Rapid River tops Mid Pen with swarming defense

Girls basketball roundup

RAPID RIVER — Defense ruled at Rapid River Monday night as it earned a 41-33 basketball victory over the Mid Peninsula Wolverines.

The Rockets led 32-27 after the third quarter of the Skyline Central Conference contest.

“We kept the pressure on them all night,” said Rockets’ coach Mitch Hall. “We forced 22 turnovers and were able to get some high percentage shots. We talked about ball control in the fourth quarter. We were able to extend the lead and the clock was on our side. Getting a 10-1 lead in the first quarter was a nice way to send the tone, but Mid Pen is never going to give up. They came back in the second quarter.”

Shelby LaCosse hit 11 points for the Rockets (8-7 overall, 7-7 SCC). Rachel Bintner added 10 points and Kristin Goodacre collected five steals. Kennedy Englund led the Wolverines (7-10 overall, 5-8 league) with 15 points.

Rapid River made 17-of-45 field goals and committed 14 turnovers. Mid Pen was 12-of-39 from the field.

The Rockets, who also won the jayvee game 56-21, host Forest Park tonight. Mid Pen visits Big Bay de Noc Thursday.

Mid Peninsula 1 13 14 6 — 33

Rapid River 10 10 12 9 — 41

Mid Peninsula — Trudell 5, Croasdell 3, Koski 6, K. Englund 15, Rajala 4. FT: 8-12; F: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: K. Englund.

Rapid River — Bintner 10, E. Goodacre 9, K. Goodacre 4, Rubick 4, LaCosse 11, Proehl 1, Schwartz 2. FT: 7-18; F: 13; Fouled out: Rubick.

Carney-Nadeau 62,

Stephenson 40

CARNEY — The Carney-Nadeau Wolves put together four solid quarters in a 62-40 triumph over the Stephenson Eagles.

Carney led 14-5 after the first quarter and 31-20 at halftime of the Skyline Central Conference match-up.

“We came out with intensity and played real good defense,” said Carney coach Travis Depuydt. “We wanted to hold Autumn Rasner in check. She’s averaging close to 18 points a game and Sara Sivula did a great job on her.”

Sivula led all scorers with 17 points. Taylor Linder collected 16 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots and Layla Blahnik-Thoune had 11 points for the Wolves (8-6 overall and league). Emily Johnson paced the Eagles (8-7 overall, 7-4 SCC) with nine points and Rasner was limited to three.

“The balance we had an offense was great,” said Depuydt. “It’s pretty exciting when we can get Sara, Taylor and Layla in double digits. Sara was aggressive tonight. When she does that, it opens things for our post players. This is definitely the most complete game we’ve had this season.”

The Wolves sank 25-of-67 field goals and had just eight turnovers.

Carney, which also won the jayvee game, hosts fourth-ranked Bark River-Harris Thursday. Stephenson travels to Big Bay de Noc Friday.

Stephenson 5 15 6 14 — 40

Carney-Nadeau 14 17 18 13 — 62

Stephenson — Kuehnau 4, Rasner 3, Tharp 7, E. Johnson 9, Thoune 5, M. Johnson 4, Schultz 5, Cappaert 3. FT: 12-23; F: 17; Fouled out: Keuhnau; 3-point field goals: Rasner, E. Johnson.

Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 17, Jackson 5, Blahnik-Thoune 11, Linder 16, Theoret 2, Paupore 4, Bolton 7. FT: 11-21; F: 18; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Jackson.

Bark River-Harris 68,

Norway 28

NORWAY — The fourth-ranked Bark River-Harris Broncos grabbed the lead early and never looked back in a 68-28 rout of Norway.

BR-H led 22-10 after the first quarter and 39-18 at halftime of the Skyline Central Conference outing.

“We applied a lot of pressure and the girls played real unselfish,” said BR-H coach Josh Eagle. “We had balanced scoring which seems to be the case all year. We get more unselfish as we go on, which is how we like to be. In all fairness to Norway, they lost their all-time leading scorer. They still played a tough game. The Faull girl is tough insdie and their guards played well. They have a lot of young players.”

Sierra Debelak led the Broncos (14-3 overall, 13-1 SCC) with 20 points. Meg Robinette hit 19 and Lauryn Bloniarz scored 14. Haley Clifford had eight for Norway (5-13 overall, 4-8 league).

“Sierra had a big game,” said Eagle. “She played fearless and Megan is really a good shooter. Jaelin Lockwood didn’t score tonight, but had a nice floor game. She probably had 9-10 assists.”

The Broncos committed 17 turnovers and Norway had 31.

BR-H, which also won the jayvee contest 37-29, visits Carney-Nadeau Thursday. Norway hosts top-ranked Munising Thursday.

Bark River-Harris 22 17 20 9 — 68

Norway 10 8 6 4 — 28

Bark River-Harris — Peterson 2, Debelak 20, Demers 9, Bloniarz 14, Robinette 19, G. Peterson 4. FT: 10-18; F: 16; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Debelak 4, Robinette 2.

Norway — H. Clifford 8, Fuson 5, M. Clifford 5, VanHolla 4, Faull 6. FT: 5-12; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: H. Clifford.

Iron Mountain 55,

Manistique 22

IRON MOUNTAIN — Monday night quickly turned into a long one for the Manistique girls as they dropped a 55-22 decision to the Iron Mountain Mountaineers.

Manistique trailed 20-2 after the first quarter and 31-7 at halftime of the Mid-Peninsula Conference affair.

“They came out in a 2-3 zone and we planned on them playing that,” said Emeralds’ coach Dave Winkel. “We struggled to move the ball and had a hard time creating opportunities on offense. We also struggled to hit shots we needed to take them out of that zone.”

Riley Poupore scored 22 points for the Mountaineers. Renae Schuetter led the Emeralds with seven.

“She (Poupore) is so aggressive,” said Winkel. “She plays so hard. She forces her way into situations and makes things happen.”

The Mountaineers (4-12 overall, 3-6 M-PC) held a 35-20 rebounding advantage, hit 26-of-57 field goals and committed 14 turnovers. The Emeralds (0-17 overall, 0-11 league) were 10-of-40 from the floor and had 22 miscues.

Iron Mountain, which also won the jayvee game 34-24, hosts Kingsford Friday. The Emeralds visit Gladstone for a make-up game Friday.

Manistique 2 5 4 11 — 22

Iron Mountain 20 11 9 15 — 55

Manistique — Kraatz 3, Baker 2, Schuetter 7, McDaniel 4, Muth 6. FT: 1-3; F: 11; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goal: Kraatz.

Iron Mountain — Bal 5, Lundholm 7, Hoffman 6, Ellis 8, Stoner 3, Derrecks 4, Poupore 22. FT: 0-4; F: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Bal, Lundholm, Stoner.