Leece Hits Milestone In Patriot Loss At Negaunee

Tessa Leece became the fifth player in Westwood girls basketball history to score 1000 career points but it was Negaunee who came away with the 43-33 victory on Friday

Defense reigned supreme early on as Westwood scored their first five points at the free throw line, including Leece’s 1000th at the 4:29 mark in the opening quarter. The Patriots led 5-4 after one before Negaunee answered with seven consecutive points. Westwood’s first made field goal of the night came with 4:33 to go in the first half and the Patriots managed to get within 15-13 at halftime.

The two teams traded the lead multiple times in the third quarter as the Miners came out with a 25-24 advantage heading into the fourth. But Negaunee would rip off a 10-0 run to open the frame and Westwood could get no closer than within five down the stretch

Madelyn Koski led the Patriots with 14 points, Allyssa Hill finished with a game-high 24 points to pace Negaunee. Westwood is now 16-2 and will host West Iron County on Tuesday.

Slow Start Dooms Westwood

Calumet led wire-to-wire Thursday night, topping Westwood 67-57 in West PAC boys basketball.

Calumet led 4-2 before scoring the game’s next nine points en route to a 17-6 lead after a quarter. The Copper Kings led by as many as 17 in the first half before Westwood got within 29-16 at the break.

The Patriots opened the third quarter with a 9-2 run to get within 31-25 but Calumet answered with a 7-2 run to retake a double-digit lead. The Patriots trailed 43-36 after three but managed to get within 53-48 with under four minutes to play. However they’d get no closer as Calumet responded with a 9-0 run and put the game away at the free throw line in the final minutes.

Zach Carlson led all scorers with 24 points while Taylor Dellangelo added 14 to highlight the Patriot offense. Westwood is now 10-7 and visits Gladstone on Monday.

Patriots Prevail Over Gwinn

A late first half surge and a dominant fourth quarter helped lead the Westwood boys basketball team to a 54-35 victory over Gwinn on Thursday.

The two teams traded baskets early on and Westwood led 13-12 after a quarter. Tied at 15 midway through the second frame, the Patriots ripped off a 14-3 run to end the half and led 29-18 at the break.

Westwood went up by as many as 12 in the third quarter but the Modeltowners managed to get within 38-30 after three. However the fourth quarter belonged to the Patriots, outscoring Gwinn 16-5 and finishing the game 18/22 at the free throw line.

Zach Carlson led the Patriots with 17 points while nine of Ty Alderton’s 11 came after halftime. Westwood is now 10-6 and hosts Calumet on Thursday.

Westwood Girls Survive Scare From Gwinn

Westwood withstood their toughest test in two months Monday night, edging Gwinn 38-37 in Mid Peninsula girls basketball action.

A defensive battle from the opening tip, the two teams held each to just one made field goal in the first six minutes of the game but two free throws and a late field goal gave Gwinn a 6-2 lead after a quarter.

Westwood rallied back to take a 14-13 lead at halftime and led 21-19 late in the third quarter. That’s when Gwinn went on an 11-4 run to go up 30-25 heading into the fourth.

Gwinn led 34-29 late in the game before Westwood tied things up with a 5-0 run, capped by a Tessa Leece step-back three-pointer at the 1:45 mark. Natalie Prophet gave Westwood the ball back by taking a charge then converted an old-fashion three-point play on the ensuing possession.

Trailing by three, Gwinn attempted to run the clock down and hold for the last shot but Leece stole the ball at midcourt and was fouled with six seconds left. Leece split the two foul shots and a Modeltowner half court heave before the buzzer was too little too late.

Leece led the Patriot attack with 17 points while Prophet added ten. Westwood is now 16-1 and visits Negaunee on Friday.

Patriot Hoops Sweep Manistique

The Westwood basketball teams hit the road and swept a doubleheader from Manistique on Friday.

The Patriot boys trailed for most of the night but used a 21-point fourth quarter to top Manistique 66-65 in a Mid Peninsula thriller.

Westwood led 6-4 before Manistique ripped off the next nine points and led 17-8 after a quarter. The Emeralds led by as many as ten before halftime but Westwood managed to get within 33-30 at the break.

The Patriots used a 9-0 run of their own to go ahead 42-39 in the third quarter but Manistique fought back to claim a 48-45 lead after three. The Emeralds built their largest lead of the second half at 54-47 with 6:24 remaining. That’s when the Patriots called timeout and scored the next six points to get within one before tying the game at 55 minutes later.

Westwood retook the lead at 62-60 with less than two minutes to play and wouldn’t give it up. Zach Carlson sank two free throws with six seconds left to put Westwood up by four and a Manistique half-court heave at the buzzer was too little too late.

Carlson led all scorers, pouring in a career-high 33 points while Marcus Boase added ten to pace Westwood. The Patriots are now 9-6 and will host Gwinn on Tuesday.

