Fond du Lac Ojibwe freshman Conner Barney scored 28 points as the Ogichidaag topped South Ridge 77-74 on Monday, Feb. 4, in Cloquet.
The Ogichidaag jumped out to a nine-point halftime lead thanks to a defense that forced South Ridge into off-balance, contested shots and limited the Panthers to just 26 points in the first half.
The Panthers responded in the second half, however, scoring 48 points and falling just short of completing the comeback.
Senior Joey Janke led South Ridge with 15 points and Mason Lane added 13 for the Panthers.
In addition to Barney, Avery Misquadace scored 13 for Fond du Lac Ojibwe.
South Ridge (5-11) is next scheduled to play Mountain Iron-Buhl at 7:15 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 12, in Culver.
Fond du Lac Ojibwe (5-11) is scheduled to play Cook County at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Grand Portage.
South Ridge 26-48-74 FDL Ojibwe 35-42-77
South Ridge - Tristan Johnson 5, Mason Lane 13, Ben Wood 11, Riley Kinley 3, Joey Janke 15, Weston Stroschein 2, Jayton Nelson 7, Jaxon Bennett 9, Kayden Palmi 7. Totals 26 15-21 74.
3-point goals - Johnson, Lane 3, Kinsley, Janke, Bennett.
Fond du Lac Ojibwe - Jordan Brown 8, Jesus Delapez 9, Conner Barney 28, Simon Laprairie 2, Avery Misquadace 17, Jalen Paulson 8, Uriah Aubid 5, Rolo Defoe 2. Totals 31 10-23 77.
3-point goals - Brown 2, Misquadace 3, Paulson, Aubid.