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Carney-Nadeau’s Beau Koffman drives to the basket in the Wolves district semifinal against North Dickinson Wednesday.
EagleHerald/Stephen Oman
Carney-Nadeau’s Beau Koffman drives to the basket in the Wolves district semifinal against North Dickinson Wednesday.
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CARNEY — It became apparent early that there would be no letdown from the Carney-Nadeau boys’ basketball team in an 80-18 district opening win over North Dickinson Wednesday.

The Wolves made seven 3-pointers in the first quarter, six in the first five minutes.

“We had a week off after the Menominee game, and I think in those four or five practices we had our best practices,” Carney-Nadeau coach Jake Polfus said. “They’ve been coming in in the morning and staying late. Just the extra reps they’ve been getting are amazing, and you can see they’re paying off.”

Beau Koffman and Brett LaFord led the way early for the Wolves. Koffman hit three first-quarter 3s, and LaFord scored 16 points in the first half.

“We just wanted to get the dub so we could play on Friday,” LaFord said. “We had a lot of energy coming out, we were anxious for this game. We’ve been waiting all week to get at it.

“We get up every morning and come to the gym. We put in the work.”

Carney-Nadeau scored at will in the early going, and it didn’t give an inch on defense. The Wolves led 27-2 after the first quarter.

That lead swelled to 36-2 midway through the second quarter, and Carney-Nadeau kept the pedal down for a 53-13 halftime lead.

Polfus said everyone on the court was playing aggressively and looking to shoot.

“I think the confidence level is as high as it’s been all year,” Polfus said. “At the point in the season that we were struggling, they weren’t doing that. We were down to two scorers, now everyone is looking to be a scorer and that’s making us that much more dangerous.”

The Nordics didn’t have a field goal in the first quarter and made only six in the game.

“(The defense) has been better because we’re communicating more,” Polfus said. “Our communication was so much better, helping and showing. The energy level has been fantastic. I can’t ask for much more.”

Jason Kirschner scored 13 points for Carney-Nadeau, and Preston Lauscher added 10. They both also grabbed several offensive rebounds.

“(Lauscher and Kirschner) did a terrific job going to the boards hard,” Polfus said. “Even if they don’t get it, they tip it out and know where they’re tipping it.”

The Wolves led 66-16 after the third quarter.

Matthew Bruette led the Nordics with six points.

Carney-Nadeau didn’t know who they would be playing after the game, but they knew it would be a tough matchup.

“This gym’s going to be crazy on Friday night,” Polfus said. 

North Central beat Bark River-Harris in double overtime for the chance to play the Wolves in the district final Friday in Carney.

“We’re ready,” LaFord said. “We’re ready to go.”

NORTH DICKINSON (18) — Schultz 2, Nelson 3, Bruette 6, Roell 2, Miller 3, Steinbrecher 2; FT: 4-8

CARNEY-NADEAU (80) — Corrigan 3, Koffman 15, Lauscher 10, LaFord 16, Kleiman 8, Linder 4, Kirschner 13, Baumler 9, Flanagan 2; FT: 3-7

North Dickinson 2 11 3 2 — 18

Carney-Nadeau 27 26 13 14 — 80