Patriot Boys Fall To Esky

Escanaba led wire-to-wire as they earned a 59-43 win at Westwood on non-conference boys basketball action.

Escanaba scored the first eight points of the game and built a 16-4 lead but Westwood’s Zach Carlson knocked down a pair of three-pointers to get the Pats within six after a quarter. Carlson then connected on a jumpshot to cut the deficit to four but that’s as close as Westwood would get for the rest of the evening. Escanaba extended their lead to 33-21 at halftime and 48-30 after three quarters.

Carlson led all scorers with 20 points while Ty Alderton added ten. Esky’s Connor Smale drained six three-pointers before halftime en route to a 19-point performance. Westwood is now 6-3 and hosts West Iron County on Monday.

Patriot Girls Cruise Past Iron Mountain

The Westwood Patriot girls basketball team earned their seventh consecutive victory Monday night; never trailing as part of a 63-33 win over Iron Mountain.

Westwood scored the first seven points of the game but the Mountaineers got within two on two separate occasions. The Patriots ended the first quarter on a 6-0 run and led 15-7 after one. Westwood built a 28-17 lead at halftime when Emily Nelson tipped in a missed shot as time expired. The Pats held Iron Mountain to five points in the third quarter and used a 23-0 second half run to separate.

All nine Patriots got in the game and scored, paced by Madelyn Koski’s 16 points. Ellie Miller added ten and Tessa Leece finished with nine to go along with ten rebounds and six assists. Westwood is now 9-1 and will host Negaunee on Friday.

Westwood Hoops Teams Both Earn Friday Night Wins

The Westwood girls basketball team earned their sixth consecutive victory Friday night, topping Houghton 67-33 in West PAC action.

The Patriots scored the first seven points of the game and led 15-5 after one quarter. Westwood extended their advantage to 29-17 at halftime and led by double digits for the rest of the night.

Karlie Patron paced the Pats with 16 points while Madelyn Koski added 15 and six assists. Tessa Leece finished with 13 points, Natalie Prophet had 11 and Ellie Miller ten. Westwood is now 8-1 and hosts Iron Mountain on Monday.

Meanwhile the Westwood boys basketball team raced past rival Ishpeming 60-48 at Westwood High School.

The Patriots led 12-6 after one quarter, 28-16 at halftime and 45-28 at the end of three. Zach Carlson tallied a game-high 25 points, Taylor Dellangelo added 16 and Ty Alderton ten. Westwood improves to 6-2 and hosts Escanaba on Tuesday.

Westwood Hoops Teams Sweep Gladstone

The Westwood girls basketball team earned their fifth consecutive win Tuesday night, topping Gladstone 49-29 in Mid Peninsula action.

Westwood scored the first five points of the game and built a 12-2 lead early in the opening quarter. Gladstone scored the next five points to get within 12-7 but the Patriots answered with an 8-2 run to build their largest lead of the first half.

The Braves answered with seven consecutive points to get within four in the final minute of the half but Madelyn Koski tipped in a missed shot right before the buzzer to put Westwood ahead 22-16 at the break. The Patriots rebuilt an 11-point lead after three quarters and led by double digits the rest of the way.

Koski led the way with a game-high 19 points, Tessa Leece added 12 and Natalie Prophet nine as the Patriots move to 7-1 on the year.

The Patriot boys topped Gladstone 69-51 fueled by a career night from sophomore guard Zach Carlson.

Carlson led all scorers with 30 points as Westwood blew open a one-point game at halftime by outscoring the Braves 18-7 in the third quarter, never giving up the lead thereafter.

Ty Alderton added 19 points and ten rebounds while Taylor Dellangelo finished with ten points to lead three Patriots in double figures. Westwood is now 5-2 and hosts Ishpeming on Friday.

Patriots Fall To Iron Mountain

The Westwood boys basketball team held Iron Mountain to their lowest offensive output of the season Friday night but it wasn’t enough as the Mountaineers topped the Patriots 53-35 in Mid Peninsula Conference action.

Iron Mountain scored the first four points of the game but Ty Alderton got the Patriots within one with an old fashioned three-point play. The Mountaineers led 13-7 after one quarter but Westwood capped a 9-4 run with a Marcus Boase three-pointer to get within one possession.

However, Iron Mountain scored the final four points of the half to take a 23-16 lead into the break. The Mountaineers opened the second half on a 10-5 run and led by double digits for the rest of the night.

Taylor Dellangelo led Westwood with 12 points while Alderton added six. The Patriots are now 4-2 and host Gladstone on Tuesday.

Patriot Girls Too Much For Calumet

The Westwood girls basketball team posted their fourth consecutive victory Thursday night, topping Calumet 59-45 in West PAC action.

After a back-and-forth start to the game, Westwood emerged with a 16-10 lead after one quarter. The Patriots built an eight point lead in the final minute of the first half but Calumet scored a pair of baskets before quarter’s end to get within 29-25 at the break.

Westwood established a 45-34 lead after three quarters, led by as many as 18 in the fourth and Calumet could get no closer than within 12 down the stretch.

