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Prep report: Hermantown upsets Denfeld in playoff opener

Peter Soumis helped Hermantown spring a Section 7AAA boys basketball upset Tuesday night at Duluth Denfeld, where the sophomore scored 24 points as the sixth-seeded Hawks downed No. 3 Denfeld 66-63 in overtime.

Soumis knocked down four 3-pointers.

Hermantown made six free throws in OT to hold off the Hunters, who were led by Antonio Mack's 22 points. Denfeld's Joe Cvancara made a layup in the final seconds of regulation to force the extra session.

The Hawks advance to Friday's semifinals against No. 7 North Branch, which surprised second-seeded Hibbing 55-52 on Tuesday.

Cloquet 65, Grand Rapids 61

The Lumberjacks built a 15-point halftime lead, then hung on to oust the defending section champs in a 7AAA quarterfinal in Cloquet.

Tim Pokornowski totaled 21 points to pace the fourth-seeded Lumberjacks, who take on No. 1 Princeton on Friday.

Emmalee Hoover (2) of Cromwell-Wright passes the ball around Emma Rauzi (4) of Bigfork during the Section 7A semifinal game at RGIRLS BASKETBALL

Bigfork 38, Cromwell-Wright 34

The Cardinals held high-scoring junior Kia Tower to just four points, but the Huskies used a strong second half to win the Section 7A semifinal at Romano Gym.

Emma Rauzi had 16 points for No. 2 Bigfork, which outscored top-seeded Cromwell-Wright 24-17 over the final 18 minutes.

Shaily Hakamaki led the Cardinals, who finished third at last season's Class A state tournament, with 16 points.

The Huskies face Mountain Iron-Buhl on Thursday.

Mtn. Iron-Buhl 68, Floodwood 21

Mary Burke led all scorers with 19 points, and the Rangers rolled to a 47-7 halftime cushion in the Section 7A semifinals at Romano Gym.

No. 1 MIB goes for its eighth consecutive section title Thursday vs. Bigfork. The Rangers have defeated the Huskies twice this season — 59-40 on Dec. 28 and 72-37 on Feb. 15.

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