Broncos fight off Wolverines’ rally

HARRIS – The fifth-ranked Bark RIver-Harris girls overcame a late challenge from Mid Peninsula Thursday night, posting a 73-64 basketball triumph.

BR-H led 55-36 after the third quarter, but was outscored 28-18 in the fourth stanza of the dual Central U.P./Skyline Conference contest.

“After the third quarter we told the girls to just play to the best of their ability,” said Mid Pen coach Ryan Lyle. “Overall, I thought our girls played well.”

The Broncos led 24-22 after the first stanza and 36-25 at halftime.

“After the first quarter, I felt if we kept up our tempo, we’d be okay,” said BR-H coach Joel Schultz. “Fortunately, we were able to keep it. We changed defenses a little in the second quarter, and that helped us get some separation.”

Sarah Madalinski led the Broncos (10-3 overall, 6-1 CUP, 5-3 Skyline) with 25 points and 10 rebounds. Katie Schultz added 11 points and 10 boards and Jordyn Hardy had 10 points. Schultz also had four assists and four steals.

Megan Kayser hit a career-high 21 points for Mid Pen (4-8 overall, 3-6 CUP, 2-6 Skyline). Kelsey Shope added a season-best 16 and Hunter Branstrom had 13.

“The second quarter is what really hurt us,” said Lyle. “We got into foul trouble and started pressing on offense. Bark River-Harris did what they wanted to do in the first quarter. I thought they played quite well.”

The Broncos held a 33-27 rebounding advantage, hit 31-of-78 field goals and committed 18 turnovers. The Wolverines had 24 miscues and was 23-of-47 from the floor.

“It seemed like we expended more energy getting their 24 turnovers than we did committing our 18,” said coach Schultz. “Mid Pen can be a dangerous team. It’s going to be an interesting (Class D) district.”

BR-H, which also won the jayvee game 45-28, hosts fourth-ranked North Central Monday. Mid Pen hosts Stephenson Monday.