What goes around, comes around.
It sure turned out that way Friday night in Bay Port, where the underdog Sheboygan North girls basketball team held on for 48-46 win over the third-seeded Pirates in a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal game — and got some revenge in the process.
When both teams met during the regular season, Bay Port mounted a fourth-quarter comeback to claim a narrow, 40-38 win.
The sixth-seeded Golden Raiders (16-7) weren’t about to let that happen again. In Friday’s game, North accelerated from a sluggish start to take a 31-24 lead at halftime, and withstood another fourth-quarter comeback to upset the third-seeded Pirates.
“The ending of the first game gave us confidence that we could beat them, but also gave us a little bit of a drive that we owed ’em one,” North coach Eric Spielman said. “Our girls certainly came in expecting that we were going to win this game.”
CJ Usadel exploded in a game-high 20-point performance to push North, and sisters Madison and Mackenzie Wolf combined for 12 more.
“I thought (Usadel) really took over the game in many stretches where we tended to struggle,” Spielman said.
Claire Jordan led the Pirates (18-5) with 15 points, and Hannah Meyer and Chelsea Nooker added 11 and 10, respectively.
North trailed early in Friday’s game, but mounted a comeback late in the first quarter that spanned to halftime.
The Pirates tied the game late, but Erin Maletzke grabbed a turnover and scored the winning points on a breakaway layup.
North is scheduled to play No. 2-seeded Kimberly at 7 p.m. tonight.
Sheb. North…..16 15 12 5 — 48
Bay Port…………18 6 12 10 — 46
Sheboygan North — Usadel 20, Mac. Wolf 6, Mad. Wolf 6, Dallmann 6, Dlugopolski 5, Gosse 3, Maletzke 2. 3-pt: Dlugopolski 1, Gosse 1, Dallmann 2, Usadel 2. FT: 6-9. Fouls: 11.
Bay Port — Jordan 15, Meyer 11, Nooker 10, Grambsch 3, Hilbert 3, McIntyre 2, Nowak 2. 3-pt: Hilbert 1, Meyer 1. FT: 8-10. Fouls: 11.
De Pere 58, Sheboygan South 32
Kayla Dawson scored 16 of her game-high 23 points in the first half as De Pere, the state’s top-ranked Division 1 team, jumped out to a 16-point halftime lead and ended the Redwings’ season.
Morgan Anderson added 12 points for the Redbirds (23-0).
“We turned the ball over quite a bit, which was unexpected. That’s how their quick start came to be,” said South coach Tyler Thomas. “We just couldn’t handle the ball tonight. Too many turnovers.”
Only four players scored for South (9-15), led by 17 points from senior Kimberlee Weimann. Fellow senior Rachel Smith added nine points, and senior Kara Selk had five.
South will lose eight seniors from this team, all of whom played in the program four years, including three — Weimann, Selk and Molly Burkard — who play all four years on varsity.
“Just an unbelievable group of kids,” said Thomas. “Playing four years of high school basketball, amongst other sports and the GPAs they kept. It’s going to be a hard group to get over.”
7 10 10 5 — 32
18 15 18 7 — 58
Sheboygan South — Smith 9, Wojcik 1, Weimann 17, Selk 5. 3-pt: Smith 3. FT: 7-10. F: 15.
De Pere — Anderson 12, Cerrato 4, Milleer 5, Ryan 2, Dawson 23, Mushinski 2, Emmerich 8, Kuehn 2. 3-pt: Anderson 1, Dawson 1. FT: 12-15. F: 11.