Natalie Prophet led Westwood with 18 points and ten rebounds while Tessa Leece added 15 points and ten rebounds. Karlie Patron and Madelyn Koski each finished with 12 points as the Patriots move to 6-1 overall. Westwood returns to action Tuesday with a roadtrip to Gladstone.

Patriot Boys Bounce Back At Gwinn

The Westwood boys basketball team got back to winning ways Wednesday night, topping MPC rival Gwinn 46-37 at E.L. Miller Gymnasium.

The Modeltowners raced out to a 9-2 lead but went scoreless for a nine-minute stretch that allowed Westwood to close the first half on an 18-7 run.

The Patriots held a 32-24 lead after three quarters and led by as many as 11 points in the fourth. Gwinn rallied to cut the deficit to 38-33 with under ninety seconds to play but could get no closer.

Zach Carlson led all scorers with 17 points while Zach Beckman added nine. Westwood is now 4-1 and hosts Iron Mountain on Friday.

Westwood Girls Top Gladstone, Boys Suffer First Loss

The Westwood girls basketball team topped visiting Gladstone 56-48 in Mid Peninsula Conference action Monday night at Westwood High School.

Gladstone led by as many as eight points early on but Westwood outscored the Braves 16-5 in the second quarter to take a 24-21 halftime lead. An 18-0 run gave Westwood their largest lead at 39-21 but the Braves rattled off nine consecutive points to get within single digits. The Patriots built a 15-point lead in the fourth quarter and Gladstone never got closer than within eight down the stretch.

Tessa Leece led Westwood with 15 points while Madelyn Koski and Natalie Prophet each added ten. The Patriots are now 5-1 and host Calumet on Thursday.

The Westwood boys suffered their first loss of the year, falling at West Iron County 50-42 on Monday.

The Wykons led 26-21 at halftime and led by as many as 12 points in the second half before the Patriots cut the lead to single digits in the fourth quarter. Zach Carlson led the Patriots with 18 points as Westwood falls to 3-1 and will visit Gwinn on Wednesday.

Strong Third Quarter Propels Westwood Past Hancock

A 17-5 third quarter run helped the Westwood girls basketball team open the second half of the season with a 59-34 victory over Hancock on Friday.

Westwood scored the first five points of the game and never trailed. The Patriots held multiple ten-point leads in the second quarter but a Bulldog three-pointer with 45 seconds left in the half brought Hancock within 24-18 at the break.

The Patriots opened the second half on an 11-1 run and led by double digits the rest of the night, outscoring the Bulldogs 27-9 in the third frame.

Natalie Prophet led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points, Karlie Patron added 12 and Madelyn Koski ten. Westwood forced nine steals and committed just three turnovers. The Patriots improve to 4-1 and host Gladstone on Monday.

Westwood Boys Rally Past Kingsford In OT Classic

The Westwood Patriot boys basketball team is undefeated heading into the Christmas break after topping Kingsford 68-65 in an overtime thriller Friday night in Kingsford.

The Flivvers scored the first five points of the game off of Westwood turnovers before building an early 7-2 lead. The Patriots responded with seven consecutive points and the two teams traded baskets for the remainder of the opening quarter.

The Flivvers used an 11-2 run to build their largest lead of the night at 26-17 midway through the second frame but Westwood resounded with a 12-2 run to retake the lead, capped by a Marcus Boase three-pointer. Kingsford rallied to take a 33-31 advantage into halftime.

The Flivvers build a seven point lead midway through the third quarter before Westwood rallied to get within 44-42 in the final minute of the frame. Taylor Dellangelo forced a steal near midcourt but collided with an official and the ball rolled out of bounds with two seconds left. Kingsford was awarded possession and connected on a half court buzzer beater to take a 47-42 lead into the fourth.

Westwood clawed their way back and got within one possession late. Kingsford missed five free throws in the final minute of regulation, including three in the final five seconds. Trailing 56-54 with 2.9 seconds to play, Zach Carlson calmly sank two free throws to tie the game and Kingsford’s half court heave at the buzzer was off the mark.

Mason Mariuzza converted an old fashion three-point play to open the overtime session but the Flivvers responded with an 8-0 run. Trailing 64-59 with 90 seconds left, Mariuzza and Taylor Dellangelo scored back-to-back layups to get the Patriots within a point. Kingsford split a pair of free throws on the ensuing possession and Matt Paavo’s layup with 33 seconds left tied the game at 65-all.

Dellangelo picked off a Flivver pass near midcourt, was fouled and sank both free throws with 22 seconds to play. The Patriots got the ball back with 13 seconds remaining after forcing a jump ball and Mariuzza was promptly fouled. Mariuzza split two free throws and Kingsford never got a three-point shot off before the final buzzer.

Carlson led Westwood with 18 points before fouling out early in the overtime period. Dellangelo finished with 16 points, Ty Alderton added 12 and Mariuzza 10 to lead four Patriots in double figures. The Patriots move to 3-0 and return to action January 6th at West Iron County.