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Jets surge past Rockets, 60-38

Justin St. Ours/Escanaba Daily Press Photo North Central’s Chloe Webber attempts a layup against Rapid River’s Shania Poore Thursday at Rapid River.

RAPID RIVER — In a battle of 1-0 squads, North Central moved to 2-0 by speeding past Rapid River 60-38 in a Skyline Central Conference contest.

After a relatively even first quarter that ended 10-7 in the Jets’ favor, an explosive second gave them a large cushion.

“It took a little while because we rushed some stuff at the beginning,” Jets’ coach Lee Vincent said. “We should have made a few more layups and stuff like that. We pulled it together.”

A jumper from Andie Arsenault just 40 seconds into the second started an 18-5 North Central scoring run that lasted until there was just 1:50 left in the half. Rapid River’s Cecilia Pilon scored four points in the last minute and a half, including a shot after a breakaway steal.

The Jets (2-0, 2-0 SCC) led 32-17 at halftime.

“(North Central) played pretty intense,” Rockets’ coach Scott Goodacre said. “They’re fast, and they’re very good at handling the ball.

“I was really happy with my bench when they went in. I took all my starters out after about six minutes and gave them three off. I was very, very happy with their performance.”

It was more of the same in the third as North Central racked up a 9-2 run, including seven from Arsenault in the first 3 1/2 minutes.

Trailing 41-19, Rapid River’s Natalie Belanger hit a jumper from the post. The Rockets then took advantage of the free throw line over the next two minutes, going 4 for 6 to reduce their deficit to 41-25.

The Jets picked back up with Bree Arsenault sinking a 3 and a free throw, followed by a layup from Ava Eichhorn that made it 47-25 as the quarter ended.

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