By RON DEUTER
IRON MOUNTAIN - A career-high 27-points by senior Bailey Grayvold fueled Norway in a comfortable 50-29 Mid-Peninsula girls basketball victory over Iron Mountain Tuesday evening in the season opener for both squads.
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Norway’s Bailey Grayvold, followed by Iron Mountain’s Elli McCole, works the ball up the court during Tuesday’s Mid-Peninsula Conference basketball game. Grayvold led all scorers with 27 points. McCole paced Iron Mountain with a double-double of 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Grayvold scored 15 points in a second quarter in which the Knights outscored the Mountaineers 19-1.
"Bailey does what Bailey does," Knights coach Carli Kelly said. "She always works hard. She is so mentally focussed, her game doesn't surprise me at all."
What did surprise Kelly was the overall performance of the rest of her team. Rachel Conery added eight points. Heather Evosevich scored six and pulled down a team-high 10 rebounds.
The Knights defense helped force some 28 Iron Mountain turnovers.
"We have such a different team than last year," Kelly said. "The drive is still there, and they work hard. But I wasn't sure what to expect coming in. They may have surprised me a little bit."
A layup by Conery early in the fourth quarter gave Norway its biggest lead of the game at 44-15.
Elli McCole led the Mountaineers with 15 points and 12 rebounds.
"We missed a lot of easy shots in first half," Iron Mountain coach John Hogberg said. " I don't know if we would have been winning, but we would have been in the game had we made more of those."
Another bright spot for the Mountaineers was the basketball debut of Sarah Girard, who after attempting to land a spot on the Kingsford hockey team, decided to give basketball a try for the first time.
Girard scored four points and grabbed four boards.
"She played very well," Hogberg said. "She's improved so much in the short time she's been with the team."
With one of his top starters out for another month or so and a varsity roster of just seven, Hogberg expects some early season hiccups.
"I knew they 'd be tired," he said. "They played as hard as they could. I am happy with the effort. We were aggressive getting to the basket. I just thought we could have finished better."
Jacey Bal scored 15 points and Ashley Zanon added 14 more in Norway's 44-42 overtime win in the junior varsity contest. Iron Mountain's frosh took a 52-16 decision.
Norway (1-0, 1-0) hosts Kingsford on Monday. Iron Mountain (0-1, 0-1) entertains Houghton Friday night.
Norway 10 19 13 8 - 50
Iron Mountain 6 1 8 14 - 29
NORWAY - Grayvold 27, Conery 8, Evosevich 6, Lebeau 4, Casanova 2, Matonich 2, Kurth 1. FT: 5-13. F: 14.
IRON MOUNTAIN - McCole 15, Girard 4, Gerhard 4, Pirkola 2, Gendron 2, Bujold 2. FT: 11-19. F: 16.
FGs - N: 21-58 (3-pt: 3-16); IM: 9-44 (3-pt: 0-4). 3-pt FGs - N: Grayvold (3). Reb. - N: 39 (Evosevich 10); IM: 36 (McCole 12).