Norway trips up IM

IRON MOUNTAIN – Norway, jumping out to a 35-20 halftime lead, defeated Iron Mountain 49-37 to snap a four-game girls basketball losing streak Thursday.

“The girls really hustled and more of our shots fell, but we still need to do a better job at rebounding and post work,” Knights coach Carli Kelly said after the Mid-Peninsula Conference contest. “They will keep working.”

Rachel hit four triples and finished with 18 points. Jordan Kraemer tacked on 15.

“Norway came ready to play and our intensity wasn’t where it needed to be (in the first half),” Iron Mountain Coach Ginger Moore said. “We were unable to handle the press and that gave them a lot of easy buckets.”

Mountaineers’ Alyssa Khor knocked down five triples (four second-half) to score a game-high 17 points. Alena Herman had four steals.

“In the second half we played much better,” Moore said. “We played with more intensity and aggressiveness, and responded well.”

Norway relaxed its pressure defense in the second half.

“Conery was on and she wasn’t nearly as consistent the first time,” Moore said of season-opener with Norway. “Kraemer put a dent into things, too.”

The Knights also reduced their turnovers to 11.

“That was nice to see,” Kelly said.

Norway (3-7, 2-4) hosts North Dickinson tonight. Iron Mountain (1-9, 0-6) entertains unbeaten Forest Park Monday.

Iron Mountain’s junior varsity, behind 29 points from Anni Cevigney and Katie Brule, topped Norway 44-35.

Norway 19 16 9 5 – 49

Iron Mountain 11 9 11 6 – 37

NORWAY: Casanova 4, Caster 2, DeBernardi 4, Kraemer 15, Devine 6, Conery 18 . FT: 3-14. F: 19. Fouled out: Zanon.

IRON MOUNTAIN: Khor 17, Gendron 5, Feira 4, McCole 4, Pirkola 7. FT: 8-21. F: 14.

3-point FG: Khor 5, Conery 4. Rebounding: IM 29, Norway 40. FG shooting: IM 12-46, Norway 17-44.