Amherst, NL win regional championships
Two area teams are still alive in the WIAA state girls’ basketball tournament.
Amherst and New London won Division 4 and Division 2 regional championships, respectively, March 8, while Wild Rose came up short in Division 4.
Amherst defeated Menasha St. Mary Central 58-39 and the 20-4 Falcons will take on 22-2 Algoma, the defending Division 4 state champion, at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 13, in a sectional semifinal in Seymour. New London picked up a 54-38 win over Hortonville and the 19-4 Bulldogs will play 16-7 Merrill at 7 tonight in Stevens Point. Wild Rose saw its season come to an end with a 43-20 loss at Markesan.
Amherst 58, St. Mary Central 39
AMHERST – Jaimee Pitt’s game-high 22 points helped lead the Falcons to a win over the Zephyrs.
Amherst led 15-6 after one quarter and Pitt scored 13 points in the second quarter as the Falcons took a 32-18 lead into the locker room at halftime.
Both teams scored 12 points in the third quarter before Amherst outscored the Zephyrs 14-9 in the final period.
Brooke Groholski also finished in double figures for Amherst with 12 points, while Andrea Arenz led St. Mary Central with 11.
New London 54, Hortonville 38
NEW LONDON – The Bulldogs outscored the Polar Bears 11-4 in the first quarter and 11-7 in the second to take a 22-11 halftime lead. New London also outscored the visitors 14-10 in the third quarter and 18-17 over the final eight minutes.
Amber Pethke and Mickey Roland led the Bulldogs with 12 and 11 points, respectively, while Brie Lippert led Hortonville with 10.
Markesan 43, Wild Rose 20
MARKESAN – Markesan held the Wildcats’ top two scorers – Karina Marchan and Johanna Shepherd – to a combined one point.
The Hornets outscored Wild Rose 14-5 in each of the first two quarters before holding the Wildcats to one point in the third quarter and nine in the fourth.
Makayla Muntner led Wild Rose with six points, while Brandi Bender had 11 to lead Markesan.