Norway holds off Kingsford

NORWAY – Norway notched an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter and turned back Kingsford 52-48 in the girls basketball regular season finale for both teams Thursday.

“They played tough, all 12 of them,” Norway Coach Carli Kelly said. “I was really pleased with the effort.”

Freshman Britta Grayvold led the Knights with 14 points. Rachel Conery, one of three Knight seniors playing in their final regular season game, chipped in nine points. Leah Mattson and Melanie Kurth are the other Norway seniors.

“I was real impressed with Norway’s intensity,” Flivver coach Mike Cross said. “Norway’s intensity was real high and gave us fits at times.”

Kingsford’s Amber Larson scored 17 points and Maria Wiltzius had 16.

“We did a good job inside with Amber and Maria,” Cross said.

Norway, trailed by three after the first quarter, rolled 17-7 in the second for a 29-22 halftime lead.

“We were a little out of sync in the second quarter and that killed us,” Cross said.

Norway, up by five heading into the fourth, moved ahead 48-40 with 3:10 left when Conery canned a triple. Norway connected on six three-point field goals to none for Kingsford.

The difference was 51-40 when Kingsford went on an 8-0 run behind Wiltzius and Sammy Lindeman. In the last two minutes, Norway was held to just one point – a Harlie Caster free throw at the 13.2 second mark.

“Norway is a good team and they’ve beaten some good teams,” Cross said.

The Knights (8-12) host the Class C District 95 tournament, meeting Iron Mountain or West Iron County at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. The Flivvers (8-11) and Gladstone clash at 6 p.m. Monday in the Class B District 64 tournament at Kingsford.

Norway’s junior varsity defeated Kingsford in overtime.

Norway 12 17 12 11 – 52

Kingsford 15 7 14 12 – 48

NORWAY: Grayvold 14, Bal 8, Conery 9, Kraemer 7, Devine 2, Zanon 2, Kurth 2, Teafoe 2, Caster 1, DeBernartdi 5. FT: 10-19. F: 12. Fouled out: Kraemer.

KINGSFORD: Larson 17, Wiltzius 16, Lindeman 4, Tresedder 4, Erickson 3, Jennings 2, Qualley 2. FT: 8-10. F: 17.

3-point FG: Conery 3, Bal, DeBernardi, Grayvold.