Grani, Gratton guide Hawley past Panthers

The Nuggets led from the start in a 57-47 victory over the Park Rapids boys basketball team.

Isaiah Phillippi led a fastbreak during Park Rapids' game against Hawley at the Area High School gym on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

Hayden Grani and Brady Gratton combined to score 41 points, including Hawley’s final 14 points of the game, as the Nuggets posted a 57-47 win over the Park Rapids boys basketball team at the Area High School gym on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

The Nuggets led from the start in this game between Section 8AA teams.

A 3-pointer by Gratton and two inside baskets by Justin Koski gave the Nuggets a 7-1 lead before 3-pointers by Koski and Grani pushed the lead to 15-6 with 11:31 to play in the first half. Jumpers by Parker Harmon and Logan Jackson and a 3-pointer by Noah Morris pulled Park Rapids to within 18-13 at the 8:15 mark. A 3-pointer and a layup by Grani gave Hawley a 31-17 advantage before Nick Michaelson’s jumper before the buzzer made it 31-19 at the half.

A layup by Mason Gratton and a layup and a 3-pointer by Brady Gratton gave the Nuggets their largest lead of the game at 38-19 with 15:34 to play. Park Rapids rallied to cut the gap to 41-33 with 6:56 remaining behind a layup by Harmon, two jumpers by Michaelson, and jumpers by James Hartig, Jackson and Isaiah Olson.

Three-pointers by Morris and Michaelson and a three-point play by Jackson offset 3-pointers by Brady Gratton and Grani as Hawley led 49-42 with 3:16 showing. Grani followed with two layups as Hawley pushed the lead to 53-42 with 2:44 left. A 3-pointer by Harmon and a jumper off a steal by Michaelson concluded the scoring for the Panthers.


Jackson had a double-double with 12 points and 11 rebounds to go along with five assists while Harmon (11) and Michaelson (11) also scored in double figures for the Panthers, who fell to 2-1 against section teams and 2-5 overall. Michaelson hauled down seven rebounds, Harmon had five rebounds, Hartig dished out three assists and Olson had three steals.

Grani’s 22 points and Brady Gratton’s 19 points helped Hawley improve to 2-4 in section games and 3-4 overall.

HAWLEY: Grani 8 2-3 22, Koski 3 1-2 8, Bratsch 1 0-0 2, M. Gratton 2 1-2 5, B. Gratton 6 2-2 19, Klevgaard 1 1-4 3. Totals: 21 (FG), 7 for 13 (FT).
PARK RAPIDS: Hartig 1 0-0 2, Morris 2 0-0 6, Van Batavia 0 0-0 0, Olson 2 0-0 5, Harmon 5 0-2 11, Yliniemi 0 0-0 0, Phillippi 0 0-0 0, Jackson 3 6-7 12, Michaelson 5 0-0 11, Walsh 0 0-0 0. Totals: 18 for 51 (FG), 6 for 9 (FT).
Halftime: Hawley 31, Park Rapids 19. Three-pointers: Grani 4, Koski 1, B. Gratton 3, Morris 2, Olson 1, Harmon 1, Michaelson 1. Team fouls: Hawley 11, Park Rapids 17. Fouled out: Hartig. Rebounds: Park Rapids 31 (Jackson 11, Michaelson 7, Harmon 5, Morris 3, Walsh 2, Hartig 1, Van Batavia 1, Olson 1). Assists: Park Rapids 15 (Jackson 5, Hartig 3, Morris 2, Van Batavia 2, Olson 2, Michaelson 1). Steals: Park Rapids 11 (Olson 3, Van Batavia 2, Harmon 2, Michaelson 2, Hartig 1, Morris 1). Blocked shots: Park Rapids 3 (Harmon 1, Jackson 1, Michaelson 1). Turnovers: Park Rapids 22.

Kaiden Walsh delivered a pass during the Panthers' 57-47 loss to Hawley on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Vance Carlson / Enterprise

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