With Fox Valley Association and regional championships under its belt, the Hortonville girls’ basketball team had plenty of confidence heading into a Division 2 sectional semifinal matchup with Mosinee.
The Polar Bears’ quest for their first trip to state since 1987 ended March 5, however, as the Indians handed Hortonville a 64-56 loss at Wausau East High School.
The Polar Bears never led in the game and didn’t have an answer for Mosinee’s Bailey Schultz, who scored 21 points in the first half alone and finished with 34 on the night.
The Indians took a 17-6 lead into the second quarter, but Hortonville opened the second quarter with a 9-2 run to cut the lead to 19-15.
A pair of Morgan Allen free throws trimmed Mosinee’s lead to 26-25 with just under a minute to go in the first half, but Schultz hit a pair of three-pointers that gave the Indians a 32-27 halftime lead.
Hortonville opened the second half with a 6-2 run to get back to within a point and Shay Frederick’s three-pointer tied the game at 36-36 with 4:02 remaining in the third quarter.
However, Bailey hit another three on the Indians’ next possession and led the rest of the way.
Mosinee took a 44-41 lead into the fourth quarter. The Polar Bears’ Kaila Peterson hit a three-pointer go cut the Indians’ lead to 47-45 early in the fourth quarter, but Hortonville never got any closer and the Indians sealed the win from the free-throw line.
Jenna Jalling led Hortonville with 21 points and the Polar Bears finished the season at 21-4.