March Madness was on display in full force Monday night as Westwood rallied to beat West Iron County 50-46 in a regional semifinal played in Escanaba.
Westwood scored the first seven points of the game and it took the Wykons more than half of the first quarter to record their first field goal. But West Iron County scored eight of the next eleven points to get within 10-8 after one. The Wykons took their first lead midway through the second quarter but the Patriots roared back and grabbed a 23-18 edge late in the first half. However, West Iron County scored the final six points before halftime and led 24-23 at the break.
The Wykon’s largest lead was 35-28 late in the third quarter. That’s when Westwood called timeout and changed the tempo of the game with a stifling full court press. The Patriots got within 35-32 at the end of the third and used a 13-3 run to retake the lead for good. Westwood outscored the Wykons 22-11 in the final ten minutes of play.
Madelyn Koski scored 12 points in each half for a game-high 24 while Tessa Leece added 13 to lead the Pats. Westwood improves to 23-1 and will play for a regional championship Wednesday night. The Patriots will match up against Charlevoix (19-2) who advanced with a 48-47 triumph over Elk Rapids.