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By Kerry Rodd
Pine Knot Sports 

In playoff upset, Aitkin beats No. 1 seed Esko


March 8, 2019

Dan Saletel / Pine Knot Sports

Esko's Kristy Demuth (33) eyes the net on a drive to the basket Thursday night against the Duluth Denfeld Hunters in Esko.

On Jan. 28, the Esko and Aitkin girls basketball teams met in Esko. The Eskomos mauled the Gobblers by 29 points that night, so when the two teams met up at UMD in the Section 7AA tournament Saturday, very few spectators gave Aitkin much of a chance of winning. Then the Gobblers rolled out to an 11-point halftime lead and hung on during a wild second half to down the higher-seeded Eskomos 59-52.

The Eskomos came in as the No. 1 seed in the subsection and Aitkin entered Saturday's game at No. 4. Esko's record was 21-6 entering the contest, while the Gobblers were 17-10. Most expected an Esko...

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