Mainville moves Barnum past Rebels
Preparing for basketball games, Daron Mainville makes sure she listens to music, noting hip-hop pumps her up most.
With a dominant right-handed shot, and even a better drop step toward her left, the 1,000-plus-point Mainville has made herself one of the area’s premier post players in her fifth year of varsity. Admitting she’s 6-foot-1 “without basketball shoes,” Mainville said her shot wasn’t as soft as she wanted Tuesday, but it was effective for all 36 minutes on the Rebels.“That’s where we start,” said second-year Barnum Coach Katie Moench. “We know she outsizes most of her opponents and finishes better than many, I think. She’s a good player.”Playing her favorite sport in Moose Lake through fifth grade before moving five miles north as a sixth-grader, Mainville said the twice-a-year matchup means a lot to all.“They are ones we always have to be ready for,” Mainville said of ML-WR, which previously fell 48-35 at Barnum on Dec. 12 in addition to Tuesday’s single-point defeat.Defeat is something the Bombers (13-6) and Rebels (14-5) haven’t had to endure much of this season, as both teams are now in Section 7AA and viable late-round contenders.Tuesday, Barnum trailed in the early moments, yet held a 32-23 halftime advantage and controlled most of the contest despite Rebel Hayley Johnson’s bank-shot 3-pointer that made the one-point final score in the game’s waning seconds.ML-WR, which trailed by as many as 22 points midway through the second according to Coach Joe Adamczak, had a chance to win when Ava Szczyrbak’s shot missed at the horn.“We came back, we just ran out of time,” said Rebels junior Adri Jusczak, a recent 1,000-point left-hander who had a team-best 17 points, followed by Kayla Radel’s 10 points in the loss.“It’s a hard loss,” said Adamczak, who remained positive afterward. “I’m proud of the girls. They just kept playing and had a chance at the end — we just came up a little short.”Good friends with Adamczak, Moech mentioned neither team needs any firing-up to face each other, particularly if the pair of schools meet in March for an uncommon third time.“It’s hard to beat a team three times in one season,” said an optimistic Jusczak. “Hopefully it’s a different outcome.”That could be a big hope that evening, especially if Mainville has her headphones tuned to her normal hip-hop.“I get pumped,” she said. “I like everything but opera.”
GIRLS AREA ROUNDUP:Carlton (4-14) carded a victory over visiting Lakeview Christian Academy on Tuesday. The 74-61 win was the Bulldogs’ fourth of the winter and it snapped a previous three-game slide.Cloquet (12-7) couldn’t keep up with Tartan Tuesday in Oakdale. The 66-34 loss was the Lumberjacks’ second straight, adding to last Friday’s defeat to Class A’s No. 7 North Woods.Cromwell-Wright (10-7) was upset at Polar League host Cook County 58-56 Tuesday in Grand Marais, as the Cardinals broke previous back-to-back wins in the Vikings’ biggest win yet.Esko (15-4) endured another defeat Monday in Grand Rapids. The 63-54 setback was Esko’s third loss in four tries during a grueling schedule stretch of large-school opponents.Fond du Lac Ojibwe (7-2) obliterated host Learning for Leadership 97-16 last Friday, marking the Ogichidaa’s third win in a row, outscoring opponents by 194 points in that time.South Ridge (11-8) ran into a 61-47 defeat to Northeast Range Tuesday in Culver, as the Panthers’ previous three-game winning spurt — all within the last week — was ended.Wrenshall (1-17) was beaten by visiting Duluth Marshall 56-32 Monday. The one-win Wrens have now lost 12 straight following their lone victory over Lakeview Christian Academy.FDLTCC (5-14) found back-to-back setbacks to Minnesota College Athletic Conference nemesis Vermilion 88-71 last Wednesday in Ely, as well as at Mesabi Range 75-57 Saturday in Virginia. The Thunder women, current four-game losers, play on campus both Friday and Saturday.