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Prep report: Beckstrand makes game-winning shot for Barnum

Jan. 2—Carlos Beckstrand got the shooter's roll at precisely the right time for Barnum on Tuesday, Jan. 2, as his shot bounced off the rim as time expired and fell through to give the Bombers an exciting 75-74 nonconference boys basketball win at Cloquet Middle School.

Jack Battaglia sunk a pair of free throws to give the host Lumberjacks a one-point lead with five seconds to play, but off an inbounds play from the side, Beckstrand drove to his left and into the lane, releasing a shot well ahead of the buzzer from the center of the key.

Beckstrand finished with 27 points to lead all scorers. The Bombers (6-3) made a big comeback after trailing 45-33 at halftime. Pierce Korpela added 13 points and Bryce Ferguson 12.

For Cloquet (5-5), which had a four-game winning streak snapped, Shazae Henegin and Seth Rothamel scored 16 points apiece and Battaglia had 15.

Brooks Johnson made his usual major offensive contribution for the Hilltoppers, but it was Marshall's defense that changed the game for a road win on Tuesday night in Chisholm.

The Hilltoppers held the Bluestreaks to just 16 points in the second half after they scored 31 in the first period, turning what was a three-point game into a decisive victory for Marshall (5-3).

Johnson finished with 38 points to lead all scorers, while Ethan Lauzon had 15 points for Chisholm (6-4).

The Cardinals suffered some uncharacteristic struggles on Tuesday, allowing a 44-point first half from the Eagles. C-W got that under control, only to be held to 15 on the offensive end in the second period.

Jacob Dixon scored 30 for the Eagles in this bird battle, while Brady Dahl led the Cardinals (7-2) with 19 points.

Gage Olson scored a team-best 21 points or the Raiders and was one of five players to make a 3-pointer for Greenway.

Kolin Waterhouse added 13 points and Stephen McGee 12 in the win.

The Greyhounds held on for a road victory on Tuesday night at Hibbing with help from 14 points by Lilly Kuettel.

Both sides started off struggling on the offensive end, with East going to the locker room up 18-12. It proved enough, even though the Bluejackets scored more than two-thirds of their points in the second half.

Tara Hertling scored a team-best 12 points for Hibbing (1-9).

East (4-8) also got 10 points from Maggie Winesett.

Eva Peterson scored 26 points as the Spartans cruised to a home victory over Denfeld on Tuesday, Jan. 2.

Kloe Zentkowski added 19 and Annabel Manion 17 for the Spartans (7-4).

The Bluestreaks put a grip on Cherry's offense after the break to turn a 10-point game at halftime into a rout on Tuesday night in Iron.

Minnesota State Moorhead recruit Tresa Baumgard had the visiting Bluestreaks (9-1) more than covered on the offensive end, scoring a game-high 32 points. Faith Zganjar made four 3-pointers en route to a team-best 14 points for Cherry (3-7).

The Rangers put this one away early at home, scoring 50 points in the first half. T.J. DuChamp led MIB with 24 points, while MiCaden Clines approached a triple-double on multiple fronts with 11 points, 10 assists, six steals and five rebounds.

Drew Nelson was the overtime hero for the Hawks as they denied a resolute Proctor squad on Tuesday night at St. Luke's Sports and Event Center.

The game remained scoreless through two full periods before Andrew Johnson Jr. broke the deadlock at 3:31 of the third period, but any potential runaway did not come to pass, as Proctor's Austin Bryant evened it up less than three minutes later.

Proctor (9-5) goalie A.J. Reyelts proved his mettle with 46 saves, including at least 13 in all three regulation periods. Hermantown (7-2-2) got 10 saves from Dane Callaway.

The Lumberjacks' comeback proved to be all for naught on Tuesday night in St. Cloud, as the Crusaders regained the lead just 1:26 after CEC tied it up in the third period.

CEC fell behind 2-0 after one period in which they had a 10-6 shot advantage, but got back within a goal when Ryan Jones scored on the power play at 7:11 of the second period.

Bobby Thornton bagged an equalizer for the Lumberjacks 2:19 into the third period, only for Andrew Dwinnell to score the game-winner for Cathedral.

Jacob Iallonardo made 14 saves for CEC (7-5-0).

Izy Fairchild scored first and last for the Mirage, who held off a hometown Moose Lake squad that had the shot advantage but not the goal advantage on Tuesday, Jan. 2 at Riverside Arena in Moose Lake.

Fairchild opened the scoring at 14:38 of the first period, and teammate Anika Burke doubled the lead (from Fairchild's primary assist) 4:21 into the second.

The Rebels pulled a goal back when Hallie Klavu scored at even strength with 2:43 to play, but Fairchild finished the game off with nine seconds left.

Neelah McLeod made 34 saves for the Mirage (9-5-1), while Mallory Hartl had 23 stops for Moose Lake Area (8-7).

Mercury Bischoff capped a hat trick as part of a three-goal Lightning flurry in the last five minutes to pull away on Tuesday at Yanmar Arena in Grand Rapids.

Bischoff opened the scoring in the last minute of the first period and Molly Pierce scored in the second period, but the visitors were within a goal with seven minutes to play before the Lightning finished it off.

Riley Toivonen made 12 saves in the win for GRG (10-6).