Bay Port’s first ever girls basketball state title came in dramatic fashion Saturday in Green Bay’s Resch Center.
Emma Nagel drove to the basket and hit a layup with 2.4 seconds remaining in regulation, lifting the Pirates to a 50-49 victory against Middleton in the Division 1 state championship game.
Nagel finished with 11 points, one point behind team leaders McKenzie Johnson and Emma Krueger. Middleton was led by Josie Lemirande, who notched 14. Lemirande hit a 3-pointer with 37 seconds left to give the Cardinals the lead Nagel extinguished.
Make it three straight state titles for Beaver Dam girls basketball.
The Golden Beavers had three players score in double digits, led by Tara Stauffacher with 15, and never trailed in a 65-46 Division 2 title game victory against Monroe.
Paige Schumann added 14 and Maty Wilke had 10 for Beaver Dam, which was able to best Monroe thanks to a three percent advantage in field goals and frequent trips to the charity stripe. Stauffacher was particularly lethal in that area, hitting all 10 of her free throw attempts.
Monroe’s Sydney Hilliard led all scorers with 23 points.
The Marshall Cardinals defended their Division 3 WIAA state title with a 64-56 victory over the Laconia Spartans.
Sophomore Anna Lutz led the way for the Cardinals, scoring 26 points and grabbing seven rebounds. She was helped out by sophomores Mia Morel and Laura Nickel who each added 12 points.
It was the end of the road for Laconia’s Kiara Otto who was dealt the first loss of her senior year. She scored a game-high 27 and snagged six rebounds.
For the second year in a row, the Aquinas Blugolds prevailed over the Melrose-Mindoro Mustangs to clinch the Division 4 WIAA state championship.
The Mustangs kept it close early and entered halftime in a three-point hole, but the Blugolds put them away with an 18-1 run out of the break en route to a 65-39 blowout victory.
Junior point guard Lexi Donarski scored a game-high 22 points for the Blugolds while Courtney Becker dominated the paint, grabbing 13 rebounds.
Senior Erika Simmons bowed out of her final high school basketball game with 12 points.
The Black Hawk Warriors avenged their 2018 state finals loss and completed their 2019 perfect season with a 51-36 victory over the Clayton Bears to capture the Division 5 WIAA state championship.
Tied at 21 entering halftime, the Warriors came out of the break scorching hot, outscoring the Bears 30-15 in the second half on 62.5 percent shooting.
Junior Natalie Leuzinger went 10 of 13 from the floor for a game-high 23 points and Bailey Butler scored 19.
Senior Kailey Ketz led Clayton with 13 points while Leslie Alison added 11.