EBEN - Superior Central forced 44 turnovers mostly by coming up with 35 steals and ran away from Rapid River, 75-26, in a high school girls basketball game played Friday.
The Cougars, now 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Central Upper Peninsula Conference, actually got off to a slow start before turning up the jets midway through the first quarter.
"We started slowly, maybe for the first four or five minutes, but after one of our scores we put the pressure on and things starting going well," SC coach Greg Trowbridge said.
"We pulled the press off when we went up by about 20, but the girls kept their intensity up, even as we switched between man-to-man and zone defenses."
Despite the Rockets (0-4, 0-3) holding a small lead in the first few minutes, the Cougars pulled ahead 20-6 by the end of the first quarter and 39-16 at halftime.
SC junior Vanessa Freberg led all players with 18 points and eight rebounds, while junior Teslyn Tyner added 17 points, 10 steals and six assists.
Another junior, Mikayla Barrows, topped the Cougars in steals with 11 while scoring eight points.
For Rapid River, Averi Kanyuh scored 10 points.
SC also won the JV game, 40-26.
At Newberry, the Indians couldn't pull off a win in their Straits Area Conference opener despite a strong performance from junior Marissa Rushford.
Rushford had team highs of 15 points and nine rebounds as Newberry fell to 1-3 overall.
Newberry trailed just 23-20 at halftime, but the Chiefs took command with a 16-2 third quarter to build a 39-22 lead.
"We need to work on putting the ball in the hole," Newberry head coach Robert Depew said. "But it was a good offensive game, especially for Rushford. This was her first game of significance in terms of minutes."
Cheboygan was led by Holly Socolovitch with 15 points, while teammate Kali Hancock had 13.