The Northland boys had one of their worst performances of the season Monday night in the opening round of the Section 7A playoffs.
Facing South Ridge, a team they only lost to by eight points in mid-February, the Eagles trailed by 11 points at the half and never recovered, falling 82-58.
Coach Chris Carlson said it was a frustrating way to end the season, and he would have liked to have seen the team pick up their 10th win after only getting three wins last season.
Kane Perkins was the only Eagle in double figures with 24 points. Both Cameron and Dane Sepin scored nine, while Carson Johnson and Alec Wake each had seven.
Joey Janke and Nick Larson led the Panthers with 14 points each.
Eagles lose on the road
The Eagles closed the regular season losing their final three games, including falling 96-75 at Fond du Lac Friday night.
After falling behind by double digits in the first half, Northland could not get any momentum going in the second half.
Johnson led the Eagles with 18 points, brothers Cameron Wake and Alec Wake each scored 14, Carlson tossed in 12 and Perkins had nine. Perkins also grabbed eight boards while Cameron Wake led with five assists.
Connor Barney, a big freshman for the Ojibwe team, pushed his way around to get 30 points.
Mustangs win big
Adnew Stueven scored nearly as many points as Northland did as visiting Northome-Kelliher beat Northland 93-54 Feb. 26.
The senior guard finished with 53 points as the Mustangs closed out its regular season winning their final three games to end up at 12-14.
Perkins had another double-double with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and was the only Eagle in double figures,
Alex Wake scored eight points, Cameron Wake tossed in seven, while Carlson and Johnson each had six points.
The Mustangs led by 21 points at the half as Northland could not stop Stueven from driving to the basket and scoring.
Wrens win by 12
Three Eagles scored 20 points or more, but it still wasn’t enough as host Wrenshall won 100-88 Feb. 25.
Carlson led Northland with 26 points, Cameron Wake tossed in 24 and Perkins recorded another double-double with 20 points and 12 boards.
Alec Wake also finished in double figures with 10 points. Carlson led with five assists, and Cameron Wake had eight rebounds and three assists.
The difference was the Wrens sinking 12 three-pointers in the game.
“They just shot a little better than we did,” said Coach Carlson.
There wasn’t a lot of defense as the Wrens jumped out to a 52-43 halftime lead.
William Bird led Wrenshall with 23 points and Randy Wimmer scored 16.