Prep report: Carlton County duo ushered out of 7A hoops tourney

Mar. 13—HIBBING — Carlton/Wrenshall's first season as a fully cooperative program will end as a success, but it did end on Wednesday, March 13.

The Raptors never found an answer for Mountain Iron-Buhl's Chris King, who rumbled his way to 34 points as the Rangers advanced to Friday night's section final in a 79-70 decision at Hibbing Memorial Arena.

King, a 6-foot-3, 255-pound junior, entered the game averaging 18.7 points and 12 rebounds and easily reached his scoring mark in the first half as he recorded 24 of his team's 35 points. He easily surpassed the rebound mark too, finishing with 20.

The more-balanced Raptors stayed in it, down just 35-32 at halftime, and though they got to the free-throw line consistently, going 16-for-18 in the second half, they couldn't get enough stops to extend their season, as shots started falling for the Rangers' T.J. DuChamp, MiCaden Clines and Rylen Niska. Niska and DuChamp scored 15 and nine points respectively after getting blanked in the first period, while Clines finished with 17 for the game.

Carter Woodall led Carlton/Wrenshall with 19 points, including a perfect 10-for-10 from the free-throw line. Three other Raptors scored in double figures, with Sam Ojibway added 15, Luukas Korpela 11 and Gavin LeBrasseur 10.

MIB (24-5) moves on to face Cherry for the section championship at 7:30 p.m. on Friday in Hibbing. The Raptors finished 21-8.

The No. 1-ranked Tigers forcefully put an end to Fond du Lac's 'Cinderella' run through the Section 7A bracket, running away with their semifinal on Wednesday, March 13 in Hibbing.

Cherry (27-2) scored 65 points in the first half and finished with six scorers in double figures. Noah Sundquist finished with a team-high 20, while Isaac Asuma had 17, as did Landen Ruotsalainen, while Noah Asuma and Isaiah Asuma scored 16 apiece. The Tigers have averaged 106 points in three postseason games this year.

For the Ogichidaag, who had knocked out the second and third seeds in their subsection going into Wednesday's game, Jordell Brown and Allen Defoe scored 17 points apiece.