Flivvers hold off Nordics in girls opener

(Terry Raiche photo) North Dickinson varsity cager Micah Lindholm (24) goes up for a jumper guarded by Kingsford’s Bryonna Sanders (15) during Tuesday’s basketball matchup in Felch Township.

FELCH TOWNSHIP — Kingsford girls varsity basketball coach Jon Lorenzoni said there was plenty of first-game rust in his team, but the Flivvers fought off a spirited effort by host North Dickinson to post a 48-37 non-conference victory on Tuesday.

“The game kind of ebbed and flowed,” Lorenzoni said. “It wasn’t always pretty but it’s a nice win to start the season.”

Senior Erika Malone led a balanced Kingsford attack with 14 points. Junior Alaina Kowalski and sophomore Anna Bortolini chipped in with 12 points each.

The Nordics (0-2) were led by their two senior posts. Aiden Hord recorded a double-double with 12 points and 10 rebounds and Micah Lindholm accounted for 11 points and nine rebounds.

“In the past few years, we’ve been pretty good at guard, but this year we’ve got size in the middle,” said ND coach Kirk Mattson, who noted his team’s improvement over its opening-night 65-30 loss to Florence. “So, we’ve kind of had to do a 180 (degree turn) and change the script, so that will take a little time to jell.”

(Terry Raiche photo) Kingsford’s Anna Bortolini (23) slips by North Dickinson defender Gabby Schultz (25) for a layup Tuesday night.



IRON RIVER — Despite trailing for most of the game against Hancock on Tuesday night, the West Iron County Wykons fought back to tie in both the third and fourth quarters before eventually falling to the Bulldogs 41-35 in a season-opening West Pac Conference girls basketball game at Charles Greenlund Gymnasium.

“I got great effort from the girls,” WIC coach Eric Shamion said. “We tied the game a few times … but Hancock answered every time. Overall, we have some things to build on. I’m proud of the way we played.”

Senior guard Kali Harty led the Wykons with 13 points and junior guard Danica Shamion added 10. Bella Hebert topped Hancock with 11 points.



CRYSTAL FALLS — Forest Park built a 31-9 lead at halftime and cruised to an opening-night 54-24 victory over North Central in a Skyline Central Conference on Tuesday at Eddie Chambers gymnasium.

“We are young, and we see a lot of potential with this group,” FP coach Kim Bjork said. “It should be a fun season for us.”

Freshmen Jessie Loehr posted a double-double in her first game, finishing with 12 points and 14 rebounds. Freshman guard Elsie Williams led the Lady Trojans in scoring with 16 points and added four assists and three steals, while classmate Ava Fischer scored 12 points off the bench.

Zoe LaBonte paced North Central with 10 points.



ONEIDA, Wis. — The Niagara Badgers brought home a 59-52 win from host Oneida Nation on Tuesday.

The visiting Badgers (2-1) held a narrow 34-31 advantage at the half and then held off the Thunderhawks (1-2) by outscoring them in the second half 25-21.

Morgan Borchardt paced Niagara with 23 points, with Mallory Sanicki chipping in 15 points and Abby Wells adding 12 points.


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