Charlier, Wolves shock Broncos

CARNEY – The Bark River-Harris Broncos had a nice seven-point lead at halftime Friday night against the Carney-Nadeau Wolves. But a career-high 31-point performance from Casey Charlier led the Wolves second-half charge, and they came away with a 65-61 dual Skyline/Central U.P. conference victory.

“(Bark River) got off to a quick lead, but we stayed with them,” said Wolves coach Duane Bingham. “In the second half, we came out with a lot of energy, and I think that’s what turned the tables. By the fourth quarter, we were still running and they were a little out of gas.”

Charlier, who was 13-of-16 from the field, put up one of the best perfomances of her playing career.

“She had a great game,” Bingham said. “She took the ball at them all night long, and had some nice moves to penetrate the paint. She was a leader on the floor tonight. She played great defense, and stepped up when we needed her to.

He added that it was a big win for their team both for building some confidence and to get a conference win. Not to mention, the last time they beat the Broncos was Feb. 18, 2010.

“Anytime you can beat them, you’ve got to play your best to do it,” he said. “They played a great game, we just happened to hit a few more baskets.”

One of the Broncos’ key players, Kylie VanBrocklin, went down with a knee injury late in the fourth quarter.

“We couldn’t put them away,” said BR-H coach Joel Schultz. “They played hard and shot well. They were in better shape than us, and had better energy. We didn’t execute well at all on defense, and every weakness we had was exploited tonight.”

In regards to Charlier, Schultz said she is a very fast player, and is a nice asset to the Wolves team.

“Not too many people are going to be able to defend her one-on-one,” he said.

The Broncos (6-2. 3-2 Skyline 3-1 CUP) resume Tuesday at Munising, while Carney (4-4, 2-2, 3-2) heads to Rapid River on Jan. 15.

BR-H won the jayvee game, but scores were not available.