The state tournament will begin for the Waupaca Comet girls’ basketball team the same way the regular season did: a game against Antigo.
Waupaca received a No. 3 seed in its Division 2 regional and will take on the No. 2 Red Robins at 7 p.m. Friday, March 11, in a regional semifinal in Antigo.
“It definitely helps that we can go back and watch some game film,” coach Brandon Temperly said of his team’s second meeting with Antigo. “They’re going to be an improved team. They like to press and trap, so we’re going to have to be strong with the basketball.”
The Comets wrapped up the regular season Thursday, March 3, with a 58-44 win over Winneconne.
The Wolves took a 14-12 lead into the second quarter, but Waupaca outscored the visitors 17-8 in the second quarter to lead 29-22 at the break.
The Comets pushed the lead to 13 in the third quarter, but Winneconne cut the margin to 45-36 heading into the fourth quarter. The Wolves eventually cut the lead to seven points early in the quarter, but never got any closer.
Kristen Fuss led Waupaca with 16 points, while Lexie Marringa also finished in double figures with 11. Alta Littrell and Ashlie Hoffman chipped in with nine points each. Elle Kosciuk led Winneconne with 16.
“It’s always good to have momentum heading into the tournament,” Temperly said. “We’re going to be working on defense. We held (Winneconne) to 30 last time and tonight, they scored 44. If we can hold teams, we’ll be OK.”
If the Comets defeat the Wolves, they would head to Hortonville at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 12, and likely face the top-seeded New London Bulldogs, a team that defeated Waupaca 56-30 in the Comets’ second game of the season.
“New London is good, but I think we’ll match up with them really well,” Temperly said.