FIELD TWP— The Grizzlies basketball juggernaut continued into another week as the top-ranked Class A boys team notched win number thirteen against Hill City on Tuesday. The undefeated Grizzlies had …
FIELD TWP— The Grizzlies basketball juggernaut continued into another week as the top-ranked Class A boys team notched win number thirteen against Hill City on Tuesday. The undefeated Grizzlies had five players in double figures as they jumped to the early lead and built a 52-17 halftime lead. The Hornets never even came close, as North Woods took it in the end, 89-35.
Tate Olson led the way for the Grizzlies with 18 points, followed by Brendan Parson and Chase Kleppe, who notched 12 points apiece, and Tanner Lokken and Trevor Morrison, with ten points apiece. TJ Chiabotti added seven, and Cade Goggleye, Dylan Chiabotti, and Darius Goggleye each scored six.
Playing on Saturday in Duluth, North Woods earned a particularly sweet victory against third-ranked Nevis, topping the Tigers 53-39. It was a battle of the unbeaten, and it pitted many of the same players on both teams who had met in the state football tournament last fall. Nevis had knocked the Grizzlies out of contention on the gridiron, so it was the Grizzlies’ chance to return the favor in action on the court.
Cade Goggleye led the way for the Grizzlies, scoring 17 points, followed by Tate Olson, with 12 and Trevor Morrison with 10. Tanner Lokken and Chase Kleppe each added six, while Isaiah Squires added two. Brendan Parson, another starter and regular scorer for the Grizzlies, missed the game, but Isaiah Squires filled the spot and came up big defensively, said Head Coach Will Kleppe.
For the Grizzlies, it was their lowest-scoring match of the season, but they were pitted against the state’s top Class A defense, as the Tigers have allowed an average of just 37 points a game so far this season.
But the Grizzlies returned the favor, holding the Tigers to their lowest final score of the season as well. “Our defense was fantastic and did a very good job on the boards,” said Kleppe.
Saturday’s outing to Duluth came just hours after the Grizzlies hosted Mt. Iron-Buhl in Friday night action. Brendan Parson had a big night, racking up 18 points, to help lead North Woods to a 77-38 win over the Rangers.
Tate Olson was right behind Parson, with 17 points, while Cade Goggleye tallied 12. Tanner Lokken added seven points, Chase Kleppe added six, and Trevor Morrison and Isaiah Squires added five apiece. Dylan Chiabotti tallied four points, while Darius Goggleye added three.
The Grizzlies were set to host Virginia on Thursday night and will play host to Cherry next Tuesday. Both games start at 7:15 p.m.