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The defense is a step too slow, as Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone makes it rain in Norway. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

The second half belonged to them.

Down by five at the break, Baerum and its American star, Coupeville progeny Makana Stone, rallied for a win on the hardwood Saturday in Oslo.

Knocking off Ullern 66-54, the Norwegian pro hoops squad improves to 7-2 on the season, locking down sole possession of second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen.

Baerum, which is off now until Dec. 20, when it has a rematch with Ullern, trails just undefeated Ulriken (11-0) in the standings.

Saturday’s game was a bit of an uphill battle however, as Stone and Co. had to rally.

Ullern shot out to a 17-12 lead after one quarter of play, before holding on to carry a 31-26 advantage into the halftime locker room.

The second half was Baerum’s turn to shine, though, as it surged across the final two quarters of play.

A 16-11 run in the third knotted things up at 42-42, before Stone and her compatriots pulled away, banking home 24 points during a furious final frame.

The former Wolf stuffed the stat sheet Saturday, racking up 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, and six steals.

The assist and steal totals are Stone’s best single-game marks while playing in the Kvinneligaen.

Her fellow countrywoman, Julie McCarthy, powered up for 17 points and 17 rebounds, as the American duo continue to pace Baerum.

Ullern gunner Malin Bjornsen led all scorers with 22 points, but it wasn’t enough to save her team, which slid to 3-6 on the year.

Stone has racked up an impressive set of stats in her second season of pro ball, with 169 points, 104 rebounds, 14 assists, 22 steals, and four blocks through her first nine games.

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Coupeville’s Makana Stone calls for the ball during a Norwegian pro basketball game. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

She had a very good weekend.

Coupeville High School grad Makana Stone put up back-to-back strong performances in snowy Norway the past two days, sparking her pro hoops team to a sweep of its two games.

Sunday, the former Wolf poured in a game-high 19 points and snatched 11 boards to spark Baerum to a 63-58 win over Midtbyen.

The victory, coming less than 24 hours after a big triumph against Storm Ungdom, lifts Stone and Co. to 6-2 on the season.

Baerum sits in second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen, a game up on Asker (5-3), as everyone chases undefeated Ulriken (10-0).

Stone, who also picked up two assists, a steal, and a blocked shot in Sunday’s win, scored from every angle.

Coupeville’s progeny netted six field goals, added a three-ball from deep, then topped things off with four made free throws.

Sparked by its North American import, Baerum jumped out to a 25-18 lead after one quarter of play, before Midtbyen rallied a bit.

The lead was sliced down to 34-32 at the half, before Stone and her teammates pulled back away with a 17-10 run across the third period.

Abbey Hoff knocked down 12 points for Baerum, while Shiba Ahmadi banked in 10 to give the squad three players in double-digits.

On the season Stone has put up stellar numbers, compiling 154 points, 96 rebounds, nine assists, 16 steals, and four blocked shots.

She has recorded double figure scoring in every game this season, topping out with 33 points against Asker in a game in late October.

After the back-to-back weekend bouts, Baerum is off for several days, returning to action Saturday, Dec. 3 against Ullern, which currently sits at 3-4 on the season.

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Makana Stone stops ‘n pops. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

It was a big bounce back.

Playing six days after taking a rare loss, Baerum and its American assassin, Makana Stone, unloaded on a hapless foe Saturday in Norway.

With Coupeville’s progeny going off for 15 points, 11 rebounds, and three steals, she and her teammates pounded winless Storm Ungdom 81-28 in a professional basketball bout.

The victory lifts Baerum to 5-2 on the season and keeps the squad in sole possession of second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen.

Stone and Co., who trail just Ulriken (9-0) in the league standings, get right back at it Sunday with a game against Midtbyen (4-4).

Baerum spread out its offense Saturday, with four players netting double-digits scoring totals.

Abbey Hoff and Julie McCarthy banked in 17 points apiece, with Stone, who sank a three-ball as part of her effort, and Camilla Gjerstad both tallying 15.

On the season, Stone has racked up a team-best 135 points, 85 rebounds, seven assists, 15 steals, and three blocked shots.

This is the second season of pro ball for the former Wolf ace, who played in England as a rookie.

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Makana Stone (far right), International Woman of Mystery. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

She’s filling up the stat sheet, day in and day out.

Coupeville grad Makana Stone continued her torrid play Sunday, but even her efforts couldn’t save the day against an overwhelming opponent.

The former Wolf poured in a team-high 18 points, to go with nine rebounds, two assists, three steals, and two blocks, but Baerum fell 72-56 to undefeated Ulriken in a Norwegian professional basketball game.

The win lifts Ulriken to 9-0, while Baerum (4-2) sits in second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen.

Stone and Co. were playing for the first time in two weeks, but they put up a spirited battle against the league leaders.

Three other Baerum players reached double-digit scoring, with Abbey Hoff (13), Julie McCarthy (12), and Shiba Ahmadi (10) all making the nets sing.

Ulriken was paced by hot-shooting guard Aurora Sorbye, who torched the joint for a game-high 30 points.

Stone’s 18-point performance included a pair of three-balls, as the American assassin hit from inside, outside, and every which way.

Through her first six games in Norway, she has piled up 120 points, 74 rebounds, seven assists, 12 steals, and three blocked shots.

Baerum has back-to-back games up next on its schedule, playing Storm Ungdom (0-7) and Midtbyen (4-3) Nov. 26 and 27, respectively.

This is Stone’s second season of pro hoops, after she played in England last season.

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Coupeville grad Makana Stone chases down a rival. (Photo property Marianne Maja Stenerud)

She’s a machine, kicking out double-doubles.

Her skills honed on the rough-and-tumble basketball courts of her Coupeville youth, world traveler Makana Stone continues to wow the masses in Norway.

Her latest accomplishment was a 20-point, 13-rebound performance Saturday, sparking Baerum to a 63-42 win over Midtbyen.

The victory lifts Stone and her pro hoops squad to 4-1 on the season, placing them firmly in second place in the seven-team Kvinneligaen.

Baerum is off until Nov. 20, when it gets a rematch with league leader Ulriken, which sits at 7-0.

Saturday’s matchup with Midtbyen was decided by rebounding, where Stone and crew snatched the glass clean, amassing a 58-30 advantage in corralling caroms.

Fellow American Julie McCarthy knocked down 19 points and grabbed 24 rebounds, while Henriette Hofermann paced Midtbyen with a team-high 11 points.

Stone, now in her second season of professional basketball after playing in England last year, has piled up 102 points, 65 rebounds, five assists, and nine steals while wearing a Baerum uniform.

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