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Prep report: Yellin powers Esko girls past Marshall

Bridget Yellin's 25 points helped the Esko girls basketball team down host Duluth Marshall 78-73 on Thursday night and end the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

Bridget Yellin's 25 points helped the Esko girls basketball team down host Duluth Marshall 78-73 on Thursday night and end the regular season on a four-game winning streak.

Esko, which also received 22 points from Kristy DeMuth, led 37-31 at halftime.

Gianna Kneepkens scored 33 points and Grace Kirk 26 for the Hilltoppers, who lost for the fourth time in six games.

The Section 7AA playoffs start Feb. 28.

BOYS BASKETBALL

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Duluth East 60, Cambridge-Isanti 59

Isiah Hendrickson's buzzer-beating, fadeaway 3-pointer from the corner lifted the Greyhounds to a road win.

Will Van Scoy inbounded the ball from just behind halfcourt to teammate Niikan Buffalo, who immediately passed ahead to Hendrickson. The senior caught the ball and, while falling backward, hoisted the game-winner as East coach Rhett McDonald got the better of his father, Bluejackets coach Mike McDonald.

Buffalo and Hendrickson scored 13 points apiece to pace the Greyhounds.

WRESTLING

Northwestern duo open with wins

Northwestern Markus Brown and Zach Pooler both won their opening matches at Wisconsin's state wrestling tournament Thursday at the Kohl Center in Madison.

Brown (34-3), a sophomore, pinned Cole Mattek of Sheboygan Falls in 2:37 in the opening round of the 113-pound division.

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Pooler (33-10), a senior, won an 11-8 decision over Reid Koenig of Prairie du Chien in a 145-pound opener.

Brown and Pooler now wrestle in today's 11:15 a.m. session. Brown will face Wyatt Kaczrowski (30-5) of Seymour, while Pooler will go up against Joey Bianchi (47-2) of Two Rivers.

The winners will advance to tonight's semifinals, while the losers will go into the wrestle-back bracket Friday afternoon.

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