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GREEN BAY, Wis. – Fourth-seeded Middleton (22-5) eliminated top-seeded Mukwonago with a 62-53 victory in the Division 1 semifinals of the State Girls Basketball Tournament Friday night at the Resch Center.

The first half was closely contested with the largest lead by either of the teams was five points with the Cardinals possessing a 30-27 advantage at intermission. 

Middleton opened up the largest lead of the game, breaking a 32-32 tie with a 12-3 run thanks in large part to the marksmanship from beyond the three-point arc by Evie Coleman. She scored 11 points in a three-minute span to fuel the rally, including a trio of three-pointers and a lay-up.

The Indians battled back with a nine-point run to tie the game at 50-50 with 4:38 remaining in the game; however, the Cardinals responded with a 12-0 run, which featured converting 12-of-16 free throws, in the next four minutes to secure the win.

The Cardinals hit a blistering 9-of-15 from three-point range in the game. Coleman led all scorers with 19 points, including 5-of-9 from the three-point line, which is one short of the Division 1 State Tournament record for three-pointers made in a game. Hannah Flottmeyer scored 14 points, and Sitori Tanin added 10 points to go with a game-high 10 rebounds. Charlotte Dunn contributed with a game-high six assists for the Cardinals.

Grace Beyer led the Indians in scoring with 15 points. Natalie Andersen added 15 points and a team-high eight rebounds, and Angie Cera chipped in with 10 points.

Mukwonago (24-2) falls out of title contention in the semifinals of its 10th State Tournament appearance, and Middleton seeks its first State title in its 11th State experience.

Bay Port (26-1), the #2 seed, advances to the championship game in Division 1 for the first time in program history by virtue of its 63-53 win over Kimberly in the semifinals Friday night at the Resch Center.

The first half was tightly contest with the largest lead by either team a six-point advantage, 12-6, by the Papermakers at the 12:06 mark. However the Pirates responded with a 13-2 run to gain a 19-14 advantage. Kimberly tied the game late in the half before Bay Port took a 26-25 halftime lead, an advantage the Pirates would not relinquish.

The Pirates built their largest lead of the game at 56-42 with 2:35 remaining in the game. The Papermakers could not cut the deficit to any less than seven points the rest of the way.

Bay Port shot 52 percent from the floor in the game, including 63 percent in the second half. The Pirates received significant contributions off the bench and held a 22-7 advantage over the Papermakers in bench scoring.

Emma Nagel led the Pirates both offensively and defensively with a game-high 23 points, 16 rebounds, two blocked shots and a pair of steals. Raegan McIntyre came off the bench to score 13 points, and McKenzie Johnson added 11.

Shea Dechant scored a game-high 19 points and pulled down a team-high eight rebounds with five assists and two steals. Maddy Schreiber was the only other player to score in double figures for the Papermakers with 15 points.

Kimberly (23-4) ends the season with its 11th State Tournament appearance, and Bay Port attempts to win its first title in its third State appearance.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Top-seed and two-time defending champion Beaver Dam (26-1) continues its pursuit of three straight championships with a 68-48 triumph over Hortonville in the Division 2 semifinals of the State Girls Basketball Tournament Friday afternoon at the Resch Center.

The Beavers led from start to finish, opening with a 6-0 run to begin the game. They bulit their biggest lead of the half at 34-16 with 4:47 on the clock and took a 36-21 lead into the locker room at the half. The Beavers shot 54 percent from the field in the half and outscored the Polar Bears 12-0 in points off turnovers.

Beaver Dam led by as many as 31 points in the second half and cruised to the victory. Maty Wilke tossed in a game-high 20 points and handed out a game-high four assists with seven rebounds. Natalie Jens scored 14 points, and Aly Van Loo chipped in with 10 points and a game-high eight boards.

The Polar Bears were led in scoring by Kamy Peppler and Lexi Day with 12 points apiece, and Macy McGlone added 10 points. 

