North Central uses big 2nd half to top Wolves

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POWERS — North Central switched its defense, hit some shots and rolled in the second half in a 55-41 win Monday against visiting rival Carney-Nadeau.

“We changed our defense and got some turnovers on them,” Jets’ coach Lee Vincent said. “We hit four 3-pointers in the third quarter. We got it together and made a run. It was nice.”

North Central applied a zone press in the third quarter, while playing man-to-man defense the entire game.

The game was tied at 11-11 after one quarter and C-N took a 24-19 lead into halftime. North Central outscored the Wolves 23-12 in the third quarter and 13-5 in the fourth.

The Jets placed four players in double figures — Chloe Wells (13 points), Jadie Linder (11 points), Natalie Dombrowski (10 points, 10 rebounds, eight steals) and Bree Arsenault (10 points).

North Central made 20-of-51 shots for 39 percent and had 18 steals.

Taylor Linder scored 12 points and Layla Blahnik-Thuene added 11 points for the Wolves.

“We played pretty well in the first half,” Wolves’ coach Travis Depuydt said.

“We came out flat in the third quarter and they hit some shots. Unfortunately, we went cold when they went hot. It’s not a recipe for success.”

Carney was 16-of-45 from the field for 35 percent.

Sara Sivula collected 10 rebounds and six steal and Linder grabbed 10 rebounds for the Wolves (7-6, 2-2), who won the JV game.

North Central (4-8) travels to Superior Central today and the Wolves host Big Bay Thursday.

Carney-Nadeau 11 13 12 5 — 41

North Central 11 8 23 13 — 55

Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 9, Jackson 2, Blahnik-Thuene 11, Linder 12, Bedgood 1, Theoret 2, Poupore 2, Boulton 2. FT: 9-17; F: 19; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: none.

North Central — Laurila 5, Plunger 2, B. Arsenault 10, Dombrowski 10, Smith 4, Linder 11, Wells 13. FT: 10-20; F: 16; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Arsenault 2, Linder 2, Wells.

Bark River-Harris 73,

Stephenson 55

STEPHENSON — Hailee Demers scored a career-high 27 points and Bark River-Harris broke open a 33-33 tie at halftime with a 23-0 run in the third quarter en route to a 73-55 victory at Stephenson.

The Broncos turned up the defensive pressure in the second half, creating a lot of steals and turnovers.

“Eventually, we wore them down with our press,” said Broncos’ coach Josh Eagle, whose team outscored Stephenson 26-3 in the third quarter. ” I think they were uncomfortable with that pace. Hailee Demers was the beneficiary of a lot of steals and turnovers. Everybody was passing the ball well.”

Lauryn Bloniarz contributed 10 points and Grace Peterson added nine points for the Broncos.

Autumn Rasner hit four 3-pointers en route to 16 points, with Karlee Kuntze scoring 16 points and Makayla Johnson adding 11 points for the Eagles.

BR-H, which won the JV game 47-29, hosts Superior Central Thursday.

BR-Harris 23 10 26 14 — 73

Stephenson 16 17 3 19 — 55

BR-Harris — J. Lockwood 5, Debelak 4, Demers 27, LaFave 8, Stenberg 2, Robinette 8, G. Peterson 9, Bloniarz 10. FT: 10-15; F: 17; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Debelak, LaFave 2, G. Peterson 2.

Stephenson — Rasner 16, Tharp 5, E. Johnson 7, M. Johnson 11, Kuntze 16. FT: 9-17; F: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Rasner 4, Tharp, E. Johnson.

Mid Peninsula 56,

Superior Central 44

ST. NICHOLAS — The Mid Peninsula girls wasted little time gaining the upper hand in a 56-44 basketball victory over the Superior Central Cougars.

Mid Pen led 22-12 after the first quarter of the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“The big thing is we had a great effort from the girls,” said Mid Pen coach Bob Reichel. “This is the most complete game we’ve had this year from top to bottom. We had a very good first quarter. We needed this. This is kind of a confidence boost.”

Haley Trudell, who sank five 3-point shots, led the Wolverines (6-9 overall, 4-7 SCC) with 19 points. Englund added 17.

“Kennedy set the tone early,” said Reichel. “She probably had the best game of her career. “Karley Prater came in early and scored six points, which I think carried a lot of momentum. Defensively, she was constantly around the ball. Camryn Croasdell also played a phenomenal game defensively. She was also driving to the hole and making some good decisions.”

Emma Rondeau scored 14 points and Taylor Silta had 10 for the Cougars (2-12 overall, 1-11 league), who hit 17-of-41 field goals and committed 15 turnovers.

Mid Pen was 19-of-53 from the floor and had 11 miscues.

The Wolverines, who also won the jayvee game, host Norway Thursday. The Cougars visit fourth-ranked Bark River-Harris Thursday.

Superior Central 12 9 10 13 — 44

Mid Peninsula 22 11 12 11 — 56

Superior Central — Rondeau 14, Tyner 9, Silta 10, Pasanen 7, Gauthier 2, Maki 2. FT: 5-6; F: 16; Fouled out: Tyner, Pasanen; 3-point field goals: Silta 2, Rondeau, Tyner, Pasanen.

Mid Peninsula — Trudell 19, D. Englund 3, Croasdell 9, Prater 6, Koski 2, K. Englund 17. FT: 13-22; F: 8; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Trudell 5.

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