NEWPORT — Those who missed the NFL playoff action to head to Nokomis and watch the Warriors take on Medomak Valley in girls basketball weren’t rewarded with a great game. But it was another lesson in why Nokomis is undefeated.

The Warriors have too much depth for most of their opponents, and they turned their biggest test so far into another lopsided win. Facing a strong Medomak Valley team, Nokomis rolled to a 66-33 victory Saturday night.

“We can go so far into the bench,” said Nokomis sophomore Anna Mackenzie. “I don’t know any other team that can do that. Everybody can play, and not hurt us.”

Mackenzie scored 17 points despite shooting only twice in the second half. In the second quarter, with Nokomis senior standout Marissa Shaw on the bench with two fouls, Mackenzie had 11 points as the Warriors went from up 15-12 early in the quarter to go ahead 35-19 at halftime.

Nokomis (9-0) was coming off a flat 51-45 victory over Morse on Jan. 6. Medomak Valley (6-4) has the best record of any of the Warriors’ opponents thus far, and it was clear early that Nokomis was ready to go.

“I wasn’t too worried about how they’d go out,” Nokomis coach Kori Dionne said. “It was right off the tap, I realized that we were back to playing the way that we’re capable of playing.”


Ten different players scored for Nokomis. Kelsie Richards had 12 points and Shaw and Kylie Richards chipped in with nine apiece. Alanna Vose led the Panthers with 15 points.

Nokomis also showcased its inside-outside game, with Shaw and Mackenzie scoring in the paint and Kelsie Richards knocking down three 3-pointers.

“We pose some mismatches inside, depending on who we’re playing,” Dionne said. “We’re lucky enough to have the outside game to go with it, so if one of them’s not working, we can go to the other.”

Matt DiFilippo — 861-9243

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