Big Night For Patriot Basketball

The Westwood boys basketball team set a new season-high in points scored on Wednesday, downing the Gwinn Modeltowners 71-48 in Gwinn.

The Patriots never trailed, jumping out to a 10-5 lead. Gwinn responded with a 7-2 run to tie the game early in the second quarter but then Westwood rattled off 12 unanswered points and led by double-digits the rest of the way.

Leading 37-16 at halftime, the Pats went up by as many as 22 points early in the second half. Gwinn managed to get the deficit down to 45-30 after three quarters and were within 11 early in the fourth before Westwood scored 17 of the contest’s final 22 points.

Taylor Dellangelo led the way with 19 points, Nathan Beckman had 17 and Ty Alderton added 13 as seven different Patriots got in the scorebook. Westwood improves to 11-6 overall and visits Calumet on Thursday.

The Patriot girls earned a signature non-conference win on Wednesday, topping Marquette 45-37 at Westwood High School.

The Patriots led 10-8 after one quarter, 28-17 at halftime and 40-24 after three. Marquette got within single digits twice in the final three minutes but could get no closer than seven down the stretch. Marquette (13-3) entered the night averaging 55 points per game.

The Redettes, who’ve already locked up the Great Northern Conference championship, saw their 12-game winning streak come to a close. Madelyn Koski led all scorers with 15 points while Tessa Leece finished with 12 and Karlie Patron added ten. Westwood improves to 16-1 and hosts Negaunee on Friday.

Top-Ranked IM Downs Westwood

Iron Mountain, the top-ranked boys basketball team in the UP, led wire-to-wire on Monday as they topped Westwood 67-40 in West PAC action.

Iron Mountain scored the first nine points of the game before Ty Alderton converted an old-fashioned three-point play with 3:39 left in the opening quarter. Westwood got within four points early in the second frame but Iron Mountain answered with a 15-6 run. Westwood got within single digits late in the first half but the Mountaineers led 34-23 at the break.

The Mountaineers opened the second half with a 9-2 run, forcing a Patriot timeout with 5:17 to play in the third quarter. Iron Mountain led 50-36 after three and held multiple 25-point fourth quarter advantages.

Blake Hewitt led Westwood with 16 points and turned in a season-high seven assists. The Patriots drop to 10-6 while Iron Mountain improves to 16-0 overall. Westwood returns to action Tuesday night at Gwinn.

Patriot Hoopers Sweep Emeralds

The Westwood basketball teams both took down Manistique on Friday.

The Patriot girls cruised past the Emeralds 56-19 to start the evening. Manistique led 4-3 but Westwood responded with a 14-0 run and led by double digits the rest of the way. The Patriots shutout the Emeralds in the second quarter and scored 27 of the last 31 points in the first half to lead 30-8 at the break.

Madelyn Koski led the way with 13 points while Mallory Leece added a career-high nine. Natalie Prophet finished with nine points, ten rebounds and seven blocks in her varsity debut. Westwood improves to 15-1 and welcomes Marquette on Tuesday.

The Patriot boys never trailed en route to a 62-48 win over Manistique. The Patriots led 16-9 after one quarter and increased their advantage to 35-20 at halftime. Westwood stretched the lead to 19 points after three quarters and Manistique could get no closer than 12 in the fourth frame.

Ty Alderton and Taylor Dellangelo each scored 16 points while Nathan Beckman added 12 to pace the Pats. Westwood is now 10-5 and hosts Iron Mountain on Monday.

Negaunee Boys Down Westwood

The Negaunee boys basketball team never trailed Wednesday night, topping Westwood 44-32 in West PAC action.

Westwood was held scoreless until the 3:52 mark in the opening quarter before battling back to tie the game at eight. Negaunee split a pair of free throws to end the first quarter and led 9-8 after one. Negaunee maintained a slim lead through the second quarter and led 16-13 at halftime.

However, all of Negaunee sharpshooter Jason Waterman’s team-high 15 points came after halftime. The Miners ended the third quarter on a 10-4 run, capped by a Jackson Sager triple with two seconds left and led 32-22 after three. Negaunee led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter. Westwood got within single digits when Nathan Beckman knocked down a trey with 1:42 to go but could get no closer.

Ty Alderton led Westwood with ten points while Beckman added nine. The Patriots fall to 9-5 on the year and host Manistique on Friday. The Westwood junior varsity team topped Negaunee 57-32 earlier in the evening.

Hot-Shooting Pats Hold Off IM

Playing for the first time in nearly two weeks, Westwood girls basketball Head Coach Kurt Corcoran wasn’t sure how his team would shoot the basketball in the opening quarter Tuesday night against Iron Mountain. The Patriots calmed their coach’s fears by turning in one of their best offensive performances of the season, downing the Mountaineers 63-54 in West PAC action.

