Hoops wrap: Slow-starting ND bucks trend, tops Forest Park

CRYSTAL FALLS — North Dickinson girls varsity basketball coach Kirk Mattson said his team has been “notorious” for starting games slowly this season.

Well, that changed Thursday night against Skyline Central Conference rival Forest Park when the Nordics charged out to a 17-3 lead and went on to defeat the Lady Trojans 51-33 at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium.

“We were really focused on getting a good start,” Mattson said. “We need to find our energy level from the jumpstart. We came out ready to play, and overall we were locked in.”

Aiden Hord scored six quick points and Chrislyn Inglese hit a 3-pointer and scored five points to lift North Dickinson (11-7) to the 14-point lead. Ashton Hord then scored 10 points in the second frame to go with triples from Vanessa Lindholm and Gabby Schultz as the Nordics went into the locker room with a 39-9 advantage.

“We’re making some of the shots we’ve missed earlier in the year,” Mattson said of his team which has won three in a row. “We’re staring to shoot the ball better, and that’s the name of the game, putting the ball through the hoop.”

On the other hand, the Lady Trojans (2-15) couldn’t sustain the momentum from Tuesday’s victory over Rapid River, recording just 15 points over the first three quarters.

“North Dickinson shot the ball well and they outworked us,” Forest Park coach Kim Bjork said. “Coach Kirk has his team ready for the postseason. It was a rough night for our team. We aren’t at the level that ND is at.”

Mattson, in turn, complimented Bjork as Forest Park recorded 18 points in the final quarter.

“I give credit to Forest Park, they never gave up,” Mattson said. “And that’s a reflection on how Kim is.”

Inglese led North Dickinson with 13 points, while Ashton Hord added 12 and her sister Aiden contributed eight.

Gracie Peterson paced Forest Park with 16 points and sophomore Charlie Larson chipped in with eight.

WIC shows fight against top team

IRON RIVER — Less than a month ago, the West Iron County girls varsity basketball team lost to UPSSA Division 1-3 top-ranked Calumet by 45 points in Calumet.

On Thursday night at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium in Iron River, the Wykons fell 61-36 in the West Pac Conference matchup, cutting 20 points off their margin of defeat.

The Copper Kings (15-2) are known for their relentless fullcourt defensive pressure and the Wykons were the latest victim.

“We struggled against their fullcourt pressure,” West Iron coach Eric Shamion said. “Against a team like Calumet, turnovers lead to points for them. And we had our share of turnovers.

“Our kids played hard, but we need to reduce our mistakes.”

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Danica Shamion led West Iron (6-12) with 10 points, while Sienna Stine added eight, including two 3-pointers.

Calumet’s Marybeth Halonen led all scorers with 23 points.

Boys Basketball

Martin pours in 36 in Badgers’ seventh win

NIAGARA, Wis. — Freshman Tommy Martin exploded for 36 points, including 23 in the second half when Niagara pulled away to defeat visiting Suring 65-49 in a M&O Conference boys varsity basketball game on Thursday night.

The Badgers (7-14) led by just three at halftime, but outscored the Eagles 38-25 to record the double-digit win.

“We played well tonight,” Niagara coach Terry Youren siad. “Defense made a difference and good shot selection made the game easier than the first one.”

Earlier in the season, the Badgers edged the Eagles 56-52 in Suring.

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