Prep basketball Formidable Four: Panthers eager for postseason

Prep basketball Formidable Four: Panthers eager for postseason

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Prep basketball Formidable Four: Panthers eager for postseason

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The regular season comes to a close on Friday for the Reedsville boys basketball team and the Panthers couldn’t be any happier.

Once Reedsville (12-9, 9-8 Olympian Conference) finishes its game against visiting Manitowoc Lutheran (9-12, 7-10 OC) it’ll officially be postseason time, a time when the Panthers have shined of late.

In each of the last two seasons, Reedsville has knocked off a No. 1 seed in the WIAA Boys State Division 4 Basketball Tournament while being a six seed in 2013 and No. 8 in 2012. Panthers coach Steve Brooks credits his team’s postseason form to playing in a tough Olympian Conference.

“We consider it a matter of pride,” Brooks said of being one of the smaller schools in the OC. “We have to fight like crazy to break even in the Olympian so we’re playing games a bit more level in the tournament.”

Brooks and company will begin the postseason on Tuesday against a familiar conference foe as the No. 5 seeded Panthers host No. 12 St. Mary Central (4-16, 2-15). Despite Reedsville having swept the season series with the Zephyrs, Brooks isn’t looking past them.

“I’m concerned about playing St. Mary Central again,” Brooks said. “We can’t afford to look too far ahead but I know the guys have the been through this before.”

One reason Brooks is confident is his squad is completely comprised of seniors.

“All of our kids were part of last years squad so they know very well you need to win or you don’t keep going, they recognize what’s at stake,” Brooks said.

It’s also not lost on Brooks Reedsville will have to more than likely face another No. 1 seed in Brillion (14-7, 12-5) should another deep playoff run be in the cards, something he had hoped to avoid with a higher seed. The coach feels despite being a few wins behind No. 3 seed Shiocton (14-6, 10-3 Central Wisconsin Eight Conference), the Panthers have played a tougher schedule than the Chiefs.

“Honestly, I was a bit disappointed (when he saw the seeds),” Brooks added. “The Central Wisconsin Conference doesn’t play the same type of competition. We’re in the same spot as before, we have no control over who we play, we just need to beat the teams in our bracket.”

Formidable Four
Boys
1. Roncalli (20-1, 17-0)
2. Valders (18-3, 14-3)
3. Reedsville (12-9, 9-8)
4. Two Rivers (12-9, 7-6)
Girls
1. Reedsville (17-2, 13-2)
2. Two Rivers (16-3, 10-2)
3. Man. Lutheran (12-6, 11-4)
4. Kiel (11-8, 7-4)

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