C arney-Nadeau came out and did what Carney-Nadeau does. The Wolves launched 3 after 3 with confidence and little hesitation as is their custom. But high school kids are typically victims of the moment, and this was no different for an ambitious Carney-Nadeau group that dreams of a season opener the day the previous season ends in March. So the Wolves came out a tad too jacked up, and their shooting suffered; they missed 12 of their first 13 3s, with many of those misses going a bit long off the back of the rim.
“We came out very nervous,” Carney-Nadeau junior Brett LaFord said. “The energy just showed up.”
Still, no coach has ever complained about its team having too much energy on the defensive end. And while C-N struggled, its full-court pressure forced 24 turnovers and took advantage of a Rapid River team still in transition after a football state title pushed its season back. Of course, C-N’s shooting averages evened themselves out, and the contest between two defending district champions was a rout, with C-N winning 68-41 Monday in Carney.