Six teams each in Divisions 1, 2 and 3 play Friday for the right to go to Saturday’s title game.
Milwaukee Riverside 69, Superior 55
Using its athleticism and size to its advantage, Milwaukee Riverside pulled away after a tight first quarter to defeat Superior 69-55 in a WIAA Division 1 semifinal to advance to its first ever state title game Friday night at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.
Leading by just two after the first quarter, the Lady Tigers, behind their sophomore star Amani Wilborn, outscored the Spartans 29-16 to take command of the game. Wilborn had 13 points in the quarter, and Riverside’s lead was never fewer than l3 points the rest of the game.
Wilborn, a sophomore, led the way for Riverside with 20 points, while senior center Breanna Lewis, at 6-foot-5 inches, also finished with 20 points, 15 rebounds and six blocks. Her six blocks were one shy of tying the Division 1 state tournament record.
Hailey Kontny had 20 points and Jessica Lindstrom added 19 and 22 rebounds for Superior, which finished the season 23-4.
Mukwonago 64, Arrowhead 44
Their first two matchups this year were close. When it really counted, though, Mukwonago stepped up — and over — Hartland Arrowhead in a 64-44 WIAA Division 1 girls state basketball semifinal victory Friday.
Senior guard Jenny Tuttle led the Indians with 22 points, while freshman Bre Cera added 15.
This third matchup of Classic 8 Conference rivals was nothing like the first two as the outcome was never really in doubt after 4 minutes.
These teams split their two games this season, with Mukwonago (25-2) winning the first, 50-44, and Arrowhead the second, 50-49. Arrowhead (18-9) beat Kimberly in the sectional final after Kimberly knocked out defending state champion De Pere in the sectional semifinal.
Mukwonago jumped out to a big margin and never let up, leading by as many as 20 in the second quarter. Cera’s 13 points paced the Indians, who shot 58 percent in the first half. Sophomore Ally May led Arrowhead with 7.
Now, Mukwonago faces the winner of Friday’s second Division 1 semifinal between Superior and Milwaukee Riverside.
Cera, a 5-10 freshman, already has given a verbal commitment to play for the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay women’s team.
Arrowhead first-year coach Rick Witte is a Mukwonago graduate and still lives in the community, which is 18 miles south of Hartland. Junior guard Kelly Smith led Arrowhead with 14 points, while May added 11.
New Berlin Eisenhower 48, New London 47
The streak is over for the New London girls’ basketball team.
New Berlin Eisenhower rallied from an early deficit and then made the key plays down the stretch to hold off the Bulldogs in a 48-47 victory in a WIAA Division 2 state semifinal Friday.
The victory also snapped New London’s 68-game win streak that had spanned more than two seasons.
New London (26-1) the two-time defending state champions, had one last shot with .8 seconds left, but were unable to convert.
Eisenhower (25-2) will play Green Bay Notre Dame for the D2 championship on Saturday at 6:35 p.m.
Notre Dame 61, Milton 35
The Green Bay Notre Dame girls basketball team will play for the Division 2 WIAA state girls basketball championship after routing Milton on Friday.
The Tritons (21-6) pulled away early and never let the Red Hawks (19-8) get back in it. After one quarter, they led 17-7 before outscoring Milton 19-2 in the second quarter for a 36-9 halftime lead. They led 51-18 after three quarters.
Junior Allison LeClaire led a balanced attack with 14 points and 5 assists. Eliza Campbell added 13 points and 6 rebounds, and Brianna Byrne 12 points.
In the first half, Notre Dame held Milton to 9.5-percent shooting (2 of 21) and forced 8 turnovers.
LeClaire, Notre Dame’s leading scorer, went down with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury late in the second quarter. But it didn’t keep her off the floor in the second half and she appeared to have no problems.
Eliza Campbell led the Tritons in the first half with 10 points, 3 assists and 3 steals, while LeClaire added 9 points and Byrne 8 points.
East Troy 68, Neillsville 56
Neillsville’s Jennifer Lindner owned the first half, but East Troy’s Breanna Gaspervich stole it the second half in the Trojans’ 68-56 WIAA Division 3 semifinal victory Friday at the Resch Center.
East Troy will face defending-champion Kewaunee in Saturday’s state title game.
Neillsville’s Lindner, a 5-11 junior guard, had 22 first-half points as the Warriors took a 32-28 lead into halftime. She barely missed a shot in the first half, making 4 of 6 field goals (including both her 3-point attempts) and 12 of 13 free throws. She added 3 rebounds and 2 steals in the half.
But Lindner wouldn’t score in the third quarter as Gaspervich and East Troy pulled away.
Gaspervich, who had 5 points at halftime, went off for 20 in the second half, both from drives and 3-pointers. She was pesky on defense as well, stealing the ball and forcing turnovers. Her 25 points trailed only Lindner’s 26 for game-high honors.
Kewaunee 40, Lodi 27
Kewaunee’s 40-27 WIAA Division 3 girls state basketball semifinal victory Friday morning at the Resch Center was all about the experience — as in the Storm had it and Lodi didn’t.
Kewaunee, making its third straight appearance at the state tournament, starts five seniors, including three three-year starters. This was Lodi’s first-ever state appearance.
And it was the Storm’s three three-year starters that did most of the work … and nearly all of the scoring. Kelsey Stangel led Kewaunee with 17 points. Her cousin, Alex Richard, had 14 points, and Jill Kleiman added 8. If it wasn’t for a late free throw by Amanda Kudick, those three would have accounted for every Storm point.
It was Stangel took over at a key juncture in the fourth quarter with a person 5-0 run. After Lodi pulled to within 5, she followed up her deep 3-pointer with a layup inside with 5:45 left in the game, giving Kewaunee a 31-21 lead. Lodi never seriously threatened after that.
Richard with 10 and Stangel and Kleiman with 8 each were the only scorers for Kewaunee through three quarters as the Storm held a 26-19 lead entering the fourth.
After Kewaunee led by as many as 9 points in the second quarter, Lodi’s Meredith Gallagher hit a 3-pointer from the corner at the first-half buzzer to pull the Blue Devils within 6 points at halftime, 20-14.
Despite the commanding lead throughout much of the first half, the Storm couldn’t seem to get shots to drop, shooting 32 percent from the field, including 2 of 10 on 3-pointers. Stangel missed 10 of her 13 first-half shots. Kleiman led Kewaunee with 8 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists in the first half.
Kewaunee’s only loss was to Algoma, 49-46 early in the season, but avenged that loss, 48-36, later in the season. The Storm also beat Division 2 state qualifier Green Bay Notre Dame, 51-47.