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State boys basketball: North Woods beats W-WG 56-39

MINNEAPOLIS -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove's ability to win close games took a tumble Thursday at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in a first-round state Class A boys basketball clash. The Chargers, champions of Section 3, c...

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Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Ethan Mischke (5), Wyatt Christians (21) and North Woods' Trevor Morrison (35) get tangled as they lose control of a rebound in the first half of the class A boys state basketball quarterfinal at Williams Arena in Minneapolis on Thursday. Morrison was called on a foul. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

 

 

MINNEAPOLIS -- Westbrook-Walnut Grove’s ability to win close games took a tumble Thursday at Williams Arena on the campus of the University of Minnesota in a first-round state Class A boys basketball clash.

The Chargers, champions of Section 3, couldn’t keep up with Section 7 champ North Woods, losing 56-39. Trailing by just three points, 22-19, at halftime, W-WG was outscored 34-20 by the Grizzlies in the second half.

North Woods, which entered the tournament as the No. 3 seed and placed second last year, will play in the semifinals Friday at 2 p.m. against Ada-Borup at Target Center. Westbrook-Walnut Grove falls into the consolation bracket with a semifinal game Friday against Cromwell-Wright, beginning at noon Friday at Concordia University.

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Cromwell-Wright lost 49-39 to Ada-Borup in its Thursday opener.

W-WG started well against the Grizzlies as senior point guard Andrew Quade made a long 3-point shot to open the scoring. Parker Freeburg, a 6-7 senior post, made his presence felt early in the paint.

But North Woods, in its third straight state tournament appearance, out-shot W-WG 54 percent to 28 percent in the second half and methodically extended its lead. A Cade Goggleye jumper with 9:05 remaining stretched the advantage to 37-26. A Nathan Ross 3-point shot pulled the Chargers within seven points with seven and a half minutes to go, but a T.J. Chiabotti 3 from long range made the score 43-31. Moments later, a Chase Kleppe shot made it 45-31 and W-WG took a much-needed time-out with 5:46 to go.

The skull session didn’t help, however. Once back on the court, the Grizzlies stretched their lead further as the Chargers got sloppy in their attempts to pull closer in a hurry.

Trevor Morrison scored 20 points and pulled down 10 rebounds for North Woods. Chiabotti added 11 points and Goggleye had 10.

Freeburg was 8-for-11 from the field and led Westbrook-Walnut Grove with 16 points. No other Charger scored in double figures. The Chargers were 3-for-23 from 3-point range while North Woods was 3-for-14.

North Woods was charted with 23 points off W-WG turnovers, compared with 11 points in a similar fashion for W-WG, which turned the ball over 19 times to the Grizzlies’ 13 times.

Westbrook-Walnut Grove 19 39

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North Woods 22 56

WESTBROOK-WALNUT GROVE (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- Mischke 1-0-0-3, Christians 0-1-2-4, Ross 1-2-2-7, Quade 1-0-2-5, Freeburg 0-8-0-16, Lien 0-1-0-2, Pilaczynski 0-1-0-2. Totals 3-12-6-39.

NORTH WOODS (3FG-2FG-FT-TP) -- C.Goggleye 1-2-3-10, Kleppe 0-1-0-2, TJ Chiabotti 0-5-1-11, Morrison 0-9-2-20, D.Goggleye 0-2-2-6, Barto 0-0-1-1, D.Chiabotti 2-0-0-6. Totals 3-19-9-56.

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Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Andrew Quade (30) moves the ball around North Woods' Cade Goggleye (3) in the second half of the Class A boys state basketball quarterfinal Thursday. (Tyler Schank / tschank@duluthnews.com)

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