Webster’s Chase Cadotte boxes out Grantsburg’s Zach Miller Friday night.

The Grantsburg Pirates defeated the Webster Tigers in a conference battle that lived up the hype. Both teams were evenly matched as the game went into halftime tied, but Grantsburg was able to prove out and get the win on the road.

“Webster is always a tough place to play and they have some nice players and athletes. We took care of the ball in the second half and seemed to play with more grit after halftime as well,” Pirate head coach Nick Hallberg said.

Hallberg said the team was led by a strong individual effort by Jared VanWatermeulen. He controlled the game with 23 points.

“Grantsburg had a good game plan against us and we had trouble containing Vanwatermeulen he had a big game and was the X-factor. They’re a solid team and probably the team to beat in the conference right now,” Tiger head coach Chad Stenberg said.

Pirates Carson Knutson and Sterling McKinley combined for 20 points in the victory.

The Tigers were led once again by Owen Washburn who had 16 points and two three-pointers.

“Owen Washburn played well again as been leading the team offensively,” Stenberg said.

Carsen Stenberg had a good second half making all five of his field goals and getting 10 points for the Tigers.

“Carson Stenberg had a good game scoring some points, hopefully we can get him going after coming off ACL injury last year that will get us some more offense,” coach Stenberg said.

After being tied at 22 in the first half, the Pirates came out fast in the second half and were able to capture the win 53-40.

This week the Pirates will play Siren and Frederic while the tigers will play Frederic and Northwoods.