Lena, Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball teams win regional titles

Five other area teams lose in quest to win championship
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NEW Media Staff

Saturday, Feb. 21

Bonduel

Bonduel’s red hot season came to an abrupt end with a 47-30 loss to Laconia in the regional finals.

Lena

Lena was crowned regional champs as they upended Florence 48-29. The Wildcats carried both halves, 18-13 before the break and 30-16 after the break.

Madilyn Thomson led Lena with 17 points, while Eva Brooks added 13.

The two girls flipped in the rebounds category, with Brooks leading with 14 and Thomson pulling down 10. Brooks had three assists, while she and Kali Fischer each had four steals.

Oconto Falls

A second half comeback fell short, as No. 3 seed Oconto Falls lost 49-43 to No. 2 seed Freedom for the regional title.

Freedom led 28-18 at the break. Oconto Falls fought back and won the second half 25-21, but it wasn’t enough to pull out the victory.

Maddy Maloney led the Panthers with 14 points, while Rylie Shallow and Amber Otto each scored 10. Kati Raddatz scored three, and Brynn Hodkiewicz, Kendra Staidl and Morgan Moynihan each had two.

Pulaski

Pulaski faced off against Fox River Classic Conference foe Green Bay Southwest for the regional final and saw their season end with a 55-36 loss.

Shawano

Shawano failed to carry the momentum from the previous night and lost the regional final 88-37 to Notre Dame.

Shawano was behind 50-25 at the break and was then outscored 38-12 in the second half.

Leah Nordin led the Hawks with 15 points. Also scoring were Abby Bystol with seven, Ella Stuber with five, Brynlie Boyles with four, Trinity Popelka with three, Natalie Bystol with two and Marissa Tomashek with one.

Nordin set the pace with six rebounds, Tomashek and Boyles each had two assists, and Nordin and Braylyn Babino each had two steals.

Witt-Birn wins regional title

Wittenberg-Birnamwood defeated Menominee Indian to capture the regional championship. The final score was 66-36.

Friday, Feb. 20

Pulaski

Pulaski, the No. 7 seed in its Division 2 playoff bracket, upset No. 2 seed Marinette 46-45 in a nail-biter.

Pulaski led 26-22 at halftime, but Marinette battled back with a 23-20 second half, but it was still one point short of sending the game into overtime.

Olivia Sprangers led the Red Raiders with 17 points, and Ellie Mangold chipped in 13.

Lena

The No. 1 seed Lena girls basketball team showed why they are No. 1 as they rolled over No. 8 Oneida Nation 71-55 in the Division 5 Sectional 2 playoff game.

Eva Brooks’ 31 points and Madilyn Thomson’s 26 were enough to surpass the entire Oneida Nation team. Kali Fischer added another eight, and Whitney Potter scored six.

Brooks pulled down 14 boards and Thomson had another 10. Fischer led the team with four assists, and Brooks led with four steals.

Lena led 39-33 before the break, and won the second half as well, 32-22.

Gillett

Gillett lost 54-27 to No. 3 seed Wabeno/Laona in the second round of regional playoff action.

Oconto Falls

Oconto Falls, seeded at No. 3, had little trouble disposing of No. 11 seed Clintonville to advance to the regional finals.

The Panthers controlled the game from the start, leading 24-13 at halftime and extending their lead with a 26-10 second half.

Bonduel

Number 3 seed Bonduel trampled No. 6 Oconto 70-23 to advance to the regional final in the Division 4 Sectional 2 postseason bracket.

Leading 40-9 at the break, the Bears added 16 points to their margin of victory with a 30-14 second-half performance.

Shawano

Shawano’s Leah Nordin scored 17 points as she surpassed the 1,000-point mark of her high school career in the Hawks’ Division 1 regional win over New London. The No. 5 Hawks defeated No. 4 New London 59-34.

Nordin entered the game with 999 points, and left it with 1,016. Abby Bystol scored 11 points, including three 3-pointers

Nordin led her team with 15 rebounds, and Bystol pulled down 13. Nordin, Bystol and Trinity Popelka each recorded four assists.

Witt-Birn

Wittenberg-Birnamwood controlled the tempo of the Division 3 Sectional 2 regional game against Waupaca and won 59-26. Waupaca was seeded No. 8, while the Chargers were No. 1.

Menominee Indian

Menominee Indian, the No. 4 seed in the Division 3 Sectional 2 bracket, defeated No. 5 seed Amherst 46-43 to advance to the regional championship game.

Tuesday, Feb. 20

Pulaski

Pulaski opened its postseason play with a 54-38 win over No. 10 seed Antigo in a Division 2 Sectional 1 regional game.

Maggie Lardinois led the No. 7 seed Red Raiders with 19 points, with Ellie Mangold pitching in 11. Lily Urban and Olivia Sprangers each scored nine, while Lydia Gwidt, Alissa Nischke and Ella Hasser each added two.

Marion

Marion’s season ended with a 75-15 loss to Athens. The Mustangs were seeded 13th, while Athens was fourth in the Division 5 Sectional 2.

Lena

Number one seed Lena strutted their stuff in the opening round of the Division 5 Sectional 2 playoff game.

The Wildcats pummeled No. 16 White Lake 86-2.

Madilyn Thomson led Lena with 16 points, as Kali Fischer and Eva Brooks each chipped in 12.

Hannah Thomson pulled down seven rebounds, Haley Van Ark had five assists, and Whitney Potter led with five steals.

Bowler

Isabella Stevens scored 28 points, but even that performance couldn’t bring the No. 9 seed Panthers back from a 35-12 deficit after the first half against No. 8 seed Oneida Nation.

By the time the final buzzer sounded to end Bowler’s season, they were on the losing end of a 70-50 final score.

Gresham

The season came to a surprising end for No. 5 seed Gresham as they were upset 54-46 by No. 12 seed Green Bay NEW Lutheran in the opening round of the Division 5 Sectional 2 bracket.

Suring

Suring found itself trailing Florence throughout the Division 5 Sectional 2 playoff game. Down 27-16 at the half, the No. 13 Suring team lost 59-41 to No. 4 seed Florence.

Gillett

The No. 5 seed Gillett Tigers jumped all over No. 11 Wausaukee in the opening round of the Division 5 Sectional 2 regional game. Gillett won 67-14 and moved on to play at No. 3 Wabeno/Laona after they defeated No. 14 Goodman/Pembine 68-10.