Tigers beat Saints to reach regional finals

Trevor Gustafson (20) goes up strong to the hoop in the Tigers’ win over SCF.

WEBSTER—The Webster Tigers continued their trek to the Sectional WIAA playoffs with a 59-54 win over the St. Croix Falls Saints Friday night.

“They are big and physical,” said Coach Rob Scherrer after the game. “We didn’t adjust very well the first half. They have big bodies.”

The teams played evenly during the first seven minutes of the game with Webster having a two point edge at 12-10.

After a Saints timeout, St. Croix went on a 17-7 run, giving the Saints a 27-19 advantage with 3:34 left in the opening half.

Webster scored the last six points of the half with Hunter Rosenbaum getting a field goal and Jack Washburn going two-for-two at the line and also getting a field goal.

The Tigers trailed 27-25 at halftime.

To open the second half, Webster scored 13 points to the Saints’ seven to take the lead by four at 38-34.

Both Jack Washburn and Trevor Gustafson had six points apiece with Carsen Stenberg adding a three point shot during that time.

The Tigers were able to hold an eight point edge with 50 seconds on the clock.

During that stretch of time, Washburn received a pass and went down three quarters of the court and brought the crowd to life with a spectacular slam dunk.

The Tigers held out over the last minute of play. St. Croix scored five points near the end to make it 59-54 when the final buzzer went off.

“We talked at halftime about making adjustments to their (St. Croix Falls) being physical. We just had to play more physically,” added Scherrer.

“We may have had some jitters, but it’s playoff basketball. A win is a win whether you win by one or more than one.

“You have to tip your hat to St. Croix Falls. They executed their game plan very well. They took us right down to the wire. I told their coach that they are a very good basketball team and their record is not indicative of what their team is like.

“I don’t know if the bye affected us. It’s always nice to play a couple of games a week, but no matter what, you have to come out and play.”

Washburn finished with 23 points. Both Coleton Peterson and Trevor Gustafson added 11 each with Hunter Rosenbaum finishing with nine points.

Jared Lessman and Kullan Parks had 17 and 15 points respectively for St. Croix Falls.