GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- The girls state basketball tournament tips off Thursday at the Resch Center and four schools from Northeast Wisconsin will be competing for a gold ball.
Among them, Bay Port is going for back-to-back state titles, while Hortonville, Wrightstown and Mishicot will be looking to win their first state title.
With that in mind, here's a look at each team as it enters the state tournament:
Bay Port (24-2)
- The Pirates are a No. 2 seed in Division 1 and play No. 3 Divine Savior Holy Angels, a team it already beat at home this season ... Since losing senior Emma Nagel to season-ending knee injury, Bay Port is 19-2 ... Sophomore Emma Krueger has become the go-to player for the Pirates, averaging 16 points over the last 10 games with a low of eight points ... Bay Port beat Middleton last year in the state championship; Middleton is the No. 1 seed this season ... Bay Port beat Kimberly 56-34 in the sectional final.
- Senior McKenzie Johnson says: "Definitely helps that we've been there and we know a lot of teams haven't. The atmosphere's different every time, there's different people,different refs there. You just have to come in with the mindset that it's the first game and we can go 1-0 and that's all we can do."
- The Polar Bears are a No. 1 seed in Division 2 and are making their fourth straight trip to state ... Hortonville is 0-4 in the state tournament ... Hortonville's only loss came at Bay Port in the season opener ... Hortonville beat Onalaska 72-68 in the sectional final, its closest margin of victory this season. Hortonville's previously closest margin of victory was 18 points ... Senior post Macy McGlone and sophomore point guard Kamy Peppler have each committed to Milwaukee. ... McGlone averages 17.3 ppg.
- Junior Lexi Day says: "I think our confidence is honestly through the roof. I think we're going into this way more confident than other years and I think that's just coming from getting a lot of huge wins in the playoffs, especially our last game. Knowing that we've been here in the past and it's been a one-and-done kind of thing, but I definitely think we're more prepared this year and I think we have a good shot getting that one seed."
- The No. 2-seeded Tigers enter the Division 3 state tournament without star G Bridget Froehlke who sustained a season-ending knee injury Monday in practice ... Wrightstown beat Sheboygan Falls 54-39 in a sectional final. ... Ella Diny leads Wrightstown in scoring at 23.2 points per game ... Wrightstown reached the state tournament in 2017 and lost to Edgewood ... Wrightstown has won 14 straight games and has scored more than 100 points in two games this season ... Wrightstown averages 79.5 points per game, second in the state.
- Senior Ella Diny says: "Hopefully, we get that gold ball but if we don't we've had a great season up to this point. We're just so proud of everyone; six seniors really put our all into this game. It's been a very memorable season. Like I said, six seniors, we've been playing together so long. IT's just so much fun playing together. I'm honestly not ready for it to end."
- No. 3-seeded Mishicot is making its first state appearance ... Mishicot beat Brookfield Academy 65-45 in a Division 4 sectional final ... Mishicot is led by Kylie Schmidt who's averaging 18.6 ppg and 10.4 rebounds per game, while fellow junior Desiree Kleiman adds 11.8 ppg ... The Indians have won 14 straight games ... Abby Garceau has made 40 of the team's 100 3-pointers this season ...
- Junior Desiree Kleiman says: "Gives me the drive to keep wanting more and more. I can feel the team, too, when we push each other in practice and you can definitely tell nobody wants to be done. Especially throughout the seniors and I play for them, too. I can feel it throughout everyone and I just don't want it to be done."
STATE GIRLS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT
- #1 Middleton (25-1) vs #4 Oconomowoc (22-4) 6:35 p.m.
- #2 Bay Port (24-2) vs #3 Divine Savior Holy Angels (23-3) approximately 8 p.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, 8:20 p.m.
- #1 Hortonville (25-1) vs #4 Oregon (21-5) 1:35 p.m.
- #2 Beaver Dam (23-3) vs #3 Pewaukee (21-5) approximately 3:00 p.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, 6:35 p.m.
- #1 Platteville (25-0) vs #4 Arcadia (23-3) 1:35 p.m.
- #2 Wrightstown (24-2) vs #3 Lake Mills (24-2) approximately 3:00 p.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, 3 p.m.
- #1 Aquinas (24-1) vs #4 Crandon (21-4) 6:35 p.m.
- #2 Melrose-Mindoro (25-1) vs #3 Mishicot (23-3) approximately 8 p.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, 1 p.m.
- #1 Black Hawk (26-0) vs #4 Newman Catholic (22-4) 9:05 a.m.
- #2 Clear Lake (26-0) vs #3 Bangor (25-1) approximately 11 a.m.
Championship Game: Saturday, March 14 at 11:05 a.m.
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