The Cloquet Lumberjacks defeated the Esko Eskimos 54-44 in the inaugural Battle for the Paddle girls basketball game on Tuesday night.

The two teams will play each other again later this season, and the winner of that game will keep the Paddle.

Cloquet Girls Basketball Defeats Esko in Battle for the Paddle

Cloquet’s physicality on the glass was the difference in the game. The Lumberjacks outrebounded the Eskimos 42-28, and they had several second-chance scoring opportunities.

Esko was led by Hannah Swanson, who had 27 points.

Cloquet was led by Ava Carlson, who had 12 points and 10 rebounds.

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