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Howards Grove Edges Aquinas to Win Div. 4 Title

Howards Grove (27-1) won the Division 4 championship in their second appearance in the State Girls Basketball Tournament Saturday afternoon with a 44-43 victory over previously undefeated Aquinas at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Loyal Wins Division 5 State Girls Basketball Title

Loyal (25-4) won its first State title in its initial appearance in the Girls State Basketball Tournament with a 74-61 victory over the Milwaukee Academy of Science (23-5) in the Division 5 championship game Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Shullsburg's Rennert Wins Girls 3-Point Challenge

Hattie Rennert, a senior from Shullsburg, won the 2017 girls 3-Point Challenge held Saturday morning at the Resch Center in conjunction with the State Girls Basketball Tournament.

Rennert, representing Division 5,  was one of 10 participants in the 3-Point Challenge, which was held for the third time. She scored 14 points in the final round to win the contest. Senior Tori Martell of Somerset was second with 13 points in the final round.

Rennert scored 19 points in the opening round and 18 in the semifinals. Martell opened with 18 points and followed with a competition-record 22 in the semifinals. Junior Justice Filip of Madison East and junior Brooklyn Paulson of Holmen also advanced to the semifinals with first-round totals of 19 and 18, respectively.  

Other participants were Natalie McNeal of Germantown, Brehna Evans of West De Pere, Savannah Walsdorf of Kiel, Arianna Mason of Stanley-Boyd, Caitlyn Tipton of Laconia and McKenzie Couey of Riverdale.

Girls 3-Point Challenge Stream Archive

The 3-Point Challenge will be streamed live on the NFHS Network Saturday at 9:30 a.m. To watch the competition, register and subscribe to the NFHS Network. To purchase a subscription to the live programming for only $9.95 per month, log-on to www.wiaa.tv or www.nfhsnetwork.com and click on the subscription image in the middle of the page. Archived streams of the events will be available on demand on the NFHS Network 72 hours after the tournament without requirement of a subscription. 


Appleton North, De Pere Square Off in Div. 1 Final

Appleton North 75, Milwaukee King 52

 De Pere 49, Middleton 47 (OT)

In the battle of the unbeatens, Appleton North (27-0) defeated Milwaukee King (25-1) 75-52 in the Division 1 State semifinal to advance to the final Saturday.

The Lightning led 32-31 after a tightly contested first half that featured eight lead changes and three ties. They opened the second half with a three-pointer by Kari Brekke that set the tone for the half. The Lady Generals fought back to get within three points of tying the game, but the Lightning answered with a 13-1 run midway through the second half to lead 66-49 with just under three minutes remaining. 

Much of Appleton North’s success in the second half was a result of hitting 60 percent of its field goals and limiting the Lady Generals to 23 percent shooting, including 1-of-11 from three-point distance. 

The Lighting boasted five players scoring in double figures. Sydney Levy had a game-high 19 points. Brekke added 14 points, and Callie Pohlman and Paige Schabo each had 12 points. Anna Laux chipped in with 10.

Sydnee Roby was strong in the interior for the Lady Generals. She led the team with 17 points, 12 rebounds and six blocks. Both Jada Patterson and Tishara Morehouse tossed in 11 points.

Appleton North advances to the championship for the first time in program history, and Milwaukee KIng exits in the semifinals of its fifth tournament experience.

De Pere (25-2) outlasted Middleton in overtime to advance to the Division 1 final following a 49-47 victory in the semifinals Friday night.

The Cardinals took a four-point advantage to start the overtime period, but the Redbirds outscored Middleton 8-6 in the extra period without the benefit of a field goal. They made 8-of-10 free throws to account for the margin of victory.

Both teams found points difficult to come by in the early portion of the game, as the score was knotted up at 2-2 through the first four minutes. The Cardinals hit a three-pointer to take lead the at 5-2, but the Redbirds used a 14-2 run to turn the tables and take a nine-point lead, their largest of the game.

Middleton (23-4) trailed 20-13 at halftime but clawed back to have the opportunity to win the game at the end of regulation, but two shots caromed off the rim in the game’s waning moments.

Annie Schneider led the Redbirds with 13 points and seven rebounds. Olivia DeCleene added 11 points. Bria Lemirande led the Cardinals with 13 points and a game-high 15 rebounds.

De Pere attempts to win its fourth State championship in their sixth appearance in the finals. Middleton’s season comes to an end with its 10th State appearance.


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