Evening everyone thanks for stopping by. Despite a third place finish this year in the MVC, Onalaska girls basketball — takes the court today as one of four teams left in the chase for the division 2 state crown. The buses to Green Bay up and out early this morning Stoughton’s 24 and 2 on the season. Vikings size showing right out of the gates. Jenna Gardner rebound and putback for a 9-2 lead. Onalaska calms down. The lone senior – Josie Thomas back-to-back three’s – Hilltoppers back within one. Then a nice pass from freshman Mariah Wick to junior Tayla Stuttley. Onalaska up by one. Stoughton leads 25-24 at the break. Hilltoppers come out hot in the second half. Stuttley three-point-play Ona in front 31-27. Stoughton responds with a 11-0 run. Aly Heum jumper — the Vikings build a lead as big as nine. Onalaska comes back and makes the final minute an exciting one. Sophomore Emma Gamoke floater. 5 point game Then Stuttley huge three-pointer to get within one with eight-seconds to play. Stoughton makes two free throws. Stuttley a chance to tie at the buzzer. shot is blocked. Stoughton holds off the Hilltoppers to win 59-56. Stuttley a game-high 30 points. With more on that crazy finish in Green Bay. Here is News 8 Sports Director Gregg Wavrunek. Good evening Charlie. Well, Stoughton showed what their size made them capable of accomplishing in the opening minutes as they jumped out to an early seven point lead. It was simply size, Onalaska has not seen all season. However, the Hilltoppers adjusted, in a game that ended up seeing seven different lead changes. Getting outrebounded by eight in that first three minute stretch, I think that’s where they outrebounded us by eight. I think we kind of composed ourselves, got back and really thought outplayed them honestly for the rest of the game. It’s those first few minutes that we kind of got down, we were a little scrambled. Honestly they played well, I’m not trying to take anything away from Stoughton, don’t get me wrong. But we just didn’t gather rebounds, a few silly turnovers, and a I think a lot of it was just nerves. I don’t think any of my teammates are afraid of anyone taller than them so we just kept doing what we do and attack the basket, try to get fouls which we did. They just outscored us in the end. The Hilltoppers trimmed a nine-point deficit with a minute and a half to play. down to a single point. And ended up with an opportunity to tie the game. The resiliency and the battle that these kids showed those last few minutes, I told them in the locker room I couldn’t be more proud of a group of kids. Told them that I love them all to death. And if there’s anything I could possibly do to take the pain that they feel away, I would. Making the program’s first ever trip to state have many on the team already looking forward to November. And now it’s get it that one more step, get into that championship game and try to win that gold ball. We want to get to that game. I’ll be the first to say it, that’s my expectation next year is to be sitting up here on Saturday with a big smile on my face with these two sitting right here. Put a bullseye on our back, we don’t care. We’re ready for it. Josie Thomas, the only senior who graduates off this Onalaska team, so it is going to be a young and greatly experienced squad that returns for the 2016-17 season. Reporting in Green Bay, Gregg Wavrunek, News 8 Sports. Thanks Gregg. Rushford-Peterson girls trying for a state bid tonight. Need to get by 23-4 Goodhue. Trojans get the early play they wanted. Brianna Koop flies in for the rebound and put back . they lead by 2. But this Goodhue team can score it. Sydney Lodermeier Wildcats plus 20 from this point to finish the half After the break . Koop doing everything she can hoop and the foul. But Goodhue runs away with this thing Taylor Larson here. 17 first half turnovers cost the Trojans. RP – one win short of the state torney. I think the big difference like I said you know turnovers and we knew that coming into this game we couldn’t turn the ball over. There pressure never stops and I think we let our edge down a little bit and they took advantage of it.