Stephenson boys, girls sweep Mid Peninsula

High school basketball roundup

STEPHENSON — The Stephenson boys got hot from outside in the third quarter Wednesday night, handing the Mid Peninsula Wolverines a 65-47 basketball loss.

Stephenson led 27-17 at halftime and 51-29 after the third quarter.

“We came out flat in the second half and they lit it up,” said Mid Pen coach Mark Branstrom. “They have a lot of good young ballplayers. They played and shot real well. They’re a good ball club right now. They’ve improved so much it’s unbelievable.”

The Eagles, who hit 11-of-18 field goals in the third stanza, finished 29-of-62 from the floor. They held a 27-23 rebounding edge and committed 14 turnovers.

Terry Brower scored 22 points and Dylan Trudell had 15 points and six assists for the Wolverines (3-13), who were 17-of-55 from the field and had 17 miscues.

“Terry had a good game, but he wasn’t his normal self,” said Branstrom. “Neither was anybody else. Dylan was guarding one of their better players and had a real nice game. We have kids recovering from the flu and two starters missing, but we still should have played better. We were kind of lackadaiscal.”

Joey Starzynski scored 16 points for the Eagles (5-10), who host second-ranked Rapid River Tuesday.

Mid Pen, which also dropped the jayvee game 56-30, travels to Republic-Michigamme Friday.

Mid Peninsula 8 9 12 18 — 47

Stephenson 12 15 24 14 — 65

Mid Peninsula — Brower 22, Trudell 15, McNally 3, Nummilien 4, Rajala 3. FT: 11-24; F: 9; Fouled out: None; 3-piont field goals: Brower 2.

Stephenson — Starzynski 16, Thoune 8, Brown 8, Streeter 10, Becerra 6, Kuehnau 6, Moker 2, Ticher 2, Kuntze 2, Hanson 5. FT: 0-4; F: 20; Fouled out; None; 3-point field goals: Starzynski 4, Beccerra 2, Hanson.

GIRLS

Stephenson 64,

Mid Peninsula 39

STEPHENSON — The second half was unkind to the Mid Peninsula girls Wednesday night as they dropped a 64-39 basketball decision to the Stephenson Eagles.

Stephenson led 26-24 at halftime and 45-29 after the third quarter.

“We came out flat in the second half,” said Mid Pen coach Bob Reichel. “They shot a little better and we turned the ball over more. It’s hard to compete when they’re getting second and third shots every time down the court. We just fell apart fundamentally. I think our lack of effort was there tonight. Although, we’re dealing with sickness. Maybe that’s the problem.”

Kennedy Englund hit 13 points and Haley Trudell had 10 for the Wolverines, who sank 14-of-49 field goals.

Autumn Rasner paced the Eagles with 14 points. Emily Johnson had 13 and Makayla Johnson added 12. They were 26-of-58 from the floor.

“No. 13 (Emily Johnson) had a nice game for them,” said Reichel. “She shot and handled the ball well.”

Mid Pen (8-11) hosts North Central in its regular-season finale tonight. Stephenson (10-7) visits Carney-Nadeau for its Class D district opener Monday.

Mid Peninsula 11 13 5 10 — 39

Stephenson 12 14 19 19 — 64

Mid Peninsula — Trudell 10, Croasdell 8, Prater 1, Koski 6, K. Englund 13, Lancour 1. FT: 7-11; F: 17; Fouled out: Trudell; 3-point field goals: K. Englund 3, Trudell.

Stephenson — Kuehnau 6, Rasner 14, Tharp 9, Kuntze 4, E. Johnson 13, M. Johnson 12, Cappaert 2, Schultz 4. FT: 8-17; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Rasner 2, Tharp, E. Johnson.

Norway 46,

Superior Central 42

EBEN — Norway switched its defense and took control in the second half en route to a 46-42 girls’ basketball win Wednesday at Superior Central.

The game was tied 22-22 at halftime when the Knights went to a 1-3-1 zone defense.

“In the second half they went to the 1-3-1 and we had trouble putting the ball in the hoop,” Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge said. “For whatever reason, we had a problem finding the open player.”

Teiona Fuson scored 10 points to lead Norway, which trailed 33-32 after three quarters and outscored the Cougars 14-9 in the pivotal fourth quarter. Haley Clifford and Mackenzie Clifford each scored nine points for the Knights.

Emma Rondeau sparked Superior Central with a game-High 15 points and Tori Tyner added 12 points.

Norway won the JV game, but no score was available.

Superior Central (2-17) travels to Stephenson tonight for a makeup game, while Norway will host North Central Friday.

Norway 8 14 10 14 — 46

Superior Central 13 9 11 9 — 42

Norway — Bal 3, Anderson 4, H. Clifford 9, Stanchina 3, Fuson 10, M. Clifford 9, Holla 6, Faull 2. FT: 9-17; F: 14; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Bal.

Superior Central — Rondeau 15, Tyner 12, Pasanen 4, Gauthier 2, Maki 7, Molag 2. FT; 10-16; F: 17; Fouled out: Pasanen; 3-point field goals: none.

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