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Barnum 70 Cromwell-Wright 26 The defending state champion Bombers used their quick-fired offense and suffocating defense to bury host Cromwell-Wright 70-26 in the season opener for both Polar League teams Tuesday night. The opening half dozen min...

Barnum 70

Cromwell-Wright 26

The defending state champion Bombers used their quick-fired offense and suffocating defense to bury host Cromwell-Wright 70-26 in the season opener for both Polar League teams Tuesday night.

The opening half dozen minutes were key for Barnum.

"For the first five, six minutes, we really came out and played good basketball," said Bombers coach Randy Myhre. "We played hard and started well. I was pleased."

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Barnum (1-0) led 42-12 at the break, and the game was never in question.

"They're the complete package," first-year Cromwell-Wright coach Terry Sawdey said of the Bombers. "That's one of the toughest defenses I've seen in a long time. And they had depth, too."

Barnum was paced by junior Katie Myhre's game-high 23 points, including five long-balls, while freshman Daron Mainville added 20. Senior - and UMD recruit - Jessica Newman chipped in 18 in the rout. Though a win, things weren't all sugar-coated for Myhre.

"We played well early on, but then we had a letdown," he said. "You don't just make good basketball plays like we did and then disappear. We kept breaking down and weren't sharp. We got sloppy."

Sawdey knows his Cardinals (0-1) have some things to work on too.

"Our offense just has to get going," said Sawdey, noting that junior MaKayleigh and sophomore Kayle Johnson had 12 and 8 points, respectively. "And we have to do the small things, too. We have to box out, make free throws and rebound the ball."

The Cardinals will next welcome Northland Thursday, while they'll host conference foe Silver Bay Dec. 10.

Meanwhile, the Bombers will travel to Onamia Friday, host Carlton next Monday and welcome state-ranked Fulda Dec. 10.

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"That'll be a showcase game," said Myhre of the match-up with always-tough Fulda. "They're a perennially state-ranked team. It'll definitely be a good test for us. We're looking forward to it."

Carlton 34

Duluth Marshal 22

The Bulldogs used their speed to jump to an early lead en route to a low-scoring road victory over non-conference foe Duluth Marshall 34-22 Tuesday.

"We kind of had a slow start, but then we got things together," said second-year coach Lisa Johnson. "We were able to get out on the break and run a bit."

The Bulldogs (1-0) jumped to a 20-8 halftime lead and never looked back.

Junior Lindsey Dahl-Holm scored a team-leading 12 points against the Hilltoppers, while sophomore Clarissa Nelson added 10, and Carlton's defense held Duluth Marshall's offense in check. No 'Topper scored more than seven points Tuesday.

Carlton will now travel to Chisholm Thursday and then bus to heavy-favorite Barnum next Monday. Johnson knows that it's still early, and her young girls - with just one senior - need to improve in areas.

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"We have to be a little more patient on offense, and just take care of the ball."

Moose Lake-Willow River 55

Mesabi East 36

Andrew Miller put things simply when he explained his Moose Lake-Willow River girls basketball team's season-opening victory over Mesabi East. "It was ugly," he said laughing, "but it was a win."

The Rebels started slowly, but used their deep bench and timely scoring to wear down the visiting Giants 55-36 Tuesday at Moose Lake High School.

"It was a good game for us," continued Miller after his opening comment. "Our offense was tough and our defense did well. We're playing a lot of sophomores, freshmen and eighth-graders, and it was nice to get their feet wet. We played well."

ML-WR (1-0) led 24-16 at half, yet pulled away in the second frame for the non-conference victory.

Senior Maddy Adamczak led all scorers with 19 points, while juniors Olivia Bennett and Sam Johnson added 10 each.

Megan Highland paced Mesabi East with 11 points.

Miller mentioned that Adamczak will be the focus of many defenses this winter, and was impressed with the way his younger players took some pressure off her Tuesday in the opener.

"She'll be near the top in scoring in probably every game for us this year," said Miller of Adamczak, "so other girls will have step up. We got that tonight. And that was nice for us."

The Rebels will host Proctor Thursday and travel to Aitkin next Tuesday, before welcoming Wrenshall to town Dec. 9 in their first Polar League clash of the winter.

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