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Pirates stumble in playoff battle with Tigers

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By Brian Hansel

The Verndale Pirates almost made a man-to-man strategy payoff for the second straight game March 9 in a 65-60 West Sub-Section 5A loss to Browerville.

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Having lost to the Tigers twice during the regular season playing a zone defense, the sixth-seeded Pirates decided to take it to the taller Browerville club with a more aggressive defensive plan.

“The kids wanted to do it,” Verndale Head Coach Jordan Hinkle said. “We put them in a good spot.”

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