In a showdown between two of the top girls basketball teams in Section 7AA, it was balanced Proctor rolling past Duluth Marshall 80-71 in a Lake Superior Conference tilt Tuesday night at Marshall.
Sam Pogatchnik and Payton Rodberg scored 19 and 17 points, respectively, as the Rails won for the sixth time in seven games and took control of the LSC race. Sam Parendo added 14 points and Liz Frase 12 for Proctor, which made 27 of its 31 free-throw attempts.
The spread-it-out scoring was enough to offset Gianna Kneepkens' 30-point night for the Hilltoppers, who also received 16 from Grace Kirk.
Princeton 88, Hermantown 83
The host Hawks hung around with the state's fourth-ranked team thanks to a game-high 25 points from Peter Soumis and 17 from Connor Bich.
Calvin Peterson recorded all 24 of his points from beyond the arc to help the Tigers solidify their grasp on the top seed for the Section 7AAA playoffs.
Cloquet 57, Grand Rapids 53
The Lumberjacks went on the road to avenge an 18-point loss to the Thunderhawks back on Dec. 13.
Markus Pokornowski paced Cloquet with 14 points, while Grand Rapids' John Sutherland totaled a game-high 24.
Esko 71, Proctor 47
Trevor Spindler and Payton Wefel tallied 16 points apiece in the Eskomos' comfortable home win.
Greenway 85, Chisholm 82
Dylan DeChampeau netted 32 points and Jace Hansen-Cochran chipped in 28 to carry the Raiders over the Bluestreaks in an Iron Range Conference clash in Chisholm.
The Bluestreaks' Justin Pioske led all scorers with 36 points.
MIB 77, South Ridge 50
Eighth-grader Asher Zubich drilled seven 3-pointers and finished with 43 points in the Rangers' victory in Culver.
Grand Rapids 5, CEC 3
The Thunderhawks built a 4-0 lead at IRA Civic Center, withstood the Lumberjacks' furious third-period rally, and threw a monkey wrench into seeding for the upcoming Section 7AA playoffs.
Trailing 4-0, Cloquet-Esko-Carlton got a goal from Mason Langenbrunner and two from Kade Bender within about a four-minute span to get back in it. But Grand Rapids' Brandon Goehring iced it with an empty-netter.
CEC hammered the Thunderhawks 6-0 on Jan. 15.
Hibbing-Chisholm 2, VMIB 1
Matt Edmonds and Blake Frider scored for the Bluejackets, who surprised the visiting Blue Devils in an IRC contest.
Hibbing-Chisholm's Carter Smith stopped 27 of the 28 shots he faced.