Carlton senior Kaylee Asleson scored 17 first half points as the Bulldogs picked up a 55-27 home win over Silver Bay on Thursday, Dec. 12.

Asleson’s 17 helped Carlton jump out to a 33-11 halftime lead and Brynne Mickle’s 12 second half points helped the Bulldogs extend the lead in the final 18 minutes.

Lucas Beireis was happy with the way the team played and the opportunity to get all 16 players into the game. The Bulldogs were a little shaky out of the gate this season, edging out Duluth Denfeld Nov. 26 and unexpectedly losing to Two Harbors 60-52 on Dec. 3.

“The first two gameS we were a little rusty — not boxing out, making bad passes and trying to play too fast,” Beires said. “These last three we’ve calmed down a little bit. We’re trusting ourselves and understanding that we’re not going to be the best shooting team. So we have to run the ball and push the ball, but we have to do that effectively by doing it smart. The last three games we’ve been able to do that.”

Since the Two Harbors loss, the Bulldogs have won three straight, including the 83-36 win over Wrenshall Dec. 5 and a 49-47 win over Isle Dec. 6.

Silver Bay senior Kaylee Volesky led the team with 10 points and coach John Sandstrom was positive despite the margin of victory for Carlton, though he is still looking for ways to improve the Mariners’ shooting.

Silver Bay's Kaylee Volesky goes up for a layup during the Mariners' 55-27 loss at Carlton Thursday, Dec. 12. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal
Silver Bay's Kaylee Volesky goes up for a layup during the Mariners' 55-27 loss at Carlton Thursday, Dec. 12. Jamey Malcomb/Pine Journal

“If we had shot even a normal percent we would have been right there with them,” Sandstrom said. “We can handle the press — we’ve shown that all year — and our passing is adequate, but our shooting is just not there right now and I wish I had a magic wand to change it.”

Carlton is scheduled to host Hill City/Northland at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, and play at McGregor at 7:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 20.

Silver Bay is scheduled to pay at Duluth Denfeld at 12:45 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and then host Esko at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19.

Silver Bay 11-16—27

Carlton 33-22—55

Silver Bay — Danika Thompson 3, Corrina Marolt 2, Kaylee Volesky 10, Lily Lewis 6, Hannah Thums 6. Totals 10 6-12 27.

3-point goals — Thums.

Carlton — Kaylee Asleson 17, Brynne Mickle 12, Abby Mickle 5, Alaina Bennett 10, Mariah Dodson 2, Elizabeth Hey 4, Sam Mattarelli 5. Totals 24 2-6 55.

3-point goals — Asleson 3, Mickle 2.