Patriots Suffer First Loss Of The Season

The Westwood girls basketball team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten on Friday, falling 46-36 at Negaunee.

Negaunee shot 100% from the field through their first four offensive possessions, racing out to an early 9-4 lead. The Miners extended their advantage to 17-8 after one quarter and scored the first bucket of the second frame.

Westwood responded with a 14-3 run to tie the game but Negaunee scored the final eight points of the second quarter and led 30-22 at halftime.

Both defenses tightened up in the second half and Negaunee carried a 36-30 lead into the fourth quarter. But the Miners scored the first five points of the frame and held the Pats scoreless for over four minutes to pull away.

Madelyn Koski scored 16 points while Karlie Patron added 14 to lead Westwood. The Patriots are now 11-1 and welcome Gwinn on Tuesday.

Comeback Kids: Westwood Rallies For Thrilling Win At Esky

The Westwood Patriots overcame a 15-point second half deficit and earned a thrilling 57-56 non-conference win at Escanaba on Tuesday. 

Escanaba enjoyed multiple double digit leads in the first quarter and led 18-8 after one. 

The Eskymos threatened to pull away twice early in the second frame, garnering leads of 10 and 11 points but each time Westwood rallied and trimmed the deficit to five. Esky ripped off a 9-0 run late in the half and led 35-22 at the break.

The Eskymos built their 15 point lead early in the third quarter but Westwood wouldn’t back down. The Pats ended the third frame on a 14-3 run, capped by Zach Niemi’s three-pointer at the buzzer. Westwood outscored Escanaba 18-6 in the third quarter and trailed 41-40 entering the fourth.

The Pats took their first lead with 6:55 left when Nathan Beckman knocked down a three-pointer from the top of the arc. With 53 seconds left, Escanaba’s Craig Kamin scored a layup, stole the ensuing inbounds pass, and converted a three-point play to give the Eskymos a 56-51 lead. That’s when Westwood’s Ty Alderton nailed back-to-back three-pointers and the Patriot defense survived a flurry of tip-in attempts at the buzzer.

Alderton scored a career-high 21 points, which included the game-winning three-pointer with 20 seconds left in the game. Beckman added 15 and Taylor Dellangelo had seven. Westwood is now 8-3 and hosts Iron Mountain on January 24th

Second Half Surge Sends Westwood Past Iron Mountain

Karlie Patron and Madelyn Koski each recorded a double-double to propel Westwood past Iron Mountain 60-30 on Monday.

Iron Mountain scored a layup on their opening possession but were held without a field goal for the next five minutes. Westwood led 16-5 after one quarter but the Mountaineers scored the first four points of the second frame to force a timeout.

Iron Mountain went on another run, trimming the Patriot advantage to six points with under a minute left in the first half but Jillian Koski knocked down a three-pointer and two free throws in the final 53 seconds to put Westwood up 25-14 at the break.

The Patriots outscored Iron Mountain 21-7 in the third quarter and the lead never dipped below 20 points the rest of the way.

Patron scored a career-high 25 points on 12/14 shooting and added 12 rebounds. Koski finished with 13 points and ten assists. Westwood is now 11-0 and travels to Negaunee on Friday.

Westwood Girls Remain Perfect, Boys Sweep Archrival Ishpeming

The Westwood boys basketball team used a balanced scoring effort to snap their two-game losing streak, downing Ishpeming 49-41 on Friday.

Westwood went on a 12-0 run midway through the first half while holding Ishpeming without a field goal for over nine minutes. The Hematites were shutout for most of the second quarter until sinking a free throw at the 3:08 mark. The Pats led by as many as 14 points in the first half but Ishpeming managed to get within ten at halftime.

Westwood struggled offensively late in the third quarter, netting just one field goal in the final four minutes of the frame and Ishpeming got within four points. But 11 of Westwood’s 17 fourth quarter points came at the free throw line to help the Patriots earn the regular season sweep.

Taylor Dellangelo led the way with 15 points while Ty Alderton added nine off the bench. Nathan Beckman and Blake Hewitt each scored eight points as the team finished 14/19 at the free throw line.

Westwood won the junior varsity contest 50-16 and the freshman game 45-30 as well. The Patriots are now 7-3 and visit Escanaba on Tuesday.

The Patriot girls basketball team cruised to a 54-39 victory over Houghton on Friday.

Westwood raced out to a 33-13 advantage at halftime and led by 25 points after three quarters. Tessa Leece turned in a game-high 22 points on 10/15 shooting while Madelyn Koski finished with 11 points and six rebounds.

Westwood is now 10-0 and visits Iron Mountain on Monday.

Patriot Basketball Teams Split With Gladstone

The Westwood girls basketball team shot a sizzling 53% from the field on Tuesday, cruising past Gladstone 61-40 in West PAC action.

Westwood set the tone early and led by double digits for the majority of the game. The Patriots led 21-11 after one quarter, 36-21 at halftime and 48-30 after three.

Tessa Leece turned in a game-high 23 points and knocked down three triples. Madelyn Koski added 15 points, six rebounds and six steals. The Patriots are now 9-0 and host Houghton on Friday.

The Gladstone boys earned their second straight victory, topping Westwood 62-35 in Gladstone.

Westwood led on separate occasions early on but Gladstone ripped off six straight points and would not trail the rest of the night. Westwood tied the game at 8-8 late in the first quarter but the Braves ended the frame on a 7-2 run.

