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.

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.