Haywood surges past Brainerd in the quarterfinals

Brainerd players shake hands with Haywood after losing 82-72 in the state quarterfinals on Thursday. Photo by WTVC

The Brainerd Panthers dreamed of winning state this season..

They hit a major hurdle in the quarterfinals Thursday morning against Haywood.

The Panthers fall 82-72.

Make no mistake, the Panthers came out strong.

They shot 62 percent in the first period.

Kentrell Evans poured in 21 points for the Panthers.

Jesse Walker was strong down low with 20 points.

Brainerd led at half, but Haywood exploded in the 4th period.

They were on fire, hitting 83.3 percent of their shots in that period.

They only missed two buckets.

Two Haywood players combined for 56 points.

The loss ends Brainerd's season and dreams of a championship.

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