The Northwestern High School boys and girls basketball teams pulled off lopsided wins over the Bloomer Blackhawks last week.
Northwestern pulled away from the Blackhawks for a 65-45 HON victory Thursday, Feb. 6, in Maple.
The Tigers held a slim 31-30 lead at halftime, gradually built a 45-41 lead early in the second half, and outscored the Blackhawks 20-4 over the remainder of the game to improve to 12-5 overall and 9-3 in the HON.
Harrison Nelson and Jake Brill were the Tigers’ high scorers with 12 points apiece. Jagar Stillson added 11 points, and Nolan Gustafson had nine points on three 3-pointers.
Brill also led the Tigers with eight rebounds and eight assists; Carson Nykanen had seven points and seven rebounds; and Nelson had four assists.
Austin Thur and Charles Herrick led Bloomer (7-8, 5-7) with 13 and 10 points, respectively.
Bloomer opened a 13-6 lead on a Herrick 3-pointer six minutes into the game.
The Tigers eventually tied it up 15-15, but the Blackhawks took a 21-15 lead on a pair of Thur 3-pointers.
Back-to-back 3-pointers by Gustafson and Brill gave Northwestern its first lead of the game, 26-24, with 3:11 left in the first half.
After the game was tied again at 26-26, a Gustafson 3-pointer and Brill put-back basket gave Northwestern a 31-30 lead at the intermission.
The Tigers are at Hayward on Tuesday, Feb. 11, and host Chetek-Weyerhaeuser on Friday, Feb. 14. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.
Bloomer — Dalton Cook 5, Austin Thur 13, Dalton Grambo 3, Connor Crane 3, Carter Rubenzer 9, Charles Herrick 8, Leif Iverson 4. Totals 15 9-17 45
3-point goals — Thur 2, Herrick 2, Crane, Grambo.
Northwestern — CJ Thompson 5, Harrison Nelson 12, Jake Brill 12, Andrew Klobucher 2, Nolan Gustafson 9, Jagar Stillson 11, Carson Nykanen 7, Dayne Evanson 7. Totals 22 10-13 65
3-point goals — Gustafson 3, Stillson 3, Nelson 2, Brill 2, Evanson.
The Tigers took over first place in the Heart O’ North Conference with a 60-33 win Friday, Feb. 7, at Bloomer.
The Tigers, now 15-3 overall and 11-1 in the HON, lost to the Blackhawks 60-57 in overtime at home on Dec. 19, 2019.
The loss drops the Blackhawks to 15-4 and 11-2.
The Tigers’ balanced offensive attack was led by Karsyn Jones’ 14 points, along with three rebounds and four steals. Allison Luoma and Brooke Ogren both scored 11 points, and Tieryn Plasch had 10 points, to go along with six assists and three steals.
Jayda Klobucher only scored one point, but led the Tigers with 10 rebounds and two blocked shots, and Kennedy Nelson had four points with seven rebounds, three steals and three assists.
"That's probably our best game," NHS coach Paul Eberhart said. "We moved the ball well on offense and played some great defense, which kept them frustrated."
Emma Seibel and Cayce Grambo led the Blackhawks with 10 points apiece.
Two baskets by Ogren and a 3-pointer by Tayva Plasch gave the Tigers an early 7-0 lead.
Larissa Fossum scored Bloomer’s first basket, but Kendall Sletten answered with a 3-pointer giving the Tigers a 10-2 lead.
Northwestern’s defensive pressure led to a 10-0 run and a 23-6 Tiger lead with 1:43 left in the first half.
Bloomer snapped a six-minute scoring drought with back-to-back 3-pointers by Seibel.
The teams then traded baskets and the half ended with Luoma scoring just before the buzzer, giving the Tigers a 27-14 lead.
The Tigers got off to another good start in the second half with 11 straight points for a 38-14 lead. The run included 3-pointers by Jones and Tieryn Plasch.
Vanessa Jenneman scored Bloomer’s first basket 5:24 into the second half, and the closest the Blackhawks would get the rest of the game was 44-26 on a Grambo basket with 7:37 remaining.
The Tigers’ largest lead was 29, twice, including 58-29 on a pair of Jones free throws.
The Tigers host Hayward (6-4 HON) at 7:15 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, and play at Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (0-10) at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13.
TIGER TALES: Northwestern’s last HON title came during the 1998-99 season. … Northwestern had nine steals in the first half. … Ogren was back in the lineup after missing the last six games with an injury.
Bloomer — Emma Seibel 10, Larissa Fossum 2, Cayce Grambo 10, Samantha Buchholtz 3, Rylie Jarr 2, Vanessa Jenneman 4, Abby Iverson 2. Totals 14 7-15 33.
3-pointers — Seibel 2.
Northwestern — Karsyn Jones 14, Allison Luoma 11, Brooke Ogren 11, Tieryn Plasch 10, Jayda Klobucher 1, Brecken Oswskey 1, Tayva Plasch 3, Kennedy Nelson, 4, Kendall Sletten 5. 23 10-18 60.
3-pointers — Ti. Plasch, Jones, Ta. Plasch, Sletten.