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Prep report: Solon Springs tops Drummond

The Eagle defense allowed just 13 first half points.

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Solon Springs’ Dylan Taggart (22) steals the ball from Drummond’s Alex Rasmussen (24) in the first half of the game in Solon Springs on Monday evening, Jan. 10, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

SOLON SPRINGS — Solon Springs Isaiah Kastern was dominant inside offensively, scoring 21 points and leading his team to a 49-37 home win over Drummond Monday, Jan. 10.

The Lumberjacks came into the game looking to limit Kastern, but the strategy opened up opportunities for other players.

“The Eagles showed good patience offensively as Drummond was doing everything they could to keep Kastern from getting position and the ball,” Solon Springs coach Marcus Besonen said in an email. “Running the offense through Isaiah allowed others to get easy baskets as well as keep Drummond off balance enough to allow seven other players to score tonight.”

In addition to Kastern, Colby Latvala scored 11 for Solon Springs.

Drummond is typically a strong offensive rebounding team, but the Eagle defense was able to keep them off the glass and prevent second-chance points.

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In addition, the Solon Springs pressure kept the Lumberjacks off balance throughout the first half, when they scored just 13 points.

“We also got them a little bit out of sorts with our pressure in the first half, getting them to commit some turnovers that allowed us to build our lead,” Besonen said. “In the second half they handled it better but the damage was already done. I’m very proud of our boys’ effort and execution tonight”

Solon Springs (8-2, 6-1) will next play at Hurley at 7:15 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 13.

Northwestern 95, Barron 83

Northwestern senior Monte Mayberry hit six 3-pointers and scored 32 points in the Tigers’ 95-83 home win over Barron.

Northwestern hit 12 from long range overall and four Tiger players reached double figures. Jase Nelson scored 19 for Northwestern and Cole Lahti added 13.

Barron’s Regan Vruwink scored 31 and hit five 3-pointers, but only two other Golden Bears connected from beyond the arc.

Girls basketball

Esko 52, Proctor 43

Esko’s Jayden Karppinen scored 17 points in a 52-43 home win over Proctor Monday.

The Eskomos struggled offensively in the first half with just 19 points, but the defense kept the game in reach by allowing just 22 by the Rails.

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Hope Carlson scored 11 points for Proctor and Payton Rodberg scored 10.

Scoreboard

Boys basketball

Solon Springs 49, Drummond 37

Northwestern 95, Barron 83

Girls basketball

Esko 53, Proctor 43

Mesabi East 55, Chisholm 38

Girls hockey

Moose Lake Area 1, Hibbing/Chisholm 1, OT

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Solon Springs’ Colby Latvala (3) puts up a shot over the Drummond defense in the first half of the game in Solon Springs on Monday evening, Jan. 10, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Solon Springs’ Isaiah Kastern (50) shoots a jumper over Drummond’s Chris Wright (20) and Oscar Wickman (30) in the first half of the game in Solon Springs on Monday evening, Jan. 10, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Solon Springs’ Owen Smith (20) comes down on the legs of Drummond’s Jace Bletsch (22) while Dylan Taggart (22) helps with the press in the first half of the game in Solon Springs on Monday evening, Jan. 10, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram
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Drummond’s Tyler Runice (32) and Chris Wright (20) knock a rebound away from Solon Springs’ Isaiah Kastern (50) in the first half of the game in Solon Springs on Monday evening, Jan. 10, 2022.
Jed Carlson / Superior Telegram

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