The Northwestern High School girls basketball team opened its season with a 48-40 win over the Cloquet Lumberjacks Tuesday night in Maple.
Freshman Alyssa Correll had the hot hand for the Tigers, knocking down three shots from the 3-point line and leading the team with 21 points.
Another first-year player, Amanda Ogren, added eight points, and senior Ally May came up with a handful of blocks and led the Tigers on the boards.
The Tigers led 23-18 at halftime, but Cloquet started the second half strong to tie the game at 24 with about four minutes left to play in the third quarter.
With the game tied, NHS coach Rich Windt called a timeout and Correll connected on a mid-range shot to give Northwestern the lead.
Lynsey Anttila followed with a jumper to make it 28-24, and the Tigers went on to build a 31-27 lead by the end of the third quarter.
Correll gave the Tigers their biggest lead of the game, 34-27, with a 3-pointer to open the fourth quarter. Another 3-pointer by Correll with about six minutes left put the Tigers’ lead to 37-29 before a 4-0 run by the Lumberjacks made it 37-33.
A turn-around jumper at the free-throw line from Correll and a 3-pointer by Ogren gave Northwestern a 42-33 cushion with less than three minutes to play. Baskets by Gwen LaPole and Angela Snow kept the Tigers in front, and Jordan Johnson came up with a steal and assist in the final 10 seconds to seal the 48-40 win for Northwestern.
Northwestern 9 14 8 17 — 48
Cloquet 11 7 9 13 — 40