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Girls' state basketball tournament starts tonight

The girls' state high school basketball playoffs begin in earnest tonight (Tuesday).

There will be 440 teams in action in four divisions.

Two of the four defending champions have first-round byes -- Milwaukee Vincent in Division 1 and Grafton in Division 2.

Division 3 Cuba City will play this evening, as will Division 4 champion Flambeau.

In all, 25 schools have first-round byes, including all nine top seeds in Division 1.

Ten of the 16 top seeds have already advanced in Division 2, along with three each in Divisions 3 and 4.