Wolverines overcome Simmons, Trojans

CRYSTAL FALLS — Mercedes Simmons had a big night here Tuesday, but the Mid Peninsula girls overcame that in a 45-34 basketball triumph over the Forest Park Trojans.

Simmons scored 30 points in this Skyline Central Conference match-up.

“She definitely worked on all parts of her game,” said Mid Pen coach Phil Croasdell. “Their game plan was to get the ball inside to Mercedes and we tried to double-team her. Most of the time we kept her off the boards. She has a nice jump shot from about 15-18 feet. She’s definitely a good player.”

Mid Pen led 11-8 after the first quarter and 19-16 at halftime.

“Mercedes got the first eight points of the second half,” said Croasdell. “We scored 6-8 points quick in the first quarter, then it was hang on until the end.”

Daisy Englund led the Wolverines with 13 points. Kennedy Englund, who sank four 3-point shots, added 12 points, eight rebounds and six assists. Chevy Koski had 10 points.

“Daisy got some good shots,” said Croasdell. “Simmons was guarding Kennedy, which made it tough on her. Our offense sputtered at times and we got hot a few times.

“Both sides played pretty clean ball. The girls did a great job.”

Mid Pen (6-2 overall, 3-2 SC) held a 33-28 rebounding advantage, hit 16-of-46 field goals and committed eight turnovers. The Trojans (3-5, 2-4) sank 17-of-54 shots.

The Wolverines, who also won the jayvee game 31-23, host fifth-ranked North Dickinson Friday. Forest Park visits Stephenson Friday.

Mid Peninsula 11 8 14 12 — 45

Forest Park 8 8 12 6 — 34

Mid Peninsula — Croasdell 2, D. Englund 13, L. Koski 6, C. Koski 10, K. Englund 12, Lancour 2. FT: 5-8; F: 6; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: K. Englund 4, D. Englund 2, C. Koski 2.

Forest Park — LaChapelle 2, Simmons 30, Peterson 2. FT: 0-2; F: 14; Fouled out: None.