Wolves sizzle nets, rout Nordics

Boys district

Avery Bundgaard | Daily Press Carney-Nadeau’s Brett LaFord, left, pulls up for a shot over North Dickinson’s Matthew Bruette.

CARNEY — It didn’t take long for the Carney-Nadeau boys’ basketball team to catch fire from beyond the arc, and when it did, there was no looking back.

The Wolves jumped on North Dickinson early with a barrage of 3-pointers on their way to an easy 80-18 victory Wednesday night in a Class D district semifinal.

The Wolves (14-7) were on fire from the start as they hit seven of their 11 first half threes in the first quarter and connected on 15 for the game.

“Confidence is the key,” said Carney coach Jacob Polfus. “We shot the basketball well. I think our last four days of practices have been our best practices all year long. This team is playing with a lot of confidence like you saw. Energy level is high on defense and offense, so hopefully we can keep that going.”

Matthew Bruette made two free throws in the early stages of the game for North Dickinson (2-19) to make the score 3-2 in favor of Carney. Those were the only points the Nordics would score in the first quarter as they failed to make a field goal in the period missing all five shots.

The Wolves would take advantage as they caught fire making five straight threes and ended up with seven in the quarter as they led 27-2 after one.

“I’m not saying we gave up, but we definitely weren’t playing as hard as we could,” said North Dickinson coach Chris Mattson. “They had a lot of energy tonight and things were rolling for them. I didn’t see a whole lot of that from us early on. They’re a much better team than we are and the better team won tonight.”

Carney picked up where it left off in the second quarter scoring the first nine points. The Nordics improved offensively going 4-of-9 (44 percent) from the field, but the Wolves were even better making four more threes to bring their total to 11 for the half.

Carney was 11-for-20 from the field in the second quarter but it was its defense that was just as impressive as it force 19 turnovers in the first half which helped it establish a 53-13 halftime lead.

“We were communicating, helping and talking on the backside,” said Polfus. “Our guards did a nice job of controlling their guards. I can’t ask for a better effort out of our defense tonight.”

The second half was more of the same as Carney forced 12 more turnovers and outscored the Nordics 27-5 the rest of the way.

The Wolves had four players in double-figures with Brett LaFord leading the way with 15 followed closely by Beau Koffman with 15, Jason Kirschner with 13 and Preston Lauscher with 10.

Bruette was the leading scorer for North Dickinson with 6.

North Central beat Bark River-Harris 78-72 in double overtime in the other Class D district semifinal and will face the Wolves Friday in Carney.

“I’m hoping it gives us a lot of confidence,” said Polfus on his team’s win going into the district final. “We know its going to be a closer game on Friday.”

The summary:

North Dickinson 2 11 3 2 — 18

Carney-Nadeau 27 26 13 14 — 80

North Dickinson — Schultz 2, Nelson 3, Bruette 6, Roell 2, J. Miller 3, Steinbrecher 2; FT: 4-8; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Nelson 1, J. Miller 1.

Carney-Nadeau — Corrigan 3, Kleiman 8, Lauscher 10, LaFord 16, Koffman 15, Kirschner 13, Linder 4, Baumler 9, Flannigan 2; FT: 3-7; F: 10; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Koffman 5, LaFord 4, Baumler 3, Corrigan 1, Kleiman 1, Lauscher 1.