County girls' hoops teams begin regional play TuesdayRegional tournaments from high school girls basketball get underway across the state tonight. All of Pierce County's teams except Prescott will be on the road.
By: Sean Scallon, Pierce County Herald
Regional tournaments from high school girls basketball get underway across the state tonight at 7 p.m. All of Pierce County's teams except Prescott will be on the road.
The Cardinals are the No. 2 seed in its regional despite their 8-14 record and the fact they've won only one game in their last eight. PHS is hoping playing a tough schedule will help it in a Division 3 Somerset Regional that only features two teams with winning records, No. 1 seeded St. Croix Central, 13-8. fresh off an upset win over Boycevile, and No. 3 seeded St. Croix Falls, also 13-8.
Prescott will more than likely play SCF in the regional semifinals if both teams can get past their first round opposition, which for the Redbirds is Webster, 7-13 overall. The Tigers will be led by the Lakeland West Conference second leading scorer, Michelle Gibbs, averaging 13.7 points per game.
I the same Division 3 regional St. Croix Central hosts No. 8 seed Spring Valley, 5-17 overall. The Cardinals took the Panthers down to the wire the last time they played. Central only won by a 36-35 score. The winner of this game gets either Clear Lake, 8-14 overall, or Glenwood City, 5-15 in the 4-5 seed match-up.
The Division 2 Spring Valley Regional is forcing teams to earn their way to sectionals. Middle Border Conference champ Durand, 16-6 overall, is only a No. 3 seed in this regional. Ellsworth has to travel to Altoona as the No. 5 seed to take on a similar 13-9 squad in Altoona, the No. 4 seed. The Railroaders are led in scoring by Ariel Gillespe, who averages nine points per game and scored 13 to lead her club in 52-47 loss to Spencer last week. Altoona plays the usually tough Cloverbelt Conference.
The winner has the unenviable task of play up at No. 2 seeded Rice Lake, who finished second in the Division 1-school Big Rivers Conference with a 10-2 mark (17-5 overall). The Warriors' Alyssa Anderson led her team with 21 points in a win over Ashland last week.
In Division 4 action, in the Durand Regional, Elmwood, 3-16 overall, the No. 7 seed, is at No. 2 seeded Chippewa Falls McDonell, 9-13 overall, while No. 8 seed Plum City will look for its first win of the season at No. 1 seed Eleva-Strum, 14-8 overall, the Dairyland Conference Large Division champion.
438 girls’ high school basketball teams will begin their quest for a state title tonight. Thirty-seven other teams will have first-round byes – including one of last year’s four divisional champions, Milwaukee Vincent. The other returning champs – Grafton, Amherst, and Menasha Saint Mary's will all play in tonight’s first round, and none have the top seeds in their brackets. Saint Mary's is seeded the lowest at number-five.
Tonight’s winners will advance to the next round on Thursday.
Meanwhile, the final girls’ AP poll came out yesterday. De Pere is atop Division-One, followed by Milwaukee Vincent, Nicolet, and Beaver Dam. Monroe leads Division-Two, after moving up from the second spot. Freedom dropped to second, and Columbus is third. Cuba City topped the Division-Three for the entire season. Brillion and Osseo-Fairchild are second-and-third. Minong Northwood is the AP’s final number-one in Division-Four. Wausau Newman and Black Hawk are second and third.