The first four shots of the game all connected as Westwood’s Madelyn Koski and Iron Mountain’s Riley Poupore netted a combined 11 points in the opening 90 seconds. Westwood led 15-10 after one quarter but the Mountaineers battled back and took a one-point lead with under three minutes left in the first half. The Patriots ripped off an 8-0 run but a stolen pass with ten seconds left led to an Iron Mountain layup, bringing the Mountaineers within 29-24 at halftime.

The two teams traded the lead early in the third quarter before Westwood managed to build a seven-point advtanage heading into the fourth. Iron Mountain got within four points with 1:02 to play but the Patriots salted away the victory at the free throw line.

Koski has a monster night, leading all scorers with 28 points while 18 of Tessa Leece’s 22 points came after halftime. The Patriots were 16/18 at the free throw line and improve to 14-1 on the season. Poupore led Iron Mountain (5-9) with 21 points. Westwood returns to action Friday night at home against Manistique.

Big Fourth Quarter Powers Westwood Past Manistique

Facing a two-point deficit after three quarters, Westwood erupted for 21 fourth quarter points on Friday night en route to a 52-45 victory at Manistique.

The Emeralds jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held Westwood scoreless until the 4:42 mark in the opening quarter. The Patriots rallied and took the lead on two separate occasions but Manistique led 13-12 after the first frame.

Manistique‘s largest advantage in the first half was six points but Westwood answered with an 8-0 run to retake the lead. The Emeralds tied the game with a layup in the final minute of the half and the two teams went into the break knotted at 20-all.

Westwood went up by four midway through the third quarter but Manistique used an 11-3 run to take a 33-31 lead into the fourth. Tied 42-42 with under two minutes to play, Westwood scored back-to-back layups and didn’t trail for the rest of the night.

Nathan Beckman turned in a game-high 15 points while Ty Alderton added 14 and Blake Hewitt had 12 to lead three Patriots in double-figures. Westwood is now 9-4 and gets set to host Iron Mountain on Monday. The Patriots also won the junior varsity game 56-27 earlier in the evening.

Patriot Boys Outlasted By Marquette

Westwood’s fourth quarter rally came up just short Tuesday night in Marquette, falling to the Redmen 47-39 in non-conference action.

Marquette scored the game’s first basket before Westwood ripped off a 9-0 run. The Redmen responded by scoring the next ten points but Nathan Beckman knocked down a three-pointer with 43 seconds left in the opening quarter to tie the game at 12-all after one.

Marquette threatened to pull away before halftime, leading 22-14 with under two minutes left before Blake Hewitt knocked down back-to-back treys to bring the Patriots within two at the break.

However, Westwood shooting went cold and the team’s first second half field goal came with eight seconds left in the third quarter. Trailing 38-29 entering the fourth frame, Westwood rallied to get within four points with 1:45 to go but the Redmen knocked down four key free throws late to pull away.

Marquette’s Marius Grazulis finished with a game-high 13 points. Beckman and Taylor Dellangelo each scored ten to lead Westwood. The Patriots drop to 8-4 and visit Manistique on Friday. Marquette improves to 10-3 and visits Menominee on Friday.

Pats Start Slow, Finish Fast In Win At Ishpeming

The Westwood Patriots overcame a slow start and raced past archrival Ishpeming 55-37 on Friday.

Ishpeming jumped out to a 10-0 lead and held Westwood scoreless until the 2:05 mark of the opening quarter. But the Patriots responded by scoring the next nine points before taking the lead for the first time with 5:42 to play in the second quarter. Westwood led 23-19 at halftime and led by as many as 22 points in the game.

Tessa Leece poured in 25 points on 10/15 shooting from the field while Madelyn Koski added 13 points and dished out five assists. The victory was Westwood’s first over the Hematites on the road since January 29, 2009. Westwood is now 13-1 and hosts Marquette next Thursday.

Pats Bounce Back, Top Towners

Hot outside shooting helped Westwood bounce back on Tuesday as the Patriots took down rival Gwinn 51-41 in West PAC action. 33 of the Patriots’ 51 points came from behind the arc, as they knocked down a school-record 11 three-pointers.

Gwinn scored the first six points of the game and led 20-15 after one quarter. Both defenses picked up in the second frame but Gwinn carried a 29-23 advantage into halftime. Westwood battled back and took their first lead with 3:51 left in the third quarter but the Modeltowners retook the lead 34-33 heading into the fourth.

Gwinn split a pair of free throws to open the quarter before Westwood went on a 12-0 run, fueled by three consecutive trays by Tessa Leece. Madelyn Koski capped the run with her fifth triple of the game and Westwood would not trail the rest of the way.

Koski poured in 25 points while Leece added 17 to pace the Patriots. Koski finished with seven three-pointers, tying the Westwood single-game record. Westwood is now 12-1 and visits Ishpeming on Friday.

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.