The Hematites jumped out front at 3-1 in the opening minutes after an Emma Poirier triple. Westwood soon took the lead, but Ishpeming stayed with the Patriots in the early going.
Westwood began to pull away at 17-7 with just a few minutes to go in the quarter. A little scoring drought for the Hematites gave the Patriots a chance to put some ground between themselves and Ishpeming as they cultivated a 22-7 lead going into the second quarter.
The second quarter began with the Patriots building on their momentum from the first. A couple of Rylee Harris triples helped keep Ishpeming’s offense alive. Westwood continued to dictate play though, making it a tough first half for the Hematites. The Patriots stayed firmly in the lead at 37-19 going into halftime.
The third quarter started in much the same way as the second. The Patriots widened their lead as their own Madelyn Koski inched ever closer to the 1000th point of her career. Koski reached that goal in short order. Patriots’ head coach Kurt Corcoran presented the young player with a plaque as play paused briefly to acknowledge her great achievement.
The Patriots doubled up on the Hematites at 50-25 as the game entered the final quarter. In spite of a great effort, Ishpeming just could not close the gap in the final minutes. Westwood took home their 64-33 victory with relative ease.