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Norway bows to Bark River-Harris

Matt McCarthy/The Daily News NORWAY JUNIOR MACKENZIE Clifford (24) dribbles across half court as Bark River- Harris sophomore Aspen Fredrick (5) guards Monday night in Skyline Central Conference action.

NORWAY — A fast-paced transition game and fluent ball movement usually go together well. Bark River-Harris had that combination going for them on Monday night, as they rolled past Norway 63-24 in girls basketball action.

The Broncos had three players in double figures led by Cara Zawacki with 14 points. Sierra Debelak chipped in 13 points, while Grace Peterson netted 12.

Less than three minutes into the game, Bark River built a 10-0 lead, before Kassie Gyselinck got the Lady Knights on the scoreboard with two successful free throws.

Throughout the game, the Broncos all saw the floor well, constantly looking for the best open look in both transitions and in half-court offensive sets. Something they’re accustomed to, noted head coach Matt Richer.

“We want to play fast paced, get early shots with good looks at the basket,” Richer said. “The best way to beat zone defense is to get down the floor and get to the basket before the opposition can set it up.” The Knights were in a zone defense to begin the game.

“I tell the girls, you may have a good shot, we want to get the ball to whoever is going to have a great shot in half court offense,” said Richer. “See the floor, see your teammates, make good passes. That’s how our offense flows best.”

The Knights (1-17) dressed only seven players on the evening. Sophomore Kali Stanchina missed the game due to being in concussion protocol, though she is expected to be back in uniform next week.

“Tonight was frustrating for us, because we came off of two great performances in a row,” said Norway head coach Joe Tinti. “Plus, I don’t know what kind of curse looms over us, but teams seem to shoot the lights out against us. No matter who was in the game for them, they seemed to all be making shots.”

The Knights’ next game is Feb. 25, as they remain home to host Superior Central. It will be the first time Superior Central plays at Norway in girls basketball, according to Tinti. He also noted that the Knights hope to finish out strong prior to season’s end.

The Broncos (10-7) travel to Carney-Nadeau Thursday night for another SCC tilt.

In the JV game, Norway defeated the Broncos 52-40 to remain undefeated in conference play. Donna Van Holla and Andi Carlson each scored 13 points for the Knights, while Alaska Peterson led all scorers with 23 points for Bark River-Harris.

Bark River 14 13 27 9 — 63

Norway 7 8 6 3 — 24

BARK RIVER-HARRIS: Debelak 13, Frederick 7, Lockwood 3, Zawacki 14, Arndt 3, Richer 3, Cappaert 3, Peterson 12, Berg 3, Roll 2. FT: 5-13. F: 13. 3-point FG: Zawacki (3), Berg, Debelak, Frederick, Lockwood, Arndt. Fouled Out: None.

NORWAY: Anderson 5, Chellew 1, Clifford 4, Gyselinck 14. FT: 8-12. F: 15. 3-point FG: None. Fouled Out: None.

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