WIAA state girls: De Pere tops Middleton in OT

WIAA state girls: De Pere tops Middleton in OT

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WIAA state girls: De Pere tops Middleton in OT

De Pere Annie Schneider cheers as the Redbirds win in overtime against Middleton in a WIAA Division 1 Girls State Basketball semifinal at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon Friday.

De Pere Annie Schneider cheers as the Redbirds win in overtime against Middleton in a WIAA Division 1 Girls State Basketball semifinal at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon Friday.

ASHWAUBENON – De Pere sank 8 of 10 free throws in overtime to outlast Middleton 49-47 in a WIAA Division 1 state girls basketball semifinal Friday at the Resch Center.

With the game tied 41-41 at the end of regulation, the Cardinals scored the first 4 points of the extra frame. The Redbirds responded by converting 7 of 8 free throws, taking advantage of a pair of travelling turnovers by Middleton to take a lead for good.

At the end of regulation Rachel Kerkhoff’s jumper put De Pere (25-2) ahead 41-40 with 50 seconds left, but Bria Lemirande hit one of two free throws on the following possession to tie it up for Middleton (23-4).

The Redbirds led for much of regulation play but was plagued by turnovers late as the Cardinals shook off a poor offensive start.

Annie Schneider scored a game-high 15 points for De Pere, while Bria Lemirande led Middletown with 13 points.

De Pere High School's Rachel Kerkhoff fights for a loose ball against Middleton High School's Haley Dunn in the Division 1 WIAA Girls State Basketball semifinals at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon Friday, March 10, 2017.

De Pere High School’s Rachel Kerkhoff fights for a loose ball against Middleton High School’s Haley Dunn in the Division 1 WIAA Girls State Basketball semifinals at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon Friday, March 10, 2017.

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