WISCONSIN DELLS – The Nekoosa girls basketball team hadn’t won a regional title since 1982. It wasn’t easy, but a Kendra Marcouex steal sealed the deal and the Papermakers held off South Central Conference foe Wisconsin Dells 51-49 in a WIAA Division 3 regional final Saturday.
Dells had the ball with five seconds remaining with a chance to tie or win, but Marcouex nixed those plans and ran out the clock for an exciting and historic win for the Papermakers.
“This was a classic high school basketball game from start to finish,” Nekoosa coach Scott Linzmeier said. “Kendra made a huge play. This was a long time coming for this program.
“Both teams played their hearts out, diving on the floor for loose balls,” Linzmeier added. “Every time we got up seven, they would claw their way back into it. This is just a great, great win.”
Nekoosa travels to Baraboo in a sectional semifinal game against Richland Center on Thursday.
Lexi Brost led Nekoosa with 21 points.
NEKOOSA (51): Lexi Brost 21, Desirae Schuh 5, Kendra Marcouex 7, Taylor Haislmeier 4, Rachel Coyer 5, Anna Schubert 4, Mallory Melvin 5.
WISCONSIN DELLS (49): Jaden Ward 14, Karissa Mace 8, Hunter Hickey 6, Fernandez 16, Dana Percival 5.
3-pointers: Nekoosa 2, (Schuh, Coyer); Dells 8, (Mase 2, Hickey, Fernandez 5).
Records: Nekoosa 18-7; Dells 12-13.
Amherst 60, Wild Rose 30
AMHERST – The Amherst girls basketball team was in control from the start and cruised to a 60-30 WIAA Division 4 regional championship victory over Wild Rose on Saturday. seven rebounds six steals, six assists
The Falcons had a balanced attack with Marisa Loken controlling the paint with 15 points and six rebounds, while point guard Jaimee Pitt did a bit of everything with 12 points, seven rebounds six assists and six steals.
Amherst moves on to the sectional semifinal, squaring off with Oconto on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at a site to be determined.
“This is my first (regional title) as a head coach which is exciting,” Amherst coach Jay Pitt said. “It’s a good day to be a Falcon (Amherst boys team advanced to state earlier in the day). Exciting day all the way around. We controlled the game and turned them over early. We executed the entire game and Marisa was outstanding in the post.”
WILD ROSE (30): Makayla Muntner 2, Haley Hazlett 14, Karina Marchan 2, Johana Sheppard 5, Jasmine Hanson 6, Erin Jenks 1.
AMHERST (60): Kelsey Holderman 5, Jaimee Pitt 12, Brooke Groholski 10, Marisa Loken 15, Hannah Grawey 5, Ashlee Pionkowski 6, Lindsay Rutz 3, Jessica Peterson 4.
3-pointers: WR 1, (Hazlett); Amherst 4, (Pitt, Groholski 2, Grawey).
Records: Amherst 20-4; Wild Rose 20-4.
Owen-Withee 59, Thorp 25
OWEN – Aleyna Goerlitz scored 23 points and the Owen-Withee girls basketball team ratcheted up the defense after the opening eight minutes and cruised to a WIAA Division 5 regional final victory on Saturday.
The Blackhawks face Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran in a sectional semifinal Thursday at 7 p.m. in Rice Lake.
Goerlitz went over the 1,000-point in the game.
Thorp made four field goals in the first quarter, but the Blackhawks held the Cardinals to just five made shots over the final 24 minutes.
THORP (25): Katie Jocque 4, Anna Benzschawel 4, Abby Wisniewski 2, Kelsey Roshcell 6, Julie Benzschawel 6, Bryann Lewien 2, Catie Cortese 1.
OWEN-WITHEE (59): Emily Gokey 2, Stephany Heggemeier 15, Bailey Karaba 9, Emily Heggemeier 3, Kenadi Batchelor 6, Alyssa Fritz 1, Aleyna Goerlitz 23.
3-pointers: Thorp none; O-W 2, (S. Heggemeier, E. Heggemeier).
Records: O-W 22-3; Thorp 14-11.
Other regional final results