked to each other on the floor. It’s real nice that everybody got in the scorebook. I’m happy with the way everybody played. The Beaver twins are tough ballplayers. Cecilia got three fouls in the first half, which kind of hurt them.”

Brooke Dalgord tossed in 25 points and Holli Stapleton added 13 for the Black Bears (5-10), who visit Carney-Nadeau Thursday. The Soaring Eagles (7-5) travel to Mackinac Island for a pair of games this weekend.

Hannahville 4 2 3 2 — 11

Big Bay de Noc 13 13 17 13 — 56

Hannahville — D. Beaver 7, C. Beaver 2, Boychief 2. FT: 1-2; F: 11; Fouled out: None.

Big Bay de Noc — Yonker 3, Halvorson 6, McPhee 2, Lawrence 3, Mercier 2, Dalgord 25, Salter 2, Stapleton 13. FT: 5-11; F: 6; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Dalgord.