Down 38-37 with seven seconds left and possession of the ball, the No. 4-seeded Two Rivers girls basketball team threw the ball away and missed a desperation 3-pointer at the buzzed to suffer a 40-37 home regional semifinal loss to No. 5 Denmark in the WIAA Division 3 State Girls Basketball Tournament on Friday night.
After getting down early, Two Rivers (13-10, 9-5 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) rallied in the second half to take its first lead over Denmark (13-11, 9-7 Bay Conference) in the middle of the third quarter. From there, the game went back and forth, with neither team gathering a lead of more than three points.
But for the Raiders, the late offensive efficiency wasn’t enough to overcome their early-game struggles. They had five turnovers in the first three minutes of the game and had eight in the first quarter to trail 13-9 entering the second quarter.
Denmark grabbed a 15-9 lead after two minutes of the second quarter, but Two Rivers chipped away at the lead, tied the game at 15-15 with 1:40 left in the first half, and at halftime the Raiders trailed 20-17.
Two Rivers committed 14 turnovers in the half and had 22 total, but kept pace with Denmark by outrebounding it 13-5 in the first half and 24-15 overall. Denmark committed seven turnovers in the first half and 14 total.
Down 27-26 entering the third quarter, Two Rivers got the ball with 45 seconds left in the game and down 38-37. With 22 seconds left, though, the Raiders were called for traveling. Denmark was subsequently called for a five-second violation on the inbounds pass and fouled Two Rivers’ Mackenzie Walesh moments later. Walesh missed the front end of a 1-and-1 with Denmark getting the rebound and getting fouled to go to the free throw line.
Denmark missed and Two Rivers got the rebound, but with 10 seconds left the Raiders once again were called for traveling. After fouling Denmark, who missed the front end of a 1-and-1, the Raiders got the ball back again with seven seconds left but fell short.
Alexi Walesh led Two Rivers with nine points while Allie Basken added eight points. Mackenzie Walesh, who led the Raiders in the regular season by averaging 14 points per game, was held to seven points.
The Raiders made one 3-pointer to Denmark’s four while Two Rivers was 6-of-12 from the free-throw line to Denmark’s 8-of-13 performance.
Nellie Deprey 4, Cami Loritz 13, Taylor McMonagle 4, Jennifer Nehls 8, Kendell Truttman 11.
Allie Basken 8, Marissa Broehm 4, Elena Garcia 2, Miranda Guehlstorf 1, Alexi Walesh 9, Jordan Walesh 1, Mackenzie Walesh 7, Aly Wanek 5.
3-Point Goals – Denmark 4 (Cami Loritz 2, Kendell Truttman 2), Two Rivers 1 (Aly Wanek 1), Total Fouls – Denmark 15, Two Rivers 13.
N. Fond du Lac 42, Kiel 41
Host North Fond du Lac’s Brooke Scott made 1-of-2 free throws with 5.6 seconds left to go up 42-41 and Kiel couldn’t get a shot off in the Division 3 regional semifinal.
The Raiders had possession with 48 seconds left with the game tied at 41-41 but turned the ball over with eight seconds remaining.
At halftime Kiel (15-9, 8-6 Eastern Wisconsin Conference) led North Fond du Lac (15-8, 9-5 Flyway Conference) 28-23 and was up 35-34 entering the fourth quarter.
North Fond du Lac and Kiel each had nine first-half field goals, but the Raiders were 9-of-14 on free throws through two quarters while North Fond du Lac was 2-of-3.
No other information was provided to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
DIVISION 4 Reedsville 44, St. Mary Central 32
Tied 18-18 at halftime, No. 3 Reedsville (21-2, 16-2 Olympian Conference) outscored visiting No. 6 St. Mary Central (14-10, 11-7 OC) 26-14 in the second half for the regional semifinal win.
Shelby Otto had 13 points to lead the Panthers while teammate Brenna Kiekhaefer added 11 points.
Reedsville was 10-of-14 from the free-throw line while St. Mary Central shot just 3-of-6 on free throws.
With the win, the Panthers advance to be at No. 2 Oshkosh Lourdes (20-3, 12-0 Trailways-North Conference) today at 7 p.m.
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St. Mary Central
Andrea Arenz 5, Paige Krieck 2, Maddie Miller 3, Nicole Minton 3, Sarah Stinksi 3, Haley Thelen 4, Jenna Thelen 12.
Olivia Dietrich 5, Riley Grimm 6, Lauren Holschbach 3, Brenna Kiekhaefer 11, Shelby Otto 13, Kayla Sheahan 6.
3-Point Goals – St. Mary Central 3 (Andrea Arenz 1, Maddie Miller 1, Sarah Stinksi 1), Reedsville 2 (Olivia Dietrich 1, Kayla Sheahan 1), Total Fouls – St. Mary Central 12, Reedsville 9.
Lourdes 47, Manitowoc Lutheran 35
Leading 19-15 at halftime, No. 7 Manitowoc Lutheran (13-11, 10-8 OC) was outscored by No. 2 Oshkosh Lourdes (20-3, 12-0 Trailways-North Conference) 32-16 in the second half for the road regional semifinal loss.
Lutheran was led by MacKayla Menges who had 18 points and teammate Arianna Neumeyer who added eight points.
The Lancers were 5-of-8 on free throws while Oshkosh Lourdes was 9-of-15.
An Oshkosh Lourdes roster, along with individual statistics, was not submitted to the Herald Times Reporter as of press deadline.
Julia Barthels 2, Monique Machut 2, MacKayla Menges 18, Arianna Neumeyer 8, Kaitlin Radue 3, Hannah Yagodinski 2.
3-Point Goals – Manitowoc Lutheran 4, Lourdes 3, Total Fouls – Manitowoc Lutheran 13, Lourdes 11.