Cards preserve share of WL lead

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Webster’s Owen Washburn and Luck’s Ben Smith go up for the ball at the tipoff. - Photo by Eugene Sikorski
WEBSTER – An overtime win by the Luck boys basketball team preserved at least a share of the Lakeland West lead as the end of the regular season approaches.
The Cardinals outscored Webster 12-7 in extra play on Thursday to take a 64-59 win, allowing them to maintain a share of the conference lead at 7-2 while the Tigers dropped a game further behind the four-team race for first. Levi Jensen scored a game-high 26 points and Gage Johansen had 21 points with 16 rebounds in the Cardinals win, though the Tigers seemed to be on their way to an upset win at home early.
Coleton Peterson, who led Webster with 21 points, sank a 3-pointer to give the Tigers a 10-2 lead early in the first half. He later had baskets on consecutive possessions to make it a 21-10 lead that eventually grew to 27-10. A Cardinals run late in the half shrank Webster’s lead to 29-19, though Peterson sank the last basket of the half to make it a 31-19 game entering halftime.
Peterson also started the second half with a 3-pointer to start a 5-0 Webster run that pushed their lead to 36-21. But a 9-1 Luck run that included six points from Johansen kept the Cardinals within striking range at 37-30.
The Tigers led by eight points in the final five minutes of regulation but the Cardinals took their first lead at 48-47, with a 9-0 run that included seven points from Jensen. A basket from Webster’s Owen Washburn and a free throw from Luck’s Ben Smith led to a 49-49 tie in the final minute.
Carsen Stenberg hit what would have been the game-winning 3-pointer for Webster in the final minute, but Johansen was able to answer with his own 3-pointer, sending the game into overtime with a 52-52 tie.
Washburn gave Webster the early lead in overtime with a 3-pointer, though the Tigers managed just four points for the remainder. Meanwhile, a pair of 3-pointers from Carsen Eley and three late free throws from Johansen secured the win for Luck.
Eley finished with nine points for the Cardinals; Washburn had 14 for the Tigers while Stenberg had 11 and Tallon Parent added 10.
Luck hosts Siren this Friday, Feb. 14, and St. Croix Falls on Monday, Feb. 17; Webster hosts Unity this Thursday, Feb. 13.
Unity 53, Frederic 31
BALSAM LAKE – The Eagles kept pace with Luck in the conference standings with a home win over Frederic on Feb. 4.
While the Eagles defense limited the Vikings to eight first-half points, Jaxon Flaherty and Cullen Feist provided the points to build Unity’s lead. Feist scored 10 of his 14 points in the first half and Flaherty had 13 of his team-high 19 points in the second half. Logan Lillehaug was the only Frederic player with more than one basket in the first half, scoring four of his 10 points before halftime.
Adam Dreier scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half for the Vikings, though the Eagles maintained the lead for the eventual win.
"We played aggressive defense and contested their shots well, especially in the closing minutes of the first half,” Unity coach Shaun Fisher said.
Dan Sorensen added 10 points for the Eagles.
Grantsburg 59, Luck 48
GRANTSBURG – The Pirates built a 16-point lead before halftime and withstood a Luck run in the second half to take a win at home on Feb. 4.
Jared Van Watermeulen led the Pirates with 17 points and 12 rebounds while Gus Bergman had 15 points with 11 rebounds and Austin Wedin had 14 points. Gage Johansen led the Cardinals with 18 points and 14 rebounds; Levi Jensen had 16 points and Carsen Eley added 11 points.
Webster 62, Siren 40
WEBSTER – Tallon Parent had a game-high 16 points and added seven rebounds for the Tigers in their win on Feb. 4.
Harlo Olson was one of three Tigers with 11 points; he also had a team-high 11 rebounds. Tanner Pardun and Coleton Peterson had 11 points each while Owen Washburn had six points with 10 rebounds and Carsen Stenberg had eight assists.
Grantsburg 67, Frederic 42
FREDERIC – Carson Knutson had a game-high 15 points for the Pirates and Sterling McKinley added 14 in their win on Friday.
Knutson and Austin Wedin scored 10 points each in the first half to lead Grantsburg to a 29-19 lead entering halftime. Logan Lillehaug scored nine of Frederic’s first-half points.
McKinley then scored 12 of his points in the second half, including nine on 3-pointers. Adam Dreier helped the Vikings increase their scoring in the second half, where he had 12 of his team-high 14 points, though the Pirates still were able to keep increasing their lead.
Wedin finished with 12 points for Grantsburg; Gus Bergman added 11 and Jared Van Watermeulen had nine. Lillehaug finished with 11 for Frederic and Oscar Lahti had 12.
SCF 97, Siren 56
SIREN – Declan Greenquist led the Saints to a lopsided win on Friday.
He scored a game-high 23 points, which matched Siren’s first-half point total, including three of the team’s 10 3-pointers in the game. Alex Mysicka had 17 points and eight rebounds for the Saints; Dayo Oye had 11 points and Payton Christenson added 10 points. Kullan Parks had a team-high nine rebounds with nine points.
Luck 74, Glenwood City 27
GLENWOOD CITY – The Cardinals scored the first 12 points of Monday’s game and pushed their lead near 30 before halftime.
Levi Jensen scored a game-high 10 points while Ben Smith added 15 points and Gage Johansen had 13 points and 13 rebounds. Riley Runnels also reached double-digit scoring with 10 points for Luck.

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