Meeting number-one went to Onalaska. Game two going to Central. But all that matters in the end is what happens tonight. M-V-C clash in the sectional semifinals. TAKE VO WIAA BOYS BASKETBALL SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL – DIVISION 2 A sold out Logan High School hosting this meeting of top-four teams in the state. Midway through the first. Central up 16-7 when Johnny Davis goes through contact and finishes the bucket. Everything seeming to go Central’s way . big man Terrance Thompson knocks down this uncontested shot. Central would lead at the half 37-29. Onalaska came out with a sense of urgency in the second half. This three by Noah Skifton brings the Hilltopers to within six. 38-32. Skifton would get hot. He hits another three for Onalaska to cut the lead to just three points and forcing a Central timeout. He had a game-high 27 points. But, it would be Johnny Davis taking over for Central. He takes on two defenders and finishes with the foul. Red Raiders back up 10. Not even a minute later. It would be Johnny taking it full court off an Ona miss to lay it in smoothly with the left. Plus, the foul! He had 24 and led Central in scoring. Central once again on the doorsteps to a trip to Madison. They beat Onalaska 74-60. We put on for I don’t know how many people and you know just to come out here and get a win in the sectional semi-final game is huge for us. SECTIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP – DIVISION 2 AT STEVENS POINT SATURDAY, PM So Saturday it will be Central versus Marshfield with a trip to state on the line. Game scheduled for one p-m at Stevens Point. WIPE VO A Scenic Bluffs showdown in Division five as Bangor takes on Royall. Cardinals swept the regular season series. The Panthers getting out in front early as Jaydyn Enzenbacher finishes with the left hand. The Cardinals picking up the defensive intensity as Trevor Jones gets the steal and takes it in for the bucket and the foul. Bangor with the 14-11 lead. Just under a minute and a half left in the first, Drew Johnson gets it inside for the hoop and the harm. Cardnals lead 36-21 at the half. Royall trying to stick around as Dane Hyer knocks down the step back. But the Scenic Bluff champs just too much tonight as Johnson hits the baseline jumper. For the third straight season Bangor will play in the sectional championship game. winning tonight 75-50. We knew they were gonna give it their best shot, they had nothing to lose. So we really had to come out with a hard mentality that we were gonna take their best shot I think we play really great as a team. Our communication was on point. Our bench was screaming. We were all getting into it and thats what you like to see in the playoffs. Bangor gets the winner of this game…. Southwestern knocks off top-seeded Seneca 67-66 in double overtime. Bangor versus Southwestern Saturday at seven p-m at Logan High School. Welcome back. Falling just short of a state title last year. Aquinas head coach Dave Donarski hoping his team is more confident and more relaxed this go-around. TAKE VO WIAA GIRLS BASKETBALL STATE SEMIFINAL – DIVISION 4 Undefeated and number-one ranked Aquinas facing Crandon in the state semifinal game. Blugolds would jump out to a huge lead…..Jessa Peterson open from downtown….gives Aquinas the 9 point advantage. Big game from Taylor Theusch….top of the key….drops the 3….. Sophomore isn’t done yet….receives the pass in the corner…another triple….she had 13 points in the first half…. Aquinas ends the half on a 9-0 run….Kyah Steiner inside for the bucket…,..43-19 lead at halftime Then an 11-oh run to begin the second half…..Whittni Rezin good from behind the arc…. STATE SEMIFINAL – DIVISION 4 AQ SHOOTS 50% FG Aquinas advances to Saturday’s championship game. winning big 75-38. take inter With more. here is News 8’s Bryan McLoone live in Green Bay. Hello Gregg…another dominatinng
performance by Aquinas…they met their season average in points with 75….playing most of the first half without leading scorer Lexi Donarski who was in foul trouble. So it was defense and balannced scoring attack…..Blugolds caused 29 turnovers…leading to 36 points….and 5 players on the team had double digit efforts on the offensive end. Obviously we are a lot better when Lexi is on the court. But we all just knew that we needed to step up when she is not on the court. We all just had to distribute some of of that. The truth be told. We have been blesseed to have great balance. And we were successful in that. Tonight look at our scoring. That type of balance is hard to prepare for. Taylor Theusch had had a really nice first half along with Kyah. And it just kept rolling from there. The defense started it and then our balance took over. The other D-four state semifinal. undefeated Melrose-Mindoro versus Manitowoc Lutheran. Mel-Min…not scared of the moment….Emily Herzberg will hit the 3…Mustangs out to a 9-0 run The fast start will continue….Herzberg and Calette Lockington hook up for the give and go….11-0 Later on…off the Lockington misss….Mesa Byom there for the rebound….hoop and teh foul…..Byom had 11 points, 12 boards But the big name was Herzberg….gets another 3 to go down from the wing….. number 40 open all game long…..She hit 4 triples…..game high 20 points…. STATE SEMIFINAL – DIVISION 4 MANITOWOC LUTH. And Melrose-Mindoro rolls in their game. some state debut for that program. winnning 64-30. take inter Let’s go back live to Green Bay to News 8’s Bryan McLoone. All season long Melrose Mindoro wanted to be in this position. Not only are they playing for a state title…but now they get a chance to play the last team that beat them. Mustangs season came to an end in the sectional semifinal last season by Aquians. Now the two teams meet up again….and Mel-Min is looking for some revenge. WIPE SOT And with that it will be an all-Coulee Region Division four state championship game. 27-and-oh Melrose-Mindoro versus 27-and-oh Aquinas. DBX STORE 2 CG DBLBOX STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL GREEN BAY Game will be played right here at the Resch Center Saturday at . Reporting in Green Bay, Bryan McLoone, News 8. back to you Gregg. Thanks Bryan. Tomorrow Bangor faces Clayton at approximately a-m. Also tonight. in the NBA. Timberwolves lose to the Celtics. We’ll be right back.