Wolves play big, edge Class B Menominee
CARNEY – When you play basketball for Carney-Nadeau, the numbers on the scoreboard mean more than the enrollment numbers of your opponent.
The No. 2-ranked (UPSSA Class D) Wolves used an attacking offense to edge Menominee 55-54 in the first meeting between the two teams at a packed Carney gym Tuesday night.
While the fans of the teams eagerly awaited the matchup of the Wolves and Class B Maroons, Carney-Nadeau’s Wade Schetter savored the hard-fought win more than the slice of history.
“It’s real sweet,” said Schetter, who claimed game scoring honors with 26 points. “It’s a great way to get ready for the tournament. Them being Class B really doesn’t matter. We play against them all the time in the summer.”
Schetter sliced through the lane to give the Wolves a 52-45 lead with 6:03 remaining, but Maroons lashed back with two 3-pointers from Bryan Hines to chop the margin to 52-51.
After Menominee missed two tries from the paint, Keenan Lampinen hit one of two from the line.
The Wolves two-point lead held up almost three minutes while the Maroons missed seven straight shots.
In a wild possession, Menominee won scrambles for the ball twice but missed three shots, including a pair of threes, while a minute and twelve seconds ran off the clock.
“We ran the same play twice and didn’t execute either time,” said Menominee coach Pete Pericolosi. “In the fourth quarter, we just couldn’t make a shot.”
After the Maroons bobbled an alley-oop pass, the Wolves took over and Lampinen drilled in two free throws with 7.2 seconds left to ice the win. Hines launched in a 3-pointer at the buzzer.
“I can’t think of a better game going into the tournament,” Carney-Nadeau coach Jacob Polfus said. “It was a great atmosphere.”
Schetter popped in two quick 3-pointers to help spike the Wolves to an 18-8 lead with 1:42 left in the first quarter.
Menominee hammered the lane and Travis Champeau drilled in a three to fuel a 15-1 run. Tyler Howell’s basket from the lane gave the Maroons a 20-19 lead with 5:56 left in the half.
After getting picked apart in the opening quarter, Menominee held the Wolves to just 10 points in the second quarter.
“Overall, I thought we played pretty good defense,” said Pericolosi. “We played better than we did (Monday against Escanaba).”
Carney-Nadeau misfired on eight straight 3-pointers before Lampinen drilled in a 3-ball at the buzzer to trim the deficit to 34-28.
Schetter opened the second half with his third triple before the Wolves turned to their dribble-penetration.
Lampinen made three bursts up the lane and Jason DuPont and Schetter buried 3-pointers as the Wolves charged out to a 48-43 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
“When the threes aren’t falling, we have to find a way to score,” said Polfus. “We’ve been working on going to the basket more.”
Lampinen finished with 18 points.
“I think Lampinen was the key to the game,” said Pericolosi. “We knew Schetter would get his points. Lampinen lived in the lane tonight.”
Hines led the Maroons with 20 points and he knocked down four threes as Menominee outscored Carney-Nadeau from the arc, 24-18. The Wolves earned a crucial 9-5 edge at the line.
Jared Rivard 12 points and eight rebounds to lead the Maroons to 32-28 advantage on the glass.
The Maroons sank 39 percent of their shots while the Wolves connected on 20 of 50 shots.
Dionte Blahnik had nine rebounds. Schetter, who has more twists and turns than Gumby, dished off five assists.
The Maroons (8-11) play at Stephenson Thursday while the Wolves (16-3) play at Rapid River.