PC, Prescott take part in regional seminfinals tonightPlum City and Prescott prep girls basketball teams had the best regular season marks in Pierce County and they are the two teams still alive in WIAA regional tournament play.
Plum City and Prescott prep girls basketball teams had the best regular season marks in Pierce County and they are the two teams still alive in WIAA regional tournament play.
Both teams will be in action this evening in the tournament semifinals in their respective Divisions. Tip-off for both games is at 7 p.m.
No. 8 seeded Prescott faces the daunting task of taking on the state's best team in Division 3, Neillsville, inside their spacious fieldhouse. The undefeated Warriors have won 50 games in a row and 74 out of 75 games the past three seasons. They also are the defending state champions. The Warriors moved up a division from 4 to 3 for this year's tournament.
Prescott's defense will face the challenge of trying to stop Neillsville's huge frontline led by 5-11 junior Jenny Linder. She averages 17 points per game, well ahead of her teammates. The Warriors will also have players 5-10 and 6-2 senior center Alleah Voight in the line-up. Senior point guard Lindsey Opelt averages eight points per game.
While Prescott's defense has been very good this season, PHS head coach Luke Kjelland knows the Cardinals, 14-9 overall, will have to generate some offense to pull off the upset.
"We're going to have to hit some jumpers. We're going to need much more offense than we had tonight," Kejelland said after the Cards' 33-26 first round win over Altoona on Tuesday.
Meanwhile No. 2 seeded Plum City, 11-11 overall, will be at home again hosting a regional tournament game. Their Division 5 semifinal match-up is against Cochrane-Fountain City, whom they downed 44-30 during the regular season. C-FC, 13-10 overall, is the No. 3 seed in the regional but was the only team at time of seeding with a winning record.
The Pirates finished second in the Dairyland Conference Small Division behind No. 10 ranked Eau Claire Immanuel Lutheran. C-FC is led by senior 5-9 forward Laura Kramer, who average over 15 points per game. Junior 5-11 foward Nicole Hunger scores nine points per game however no one else on the C-FC roster averages more than four points per game.
The winner of this contest will play either No. 1 seed Eleva-Strum, 12-11 overall, or No. 4 seed Blair-Taylor, 11-12, with higher seed the host Saturday evening starting at 7 p.m. In Division 3, the Prescott-Neillsville winner will play either No. 5 seed Durand or No. 4 Arcadia, also Saturday night at 7.