The Northwestern High School girls basketball team took a step closer to its first Heart O’ North Conference championship in 21 years with a 55-27 win over Chetek-Weyerhaeuser Thursday, Feb. 13, in Chetek.

The Tigers, who last won a HON title during the 1998-99 season, improved to 17-3 overall and 13-1 in league play. Bloomer is in second place at 13-3.

Northwestern and Bloomer split during the regular season. The Blackhawks won 60-57 on Dec. 13, and the Tigers won 60-33 on Feb. 7. Both wins were on the road.

The Tigers have two games remaining. They host Barron (8-6) on Tuesday, Feb. 18, and play at Cameron (8-7) on Friday, Feb. 21. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m.

Bloomer (17-4) has one game remaining, at Ladysmith on Tuesday, Fegb. 18.

Tayva Plasch was the only Tiger to score in double figures with 10 points. Brooke Ogren and Kendall Sletten both had eight points, Karsyn Jones added seven, and Tieryn Plasch, Jayda Klobucher and Kennedy Nelson all had six.

Maggie Reisner led Chetek-Weyerhaeuser (3-17, 1-13) with 13 points.



Northwestern — Tieryn Plasch 6, Jayda Klobucher 6, Karsyn Jones 7, Brooke Ogren 8, Tayva Plasch 10, Gracie Altman 2, Kennedy Nelson 6, Allison Luoma 2, Kendall Sletten 8. Totals: 18 16-21 55.

3-point goals — Ta. Plasch 2, Jones.

Chetek — Mariah Bilodeau 2, Madison Haas 2, Maggie Reisner 13, Cierra Rihn 2, Claire Knutson 2, Emma Sather 2, Madeleine Schofield 4. Totals: 7 13-22 27.