40th State Girls Basketball Tourney Crowns Five Champs

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Saturday, March 14, 2015

40th State Girls Basketball Tourney Crowns Five Champs

Divine Savior Holy Angels rolled to a 64-29 win over previously undefeated D.C. Everest (27-1) in the Division 1 final to win its first State title Saturday evening at the Resch Center in Green Bay, Wis.

The Dashers took control of the game early, jumping out to an 11-2 lead just two minutes into the game. The Evergreens chipped away at the lead throughout the remainder of the quarter and early into the second period to get within four; however, a 10-0 Dashers’ scoring spurt increased the lead to 24-10.

Divine Savior Holy Angels stretched the lead to 17 at 31-14 at the half and continued to control the game through the third quarter. With the Dashers’ lead at 51-29 with 31 seconds remaining in the third period, they held the Evergreens scoreless for the remainder of the game.

The Dashers’ Arike Ogunbowale scored 27 points on the heels of Friday’s record-shattering 55-point effort. Her two- game tournament total for points (82), field goals made (30) and field goals attempted (63) each set Division 1 records for the two-game format. She was joined in double-figures by Grace Callan with 13 points and Taylor Drost with 11.

Taylor Hodell was the only Evergreen to score in double figures with 14 points. D.C. Everest converted on just 19 percent of its shots in the contest, while DSHA shot at a .548 clip.


Pius XI was crowned the champion in Division 2 after a convincing 54-36 win over Cedarburg in the championship final.

The Lady Popes opened the scoring with a three pointer by Gabby Green early in the first quarter to stake them to a lead they would not relinquish throughout the entire contest.  They built a 10-point advantage by halftime at 26-16.

The Bulldogs were able to pull within seven at the 6:47 point of the third quarter; however,  Green sparked a surge that ballooned the  Lady Popes’ lead to 14 at 39-25 by the 2:32 mark of the quarter.

Cedarburg could get no closer than 11 points in the fourth quarter as Pius XI pulled away at the end, scoring the game’s last six points during the last 3:41.

Green led the Lady Popes with 20 points and five assists. Allie Barber was the only Bulldog in double figures with 10 points.

It’s the Lady Popes’ second State title, having won the Division 1 championship in 2010.


Whitewater (28-0) won the Division 3 championship to cap an undefeated season with a 49-43 win over Xavier in the final Saturday afternoon.

The Hawks built their largest lead of the game at 17-12 with an 11-0 run that spanned from the first quarter to early in the second quarter. The Whippets responded with a 11-0 run of their own to surge to a 23-17 advantage.

With the game tied at 39-39, Sarah Shumacher and Myriama Smith-Traore led the Whippets in the final five minutes in fueling a 10-4 advantage in the final 5:42, scoring nine of their 10 points.

Schumacher led the Whippets in scoring with 18 points, and Smith added 17 points to go with a game-high 18 rebounds and four blocked shots. Peyton Ufi paced the Xavier (24-5) offensive attack with 18 points and the team in caroms with 13. Erin Powers chipped in with 12 points.

Whitewater wins their first title in the first-ever appearance in the State Tournament.


Cuba City (28-0) finishes the season undefeated with a 56-43 victory over Fall Creek in the Division 4 championship game Saturday, giving the Cubans their second straight title and their membership leading 11th crown overall.

A tightly contested first half had six lead changes with the Cubans taking a 26-24 lead in the half. The turning point in the game came with a 10-0 Cuba City run late in the third quarter and early fourth period.  The closest the Crickets could get the rest of the way is to within seven. However, the Cubans denied any attempts of a comeback by hitting all six of their free throws in the final two minutes.

The Cubans’ balanced scoring attack was led by Shay Lierman with 17 points, Mollie Widege with 15 and Jessi Marti with 12. Fall Creek was led in scoring by Tatum Mayenschein with 11 points, and Jonalyn Wittwer added 10.

Cuba City was nearly perfect from the free throw line, making 14 of 15 chances. Combine with the Cubans’ performance in the State semifinal, they set the Division 5 record for the top free throw percentage in a tournament at .806.

The Cubans’ 11 titles have come in a membership-leading 16 appearances.


Barneveld (27-1) won its second straight championship in Division 5 with a 59-43 win over Assumption (25-4) in the final Saturday morning.

It was the third straight season the two teams have met in the final. Assumption claimed the title with a 39-35 win over the Golden Eagles in 2013, and Barneveld captured the crown in 2014 by a 38-34 margin.

The key stretch in the game came during a 9:21 span in the first and second quarters when the Royals were held scoreless, providing the opportunity for the Golden Eagles to build a 10-point cushion. The State title can also be attributed to the Golden Eagles’ shooting efficiency. They converted on 59.4 percent of their shots from the field, which set a Division 5 record.

Hannah Whitish led all scorers with 23 point for Barneveld. She set the Division 5 record for most points in a tournament with 48 in two games. Maggie Oimoen was also a key factor in the post, scoring a career personal-best 17 points and setting a Division 5 record for shooting accuracy by making all eight of her field goals.

The Royals were led in scoring by Olivia Skibba and Macie Zurfluh, each tossed in 12 points.


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