The Lady Patriots never trailed, routing Manistique 66-35 for their 13th consecutive victory.

Westwood led 13-8 after one quarter, 33-23 at halftime and 49-28 after three. Tessa Leece turned in a game-high 22 points to go along with seven rebounds. Madelyn Koski finished with 18 points and eight assists while Karlie Patron added 12 points and also had eight assists. The Patriots are now 15-1 and visit Gwinn on Monday.

Patriots Come Up Short At Negaunee

Westwood struggled to find its offensive rhythm in the fourth quarter Wednesday night, falling to (D3-#8) Negaunee 42-36 in Mid Peninsula boys basketball action.

Westwood led 6-4 early, forcing Negaunee out of their full-court press. The Miners built a 16-10 lead after a quarter but Westwood exploded for thirteen of the game’s next fifteen points, including back-to-back-to-back three-pointers from Zach Carlson.

Negaunee recovered to get within 25-24 at halftime before the Patriots built their largest lead of the game at 34-26 midway through the third quarter. That’s when the Miners amped up their defensive pressure, rallying to tie the game at 34 after three while holding Westwood to one field goal in the final 12 minutes of gameplay. Westwood had possession trailing by three with 57 seconds left but turned the ball over and Negaunee put the game away at the free throw line.

Carlson led all scorers with 18 points while Taylor Dellangelo added 12 to pace Westwood. The Patriots are now 8-6 and visit Manistique on Friday.

In the junior varsity contest, Westwood outscored Negaunee 13-0 in the fourth quarter for a 37-36 victory.

Pats Score A Season-High In Victory At Iron Mountain

A strong finish to the first half helped the Westwood girls basketball team extend their winning streak to twelve consecutive games as the Patriots topped Iron Mountain 73-44 on Tuesday.

The Patriots led 8-4 before Iron Mountain responded with a 5-0 run to take their first lead. Westwood rallied to go up 16-10 but a Mountaineer three-pointer in the final minute of the opening quarter ignited a 10-3 run.

That’s when the Patriots’ pressure defense took control as Westwood ended the first half on a 16-1 run and led 35-21 at the break. The Patriots scored the first seven points of the third quarter as well and the lead never dipped below 20 after that.

Tessa Leece turned in a game-high 19 points while Karlie Patron added 17 and Madelyn Koski 14 as all eight active Patriots scored in the contest. Westwood is now 14-1 and will visit Manistique on Friday.

Patriots Cruise Past Manistique

The Westwood boys basketball team never trailed Friday night, racing past Manistique 57-31 in Mid Peninsula Conference action.

The Patriots scored the first seven points of the game and raced out to a 15-2 lead after a quarter. The Emeralds rallied to get within six in the final minute of the first half but Zach Beckman knocked down a baseline jumper with seven seconds left to give Westwood a 24-16 lead at the break.

The Patriots scored eight of the next ten points to open the third quarter and led by double digits for good, outscoring Manistique 21-9 in the frame.

Taylor Dellangelo led all scorers with 17 points, Zach Carlson added 14 and Ty Alderton ten. Westwood is now 8-5 and visits Negaunee on Wednesday.

Patriot Girls Outlast Marquette

The Westwood girls basketball team survived one of their toughest tests of the season Thursday night, stretching their winning streak to eleven games with a 53-49 triumph over the Marquette Redettes.

Marquette led 7-6 before the Patriots reeled off eight consecutive points to take their largest lead of the first half. Westwood led 15-13 after a quarter before the Redettes grabbed a 26-25 lead in the final minute of the first half. However the Patriots would score the final three points before the halftime buzzer and led 28-26 at the break.

Westwood extended their advantage to 42-37 after three quarters and scored the first three points of the fourth to grab their largest lead of the evening. The Redettes came roaring back, using a 12-4 run to tie things up but the Patriot defense stood tall and held Marquette scoreless for the final 4:19 of the game. Madelyn Koski gave Westwood a two-point lead with a baseline jumpshot and Tessa Leece connected on two free throws with eight seconds left to seal the win.

Natalie Prophet turned in 17 points while Karlie Patron added 15 to lead the Patriots. Westwood is now 13-1 and visits Iron Mountain on Tuesday.

Westwood Boys Come Up Short Against Marquette

A decisive third quarter doomed the Westwood Patriot boys basketball team Tuesday night, falling to Marquette 61-47 in non-conference action.

Westwood led 15-11 after one quarter but the Redmen scored the first nine points of the second frame to go up by five. That’s when the Patriot offense erupted to go a 12-0 run in the final 3:56 of the first half, taking a 27-20 lead into the break.

The Patriots scored the opening bucket of the third quarter but the Redmen answered with a 15-0 run to take the lead for good. Westwood trailed 40-34 after three quarters but could get no closer than within five down the stretch.

Zach Carlson led all scorers with a game-high 23 points as Westwood drops to 7-5 overall. The Patriots now turn their attention to a home date with Manistique on Friday.