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Prep report: Marshall girls hoops gets it done with defense

Jan. 23—Proctor forced Duluth Marshall to play a different way on Tuesday night, but the Hilltoppers proved equal to the challenge.

Ada Skafte and Regan Juenemann finished as Marshall's leading scorers with 13 points apiece in a 56-50 girls basketball win at Proctor High School. Chloe Johnson was held to a season-low 11 just a game after she became only the fourth Minnesota eighth-grader to score 1,000 varsity points

(the third coming just two days previous

) in a road loss at Minnehaha Academy.

The Hilltoppers (10-7) still got the victory behind their best defensive performance against a contending team this season, leading 27-20 at the half and holding on down the stretch.

Five Rails scored at least eight points but none more than 10 apiece from Paige Evans and Presley Tapani. Proctor entered the game winners of nine straight and 14 of 15 since the beginning of December. The result also has a chance to shift seeding in the Section 7AA tournament, as Proctor was third and Marshall fifth in 7AA in the most recently QRF rankings calculations.

The Tigers overcame a Broncos squad that made 12 3-pointers on Tuesday night in Iron.

It helped that Faith Zganjar of Cherry made six of her own in a 21-point performance. Anna Serna added 17 points.

The Greyhounds fell victim to a triple-double from the Warriors' Eli Hoelz, who had 27 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists.

Brainerd led 35-29 at half, and pulled away with 43 points after the break.

A 22-point night from the Thunderhawks' Colton Johnson held them pull away for a confidence-building home win over the Rebels on Tuesday, Jan. 23 in Grand Rapids.

It was 29-28 Rapids at the half, but a 44-point second period did the trick as the Thunderhawks (4-11) won consecutive games for the first time this season. Wylee Dauenbaugh added 19 points and Zachary Roy 15.

For MLWR, Adam Neumann scored 24 and Nolan Nelson 18, but the Rebels (12-4) had a season-long five-game win streak snapped.

Koi Perich and Dalton Spindler scored 20 points apiece as the visitors cruised past the Gobblers in Aitkin on Tuesday, Jan. 23.

Esko (9-3) allowed only eight second-half points in a period they already began leading by 18.

The Lumberjacks had the defensive clasps on early, allowing just 13 first half points to cruise to victory.

Seth Rothamel knocked down five 3's and finished with a game-high 23 points while Jack Battaglia kicked in 20 for Cloquet, which led 47-13 at the break while getting back to 8-9 on the season.

Proctor (3-10) was led by 10 points from Dane Oman.

The Cardinals led the offense run wild on Tuesday night, Jan. 23, with five players scoring in double figures in a big home win.

Brady Dahl led the way with a 28-point performance, but Tanner Collman contributed 15, Dylan Nyberg 14, Tucker Korpi 13 and Drew Nyberg 10. Dahl canned five treys, part of a team total of 12.

Northland had for scorers in double figures themselves, but made only two triples for the game and was outscored 51-29 in the second half.

The Rangers had to come from behind to hold off a big night from Gage Olson and his Greenway squad on Tuesday night in Coleraine.

The Raiders were up 40-35 at recess, but MIB (11-3) came back behin a 27-point night from Chris King and 24 from TJ Duchamp. Rylen Niska kicked in 18, including the Rangers' only two 3-pointers.

Olson finished with 32 for Greenway (9-7), while Stephen McGee added 17.

The Hawks jumped out to a 3-0 lead after a very busy first period on Tuesday night at Hermantown Arena.

Drew Nelson, Will Esterbrooks and Andrew Johnson Jr., scored as Hermantown held a 29-4 shot advantage. Nelson added a second goal, shorthanded, early in the second period. Johnson and Evan Gunderson had two assists apiece.

Hermantown had a 67-13 advantage in shots for the game.

Nathan Garski completed a hat trick for the Thunderhawks in the last minute of play on Tuesday night in Brainerd.

Ryder Miskovich made 17 saves for the shutout for Rapids, while Bauer Murphy posted three assists.

Three Rails scored two goals apiece as Proctor rolled past the Timberwolves at St. Luke's Sports and Event Center on Tuesday.

Cooper Johnson, Austin Bryant and Dylan Denzler had a brace of goals, while Tanner Ross posted four assists and Carson Pavlowich three. Goalie AJ Reyelts made 11 saves.

Thomas Vekich had a goal and assist as the Raiders held off Lake of the Woods on Tuesday night at Hodgins-Berardo Arena. Derek Gibeau made 29 saves.