Champions crowned at state girls' basketball tourney
MADISON - The WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament concluded with Saturday's championship games at the Kohl Center.
Milwaukee Pius XI went on a 9-0 run in the second half, pulling away from De Pere for a 34-23 victory in the Division 1 girls state basketball championship game. It was the lowest-scoring title contest in the state tournament's history. Junior Julia Borsari scored seven of the nine points during the important rally, finishing the game with a dozen. This was the first WIAA championship for Pius, but the school had won 18 titles in the Wisconsin Independent Schools Athletic Association. The Lady Popes finished with a record of 26-3.
Sophomore guard Nicole Bauman scored a game-high 22 points to lead New Berlin Eisenhower past Winneconne 59-50 in the Division 2 state championship game. Eisenhower did a lot of its damage from the free throw line, hitting 21-of-26. Eisenhower tied the score on a layup with five minutes to go, 46-all, and all the rest of the points scored came from the charity stripe. Despite the loss, it was a great season for Winneconne. The appearance in the title game was the first in school history and the Wolves had won only 10 games the year before.
Undefeated Cuba City won its ninth state championship with a 53-40 win over Oostburg Saturday night. Danielle Matuszak led the way with 17 points and 11 rebounds in the Division 3 championship game in the Kohl Center. Over the last six years Cuba City has played for the title five times, compiling an astounding 158-3 record in those six seasons. Oostburg cut the lead to four points early in the final period, but the Cubans went on a 9-2 run and finished the season with a 29-0 record. Senior center Katie Langmeier scored eight of her 15 points during the final period. Cuba City won every game by at least 11 points this season.
Wausau Newman used a stifling full-court press to rip Black Hawk 64-30 in the Division 4 state championship game. Wausau Newman led by just one point after the first period, 17-16, but Black Hawk was outscored 47-14 the rest of the way. Junior center Taylor Thomas had five steals in the first half alone as Newman clamped down. It was the second state title for the Cardinals who finished with 26 wins in 28 games.