RICE LAKE – Stephany Heggemeier did what she usually does and that is score in bunches. Heggemeier scored 20 points, eclipsing 1,000 points as a junior (1,011), but it was a teammates contribution and personal accomplishment on Thursday night that may be the reason the Owen-Withee girls basketball team is headed to the Division 5 sectional finals.
Freshman Holly Hettlestad came off the bench and scored a season-high 11 points as the Blackhawks downed Turtle Lake 66-54 in a WIAA Division 5 secional semifinal in Rice Lake.
Owen-Withee finds themselves in the same position as last season. The Blackhawks will face South Shore in a sectional final on Saturday in Spooner. A season ago South Shore ended O-W’s season in Spooner in the sectional finals with a 61-53 victory.
In all the Blackhawks had five players in double figures on Thursday, as Bailey Karaba had 12 points and six steals, Whitney Baehr had 11 points and 14 rebounds and Hayley Bunnell added 10 points.
“Whitney Baehr had four putbacks tonight on offensive rebounds tonight and that was big,” Blackhawks coach Al Guthman said. “We got five kids in double figures which is tremendous.”
Turtle Lake cut the O-W lead to two at halftime, but Owen-Withee pulled away in the third to extend the lead to 49-39.
“We swtitched our defense halfway through the third quarter,” Guthman said. “We took off our press. It wasn’t as affective as it should have been, as they got some easy buckets over the top. We switched to straight man and did a much better job.”
TURTLE LAKE (54): Taylor Schneider 23,Mariah Dietrich 2, Makenzie Gehrman 4, Nadia Alexander 9, Dana West 12, Tasha Henck 4.
OWEN-WITHEE (66): Brittany Schwark 2, Stephany Heggemeier 20, Bailey Karaba 12, Holly Hatlestad 11, Whitney Baehr 11, Hayley Bunnell 10.
3-pointers: Turtle Lake 3, (Schnedier 3); O-W 2, (Hadlestad 2); Free throws: TL 11-20; O-W 16-31.
Records: Owen-Withee 21-5; Turtle Lake 16-8.
Neillsville 45, Arcadia 26
OSSEO – The top-seeded Warriors are within a win of a third-straight trip to the state tournament after the sectional semifinal win.
Neillsville (25-0) faces Hayward (22-2) Saturday at River Falls.