North Central stuns Broncos

Girls basketball roundup

HARRIS — The North Central girls overcame an early double-digit deficit Monday night as they rallied for a 61-56 overtime basketball victory over third-ranked Bark River-Harris.

BR-H led 19-6 early in the second quarter before the Jets rallied to tie the contest at 25 at halftime.

The Broncos regained the lead in the third stanza and led 41-32 going into the fourth.

North Central then rallied for a 54-51 lead with two minutes left in regulation, but was unable to avoid the overtime.

“We made 3-of-5 free throws in overtime and that kind of helped,” said Jets’ coach Lee Vincent. “They had shots, too. Only, they didn’t make their shots this time. The first time (in a 63-46 loss at home Jan. 29), we couldn’t make our shots. We had a hard time beating their press early. We were rushing things. We went into the locker room (at halftime) with a little momentum, then they went ahead again.”

A steal and a pair of free throws by Delaney Smith enabled the Jets to gain their 5-point cushion in the overtime.

“That was a big play for us,” said Vincent. “We had the momentum in the overtime.

” Our defense kind of held their big girls down. They had two bigger than us, but we doubled up on them. It was a great defensive game.”

Bree Arsenault led the Jets with 15 points. Chloe Wells hit 14 and Andie Arsenault added 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Sierra Debelak and Megan Robinette scored 15 points apiece for the Broncos (15-4).

BR-H, which won the jayvee contest by three points, visits Forest Park Thursday. The Jets resume at Mid Peninsula Thursday, then go to Norway Friday.

North Central 6 19 7 22 7 — 61

BR-Harris 17 8 16 13 2 — 56

North Central — Laurila 4, B. Arsenault 15, Dombrowski 8, Smith 3, Poupore 2, Linder 5, Wells 14, A. Arsenault 10. FT: 6-10; F: 20; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: B. Arsenault 3, Dombrowski, A. Arsenault.

Bark River-Harris — J. Lockwood 8, Debelak 15, M. Lockwood 2, Demers 5, Bloniarz 8, Robinette 15, Peterseon 3. FT: 17-26; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Debelak, Robinette, Peterson.

Carney-Nadeau 55,

Superior Central 32

EBEN — A balanced scoring attack proved helpful to the Carney-Nadeau girls Monday night in a 55-32 basketball triumph over the Superior Central Cougars.

The Wolves led 22-15 at halftime and 40-25 after the third quarter.

“It was a good game,” said Carney coach Travis Depuydt. “We had good balance again. We got off to a sluggish start in the second half, then we started moving the ball a little more on offense.”

Layla Blahnik-Thoune led the Wolves with 17 points, 11 rebounds, two blocked shots, three steals and four assists. Sara Sivula added 14 points and six boards and Sarah Jackson matched a season-high 10 points to go with seven rebounds.

“Layla did a real good job on the post and the girls did a nice job getting the ball to her,” said Depuydt. “Sara (Sivula) was being aggressive and Sarah (Jackson) had a nice game.

The Wolves (11-7) committed 14 turnovers. Tori Tyner paced the Cougars (2-15) with 10 points.

Emma Rondeau had eight.

“Our defense didn’t do that bad, but it was our lack of scoring that hurt us again,” said Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge. “In the third quarter we went to a man-to-man and didn’t do a very good job. Our zone isn’t doing bad. But once you get down by double-digits, you have to do something different. Emma struggled from the line (3-of-10). When Emma caught the ball, they were double and triple-teaming her. She had some pretty good looks, but the ball wasn’t dropping for her tonight.”

Carney, which won the jayvee game 63-39, visits Rapid River Wednesday. The Cougars host Norway Wednesday.

Carney-Nadeau 10 12 18 15 — 55

Superior Central 3 12 12 5 — 32

Carney-Nadeau — Sivula 14, Jackson 10, Blahnik-Thoune 17, Linder 2, Poupore 3, Boulton 9. FT: 13-19; F: 17; Fouled out: None.

Superior Central — Rondeau 8, Tyner 10, Silta 5, Gauther 2, Pasanen 3, Maki 2, Molag 2. FT: 8-19; F: 15; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Silta, Pasanen.

Munising 87,

Big Bay 44

GARDEN CORNERS — Michaela Werner scored 28 points to lead top-ranked Munising to an 87-44 win Monday against host Big Bay de Noc.

The Mustangs, who led 22-10 after one quarter and 51-17 at halftime, relied on their inside game with Kianne Wendt adding 18 points and Kelsea Ackerman 11.

Brooke Dalgord led the Black Bears with 19 points, followed by Madison McPhee with seven points.

Big Bay coach Brad McPhee said the Black Bears made some adjustments at halftime and outscored the Mustangs 17-16 in the third quarter.

“The third quarter they had their starters in and we played with them and outscored them,” McPhee said. “Once we got the girls to settle down, not play their game and to play our game, I was happy with how we did.

“Werner was automatic at the free throw line going 9-for-13. She’s solid and smooth in the lane. Between her and Wendt inside, it’s a tough matchup.”

On Thursday, Big Bay (5-14) will host Manistique and Munising hosts Rapid River.

Munising 87, Big Bay 44

Munising 22 29 16 20 — 87

Big Bay 10 7 17 10 — 44

Munising — Downs 4, Cody 5, Wendt 18, K. Ackerman 11, M. Ackerman 5, Johnson 8, Stampfly 2, Fitzgibbon 6, Werner 28. FT: 18-27; F: 12; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: K. Ackerman, Johnson, Warner.

Big Bay — Yonker 2, McPhee 7, Lawrence 2, Mercier 6, Dalgord 19, Salter 2, Stapleton 6. FT; 5-10; F: 19; Fouled out: none; 3-point field goals: Dalgord.