Prep basketball roundup: Negaunee boys take advantage of hot start; Superior Central girls rout Rapid River
EBEN – Negaunee senior guard Eric Lori knocked down four first-quarter 3-pointers as the Miners’ boys basketball team jumped on host Superior Central early in a 72-39 victory in Eben.
Negaunee led 26-7 after the first quarter and 44-17 at halftime over the Cougars.
Lori, who scored15 first-quarter points, led the Miners with 19 total points while senior guard Tyler Jandron had 16 points and junior Robert Loy had 10.
For the Cougars, junior Jake Aho led with 13 points and sophomore Greg Seppenen added nine.
“Negaunee is unselfish, skilled, physical and coached well,” SC coach Herb Jenkins said. “It’s going to be tough to beat them if they stay healthy. Tyler Jandron did a good job controlling the game and everyone on Negaunee’s roster scored.”
Norway 42, Manistique 32
At Norway night, the host Knights built a 13-point lead in the first half and held off Manistique M-PC play.
The Knights opened a 26-13 halftime lead. The Emeralds (0-2) claimed a 19-16 advantage in the second half.
Nick Bal’s 19 points, with five triples, paced the Knights. Tyler Kangas’ 11 points topped the Emeralds.
Norway defeated Manistique in the junior varsity game, 34-32
Mid Peninsula 53,
At Republic Friday night, the Republic-Michigamme High School girls basketball team couldn’t contain Hunter Branstrom and wound up losing a 53-17 non-conference decision to Mid Peninsula.
Branstrom popped in 21 points to pace the Wolverines (3-1).
Julianne Jarvi led the Hawks (0-4) with seven points.
Mid Pen outscored R-M 22-10 in the first quarter and led at the half 30-13.
Superior Central 61, Rapid River 22
At Rapid River, the Cougars jumped to a big lead early in coasting to victory.
Superior Central led 29-6 after the first quarter and 44-9 at halftime of the Central U.P. Conference outing.
“The first quarter went pretty well,” said Cougars’ coach Greg Trowbridge. “In the second quarter, we subbed in and the kids held their own.
“We seemed to come out a little flat in the third quarter. It was a running clock with about five minutes to go in the quarter, and I sat Teslyn Tyner, Brooke Pasanen and Vanessa Freberg.”
Pasanen and Molly Swajanen paced the Cougars (4-0 overall, 3-0 CUP) with 14 points each. Tyner added 12 points and Freberg had 11 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Hannah Kunyah scored eight points for the Rockets (0-4 overall, 0-3 league).
The Cougars also won the JV game, 36-22.
Newberry 55, Rudyard 34
NEWBERRY – Bridget Stoetzer scored a team-high 15 points to lead the Indians over the Bulldogs.
Stoetzer’s fellow point guard, Taylor Bryant had 13 points for Newberry, which led 18-10 after the first quarter.
“The ley to our success was pressuring the perimeter,” Newberry coach Hondo Depew said. “Our team defense was pretty solid now for the second game in a row.”