Gladstone scored the first six points of the second quarter before Nathan Beckman converted a three-point play to cut the lead to eight. Gladstone led by as many as 16 points in the first half and the Pats could get no closer than ten late in the game.

Ty Alderton led Westwood with 14 points while Beckman added nine. The Patriots were 1/3 at the free throw line and failed to connect on a three-pointer. Westwood is now 6-3 and visits Ishpeming on Friday.

Westwood Girls Remain Perfect, Boys Fall At Iron Mountain

The Westwood girls basketball team won at Calumet 59-35 while the Patriot boys fell at Iron Mountain.60-22 on Thursday.

The Patriot girls led 11-8 after one quarter and 30-20 at halftime. Calumet got within eight points late in the third quarter but could get no closer. The Patriots ended the frame with a pair of quick buckets and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Tessa Leece paced the Pats with 15 points, Madelyn Koski and Ellie Miller each had 12 and Karlie Patron added ten to lead four Patriots in double figures.

Westwood is now 8-0 and hosts Gladstone on Tuesday.

The Patriot boys jumped out to a 5-2 lead midway through the first quarter. That’s when Iron Mountain ripped off a 32-0 run as Westwood went over eleven minutes without points. Iron Mountain led 12-5 after one quarter, 37-8 at halftime and 50-16 after three.

Nathan Beckman led Westwood with eight points. Foster Wonders turned in a game-high 21 points while Marcus Johnson added 18 to lead the Mountaineers.

Westwood is now 6-2 and visit Gladstone on Tuesday.

Steady Rolling Into The New Year

The Westwood Patriots never trailed Friday night, breezing past Hancock 63-32 in West PAC girls basketball action.

Westwood scored the first nine points of the game, forcing a Hancock timeout. The Patriots led by as many as 14 points early on but the Bulldogs ended the first quarter on a 5-0 run to get within single digits.

Westwood didn’t allow another point until the 3:37 mark in the second quarter and led 31-18 at halftime. The Patriots pulled away in the third quarter; outscoring Hancock 16-5 in the frame. The Pats defense shutout Hancock for over six minutes in the fourth quarter and forced 11 steals in the contest. Every Patriot player recorded a point, led by Madelyn Koski’s game-high 17 points. Tessa Leece finished with 15 and Karlie Patron added ten.

Westwood is now 7-0 and returns to action on Thursday at Calumet. The Patriots also won 56-40 in the junior varsity contest. 

Westwood Boys Top Towners

The Westwood boys closed 2018 with their fifth straight win, topping Gwinn 44-39 on Thursday.

Westwood led 10-8 after a back-and-forth opening quarter. The Patriots led by as many as five points on multiple occasions before halftime but Gwinn’s James Harnick knocked down four second quarter three-pointers to put the Modeltowners up 24-22 at the break.

Westwood bookended the third quarter with a pair of 4-0 runs and led 32-28 heading into the fourth frame. Gwinn took advantage of Patriot free throw struggles and got within a single point twice but Taylor Dellangelo and Nathan Beckman each connected on a pair of foul shots in the final minute to seal the victory.

Blake Hewitt scored 12 points while Beckman added 10 to lead Westwood. Harnick led all scorers with 15 points. Westwood is now 6-1 while Gwinn drops to 3-3 on the season. The Patriots return to action January 3rd at Iron Mountain.

Patriot Girls Move To 6-0

The Westwood girls basketball team is still perfect, beating Gladstone 50-32 on Tuesday.

Gladstone scored the first five points of the game and Westwood didn’t get on the board until the 4:01 mark in the opening quarter when Madelyn Koski split a pair of free throws. Westwood got within a single point but the Braves led 10-7 after one quarter.

The Patriot’s first lead came with 4:21 to play in the second quarter when Koski knocked down a three-pointer, forcing a Gladstone timeout. The Braves tied the game with a layup on their next possession but Westwood ended the half on a 10-2 run to lead 24-16 at the break.

The Pats went scoreless for over three minutes late in the third quarter but Koski drilled a three-pointer with two seconds left to put Westwood ahead 33-25 heading to the fourth frame.

The Patriots got their first double-digit lead early in the fourth quarter and the Braves wouldn’t get within ten points the rest of the way. Koski turned in a season-high 21 points while Karlie Patron added 13 to the lead the Patriots. Westwood is now 6-0 and hosts Hancock on December 28th.

Westwood Girls Remain Unbeaten, Boys Win At The Buzzer

The Westwood girls basketball team remained unbeaten, topping Manistique 44-30 on Thursday.

Manistique led 6-5 early in the first quarter but Westwood ripped off an 8-0 run and led the rest of the way. Westwood held an 11-6 lead after one quarter and stretched it to 21-13 at halftime. Madelyn Koski knocked down four three-pointers in the third quarter, including one that beat the buzzer. Ahead 37-24 entering the fourth frame, Westwood’s lead never dipped below double digits thereafter.

Koski led all scorers with 15 points while her sister Jillian added ten. The Patriots are now 5-0 and visit Gladstone on Tuesday.

The Westwood boys won their fourth straight game, downing Kingsford 54-53 in overtime. The Patriots led 13-5 after one quarter and 27-20 at halftime. However, the Klivvers roared back and tied the game 33-33 entering the fourth quarter. The score was knotted at 47-47 at the end of regulation, forcing a four-minute overtime period. Trailing by two points, Taylor Dellangelo knocked down a three-pointer as time expired in the extra session to give the Pats the non-conference victory.

Westwood improves to 5-1 and gets set to welcome Gwinn on Thursday.