Evergreen boys drop two games; Solon boys win in OT
The Northwood boys basketball team has shown it possesses the skill to win games; now it just need consistency.
In both of the Evergreens’ losses last week, to Siren and Cameron, the game hinged on one quarter.
“We always have one off quarter it seems lately; it’s the first or the third,” said Evergreens coach Charlie Vig.
Against Siren on Jan. 18, Northwood opened the game with just four points in the first quarter. The Evergreens rallied and outscored Siren in the second half but couldn’t overcome their slow start as they fell 58-45.
Keanan Franco and Brian Albano led the Evergreens with 11 points each, Nick Murray added 10, Gage Harwick had seven and Brad Ross had six.
On Jan 21., the Northwood boys faced Cameron. Northwood trailed by just nine points at the half, but Cameron put together a 30-point effort in the third quarter to pull away for the 80-45 win.
“Turnovers were a big deal,” Vig said. “We turned the ball over probably 10 times in the quarter.”
Vig said nearly all of Northwood’s turnovers led to easy layups for Cameron.
Murray scored 12 points to lead the Evergreens, while Albano and Harwick added nine points apiece.
Today, the Evergreens host the Clayton Bears, undefeated in the Central Lakeland Conference and with just one loss overall. Northwood will be hard pressed to hand Clayton its first defeat, but if the Evergreens can make it to the free-throw line, Vig feels they have a chance.
“On most of our losses, we didn’t get to the free-throw line very often,” Vig said. “When we get to the free-throw line, that helps us out immensely.”
The Northwood girls remained undefeated in the Central Lakeland Conference Tuesday with a 49-24 victory over Clayton.
Deanna Scheller scored 13 points to lead the Evergreens, going 5-for-6 at the free throw line, and Teagen Harings also finished in double figures with 10 points. Annie Block added nine for Northwood, Ashley Block had eight, Erica Goettl had five and Morgan Block had four.
The Northwood girls hosted Drummond in a non-conference game Thursday.
The Solon Springs boys basketball team pulled off an exciting win Tuesday night at home, defeating Bayfield 91-81 in overtime.
The Eagle boys outscored Bayfield 18-8 after regulation, making 11-of-14 free throws in the overtime period.
Phil Larson and Cody Utyro scored nine points apiece in the first quarter to get Solon Springs off to a fast start, up 21-9 after the first period. The Eagles maintained their lead until the fourth quarter when Alex Dietrich scored 17 points to lead Bayfield’s comeback and tie the game at 73-73.
In overtime, Solon Springs took advantage of Bayfield’s foul trouble and scored all but seven of its points at the free-throw line. For the game, the Eagles were 23-for-38 from the line.
Larson scored 32 points to lead Solon Springs, while Dietrich had 41 to make up more than half of Bayfield’s scoring.
The Eagle girls lost a close match in their game with Bayfield Tuesday, 42-35.
Solon Springs led by one after the first quarter, but Bayfield outscored the Eagles 23-13 over the next two periods.
Eight Solon Springs players made it into the scoring column, with Shayla Bornholdt’s eight points leading the way. Brittney Armstrong and Valerie Garay added six points apiece.
Bayfield 17 13 14 29 8 — 81
Solon Springs 21 14 14 24 18 — 91
Bayfield — Alex Dietrich 41, Faron Beaulieu 23, Don Gordon 12, J. Gordon 5.
3-point goals — Beaulieu 4, D. Gordon 2, J. Gordon.
Solon Springs — Phil Larson 32, Cody Utyro 18, Cole Klinzing 15, Kyle Vandenberghe 14, Jake Dahlberg 10, Danny Kallberg 2.
3-point goals — Klinzing 3, Larson 2.
Bayfield 9 13 10 10 — 42
Solon Springs 10 7 6 12 — 35
Bayfield — Victoria Gokee-Rindal 15, Shania Leask 14, [Darian] D. LaPointe 7, Allissa LeGrew 3, S. Soulier [Mercedes Soulier] 2, Kennedy DeFoe 1.
3-point goals — None.
Solon Springs — Shayla Bornholdt 8, Brittney Armstrong 6, Valerie Garay 6, Tylor Kruse 4, Autumn Blaylock 4, Jasmine Johnson 3, Caitlyn Coleman 2, Rachel Grubbe 2.
3-point goals — None.