Howard Lake-Waverly Herald, January 11, 1999

Traveling team wins Elk River tourney

By Brian Barth

The eighth grade Howard Lake Waverly Winsted (HLWW) boys traveling basketball team played in the tenth annual Elk River Tournament on Jan. 2 - 3 and were crowned tournament champions.

In the first round, the Lakers played a small, but scrappy, Irondale team. HLWW's size and speed wore down their opponents and the Lakers won 51-30 to advance to the semi-finals.

The Lakers played the Elk River Red team in semi-final action. Elk River Red had beaten the Lakers in a previous meeting, but this game belonged to HLWW.

At the half, the Lakers only led by 7, with a score of 20-13. In the third quarter, the Lakers flexed their offensive muscles, scoring 22 points and increasing their lead to 42-21 by quarter's end. Final score of the game was 56-26 Lakers, earning the HLWW team a berth in the championship game.

The Lakers were matched against Elk River White for the championship. This would turn out to be a low-scoring game, due to both teams playing excellent defense.

The Lakers trailed by one at half-time, 13-12, and after three quarters of play, HLWW was behind 27-23. The Lakers finally managed to tie the score at 31-31 with 32 seconds remaining in the game.

The Lakers forced an Elk River turnover and regained possession of the basketball with 15 ticks left on the game clock. After a time out, the Lakers scored on the ensuing out-of-bounds play and were clinging to a 2-point lead with just 10 seconds to play.

Again, good defense forced yet another Elk River turnover and the Lakers ran out the clock to preserve the win with a final score of 33-31.

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