Hortonville (19-8) ends its season at the State Tournament for the third straight season and for the fourth time overall. The Polar Bears will play for their third straight championship in its fifth State appearance. 

Monroe (21-6) defeated second-seeded Whitefish Bay 59-47 in the second Division 2 semifinal at the Resch Center Friday afternoon.

The Blue Dukes jumped out to an 11-2 lead in the first five minutes of the game, but the Cheesemakers went on an 11-2 run of their own to tie the game. Monroe entered the locker room at halftime with a 28-26 lead and used a 13-0 lead early in the second half to open its largest lead of the game at 45-30 at the 9:27 mark of the period. Whitefish Bay was unable to reduce its deficit to less than eight points the rest of the way. 

The Cheesemakers were led by Sydney Hilliard and Emily Benzschawel. Hillard score a game-high 25 points on 9-of-13 shooting from the floor and 7-of-8 from the charity stripe. Benschawel netted 19 points on 5-of-7 from the field and 7-of-8 from the free throw line. The Cheesemakers converted 22-of-26 free throws in the game, possessing a significant advantage over the Blue Dukes, which converted 6-of-7.

Whitefish Bay (23-4) was led by Elle Clements with 18 points and six rebounds. She also led the Blue Dukes on defense with three blocked shots and two steals. Elena Deslongchamps added 15 points, and Alexis Caldwell distributed a game-high four assists.

The Blue Dukes end the season at the State Tournament for the seventh time, and Monroe advances to the title game for the sixth time in 11 experiences at State.

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Last year’s runner-up and top-seeded Black Hawk (27-0) rolled to a 71-39 win over Fall River in the Division 5 semifinals Friday morning at the Resch Center.

The Pirates took a 5-0 lead to start the game, but the Warriors went on a 20-2 run midway through the first half to take control of the game. They led 51-16 at halftime shooting 59 percent from the floor. 

Black Hawk’s defensive pressure led to 24 Fall River turnovers and a 35-9 advantage in points off turnovers. The Warriors opened their largest lead of the game at 56-18 early in the second half and cruised to the victory.

Natalie Leuzinger and Bailey Butler led the Warriors’ offense, scoring a game-high 18 points apiece. Hannah Butler contributed 14 points and a game high five assists and four steals.

Both Samantha Leisemann and Karlee Van Gysel scored in double figures for the Pirates with 13 and 10 point, respectively. Leisemann also corralled a game-high 11 rebounds with a team-high three steals.

Fall River (24-4) ends its season at its fourth State Tournament appearance, and Black Hawk attempts to complete an undefeated season, advancing to the title game Saturday in its fifth State experience.

Second-seeded and undefeated Clayton (27-0) advances to the championship game in Division 5 with a 45-37 comeback effort over Newman Catholic Friday afternoon at the Resch Center.

The Bears imposed their will in the final 12 minutes of the game to mount a 22-2 run and overcome a double-digit deficit to earn the win. They shot 50 percent from the floor in the second half and made 12-of-13 three throws in the game.

With the exception of one tie early in the first period, the Cardinals led the entire first half, and led by as many as 13 prior to taking a 26-16 lead into halftime. However, they were outscored 29-11 in the secon half. The Clayton defense forced 18 turnovers in the game, resulting in 22 points off those Cardinals’ turnovers.

Alison Leslie led the Bears offensively with 18 points. Kailey Ketz and Kennedy Patrick eah contributed in double figures with 12 and 11 points, respectively. Ketz also dished out a game-high seven assists. The Bears defense held Newman Catholic’s leading scorer on the season scoreless in the game.

The Cardinals were led by Julia Seidel with 22 points, including 16 in the first half. Kenzie Krach hauled in a game-high 10 rebounds.

Newman Catholic (24-4) is eliminated from title contention in their 12th State Tournament appearance, and Clayton advances to the championship game for the first time in their five State experiences.

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