2017-12-07 / Sports

North Huron defeats Bad Axe, moves to 2-0 on the season

By: Mike Gallagher
Sports Reporter - mgallagher@mihomepaper.com

North Huron guard Paige Woodke works the baseline against Bad Axe on Tuesday night. Woodke led all scorers with 14 points. 
Photo by: Mike Gallagher North Huron guard Paige Woodke works the baseline against Bad Axe on Tuesday night. Woodke led all scorers with 14 points. Photo by: Mike Gallagher KINDE - A big first quarter run and some stifling defense led North Huron to their second win of the season Tuesday night, against Bad Axe, as they defeated the Hatchets 36-19.

“I thought that especially early on we really came out and executed our offense,” said North Huron head coach Chad Knoblock. “We got some easy baskets that really gave us some momentum. Defensively we really just played well. We did a good job closing out and didn’t really give them any good shots.”

The Warriors took the first lead of the game, on a Paige Woodke three-pointer, but with 5:40 left in the first quarter, North Huron trailed 5-3.

With 4:28 remaining in the first quarter, Knoblock called a timeout.

That timeout would set the tone for the game.

“We talked about being patient,” said Knoblock. “We have an offense that we’ve been working on and it really is predicated on setting screens, and basket cuts and being patient, to get us those easy shots. It wasn’t a real fast run that we went on, but it was a good solid run.”

The Warriors went on an 11-0 run to end the quarter, led by 10 points by Woodke.

“They did a much better job running their offense, and being patient,” said Bad Axe head coach Brent Wehner. “We’re not a great shooting team, so I think we need to move the ball around to get the best shot we can get, and I don’t think we did that.”

North Huron went on to outscore Bad Axe, 7-4 in the second quarter, and 10-6 in the third quarter.

Woodke led the Warriors with 14 points.

“She did such a great job creating shots,” said Knoblock. “She did a good job making some good cuts, getting the ball and creating some space and making shots, and that’s what she did, especially in the first half.”

Patricia Pineau added seven for North Huron, and Claire Pineau added five.

Morgan Etzel was the leading scorer for Bad Axe, with five points, and Wehner was impressed with Abby Newland, who had four points.

“I think Abbey Newland played a really good game,” said Wehner. “She’s a junior, it was only her second game on varsity, first game starting, and I thought she did a nice job underneath.”

Bad Axe falls to 0-2 on the season, while North Huron, who has held its first two opponents to less than 20 points, is now 2-0.

“That’s huge,” said Knoblock of his team’s defensive efforts. “That really keeps the girls fired up. When you hold Bad Axe to 19, and Caseville to 17, it makes it a lot easier to, at practice, keep preaching defense.”

North Huron’s next opponent is Peck, and Bad Axe faces Harbor Beach.

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