- Associated Press - Saturday, March 22, 2014
Oak Creek defeats Superior for Division 1 title

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Behind the greatest display of shooting in WIAA girls state basketball tournament history, the hot shots from Oak Creek claimed the greatest achievement in the history of the program.

The Knights shot 67.6 percent from the floor - a girls state tournament record - to beat Superior 73-52 and claim their first Division 1 championship on Saturday night at the Resch Center.

“We got off to a great start and they answered right back, but they didn’t seem to have an answer to our offense,” Oak Creek coach Steve Hluchnik said. “I think that was the difference.”

Stephanie Kostowicz scored a team-high 19 points on eight-of-nine shooting from the field. Tamya Sims, who scored 18 points, hit five of eight shots. Katie Finn, who contributed 15, connected on four of five. The Knights hit nine of their 15 three-point tries, good for 60 percent beyond the arc.

Jessica Lindstrom’s 23 points led Superior (24-4). Hailey Kontny added 16 points. The Spartans, whose only lead was 2-0, shot just 32.1 percent and finished 20 points below their season average.

Oak Creek took a quick 11-2 lead behind threes from Jenna Santi and Hannah Settingsgaard. Kostowicz’s layup just before the buzzer gave the Knights an 18-14 lead after the opening quarter. Kostowicz struck again just before the halftime buzzer, capping a 6-0 run that gave the Knights a 36-27 lead at intermission.

“We really chipped into their lead and got the momentum at the beginning of the second quarter but Oak Creek hit some big shots,” Superior coach Phillip Roe said. “They hit a lot of three-pointers. Hats off to them. They’re a very good team.”

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Notre Dame Academy beats DeForest for state title

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Allison LeClaire let her teammates build the lead and then finished things off in a big way to help Green Bay Notre Dame Academy to back-to-back Division 2 state girls basketball championships.

LeClaire scored 24 points and added eight rebounds and Eliza Campbell chipped in 12 points and 11 rebounds as the Tritons held off DeForest 52-42 on Saturday at the Resch Center.

“It feels great,” LeClaire said. “Many teams don’t repeat so I think that’s very cool. We’re happy that we share it with a special team and this is exactly how we wanted to go out in our senior year.”

Notre Dame (27-1) wasted little time taking charge. Olivia Campbell hit a three-pointer from the right wing on the Tritons’ first possession and Eliza Campbell made a three from about the same spot on their next possession to make it 6-0. Another three-pointer from Olivia Campbell helped the Tritons extend the lead to 18-6 after the first quarter.

The Norskies scored nine of the final 11 points of the half to pull within 24-15 at halftime. Kayla Goth hit a runner in transition and a three-pointer to key the rally. DeForest held Notre Dame to one field goal over the final 6:45.

But LeClaire took over in the third quarter. She scored 11 points, including two three-pointers and a three-point play, and her drive and dish set up Tess Gapinski for two free throws that gave the Tritons a 38-26 lead entering the final period.

DeForest rallied one more time. Jordanna Midthun’s three-point play and Goth’s drive pulled the Norskies to within 42-37 with 3:22 to play. Kortni Kohl’s 3-pointer from the top of the key made it 44-40 but the Norskies could get no closer. A Gapinski steal led to a layup by Katelyn Morgan that pushed the lead to 47-40. LeClaire made five of six free throws to seal the victory.

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Kettle Moraine Lutheran wins Division 3 title

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Kettle Moraine Lutheran used six free throws over the last 40 seconds of the game to beat Neillsville 28-23 and capture the Division 3 state championship Saturday at the Resch Center.

The championship is Kettle Moraine’s first as a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association partner school. Neillsville was going for its third straight state title after winning the Division 4 championship in 2012 and taking home the Division 3 title last season.

Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s Andrea Meinert finished with 13 points and 10 rebounds Saturday. Teammate Mikayla Voigt added seven points. But it was an ugly game all around. Kettle Moraine Lutheran (27-1) went 7-for-33 from the field and Neillsville (27-1) was a measly 7-for-46.

“It was a defensive battle, which is pretty obvious,” Kettle Moraine Lutheran coach Jason Walz said. “The pace was slow and there were few possessions and that made every possession valuable. There’s part of this that’s fitting for a championship game. It should be a struggle and it should be a (competitive) game. It was not a thing of beauty.”

The two squads went a combined 0-for-18 from the field before Neillsville’s Katelyn Crothers hit a runner to make it 3-3 seconds before the end of the first quarter. Neillsville went up 11-3 as Taylor Gleisner and Jenny Lindner drained back-to-back three-pointers. Kettle Moraine Lutheran finally hit its first field goal 13 minutes into the game to make it 11-5.

But the Chargers went on a 13-0 run that carried them to a 16-11 lead in the third quarter. Clinging to a 22-21 lead with 37.4 seconds left in the game, Kettle Moraine Lutheran’s Voigt went to the free throw line and drained both attempts. A steal and two free throws by Meinert and two more from Sharla Boehlke clinched it.

Jenny Lindner, a University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee recruit who guided Neillsville to last year’s title, finished with a team-high 13 points Saturday but struggled to put the ball in the basket, going just 3-21 from the field.

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Explosive materials found in Madison; man arrested

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Police say they have arrested a 20-year-old Wauwatosa man after authorities found materials to make explosives in a Madison apartment.

The Madison Police Department says it got a report of suspicious material in an apartment on the 10 block of North Brooks Street on Saturday afternoon.

WISC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1lZTa7vhttp://bit.ly/1lZTa7v ) officers found items and documents indicating the manufacturing of an explosive device. Police seized the materials and stabilized them.

Madison police say there is no ongoing threat to the community. The investigation is ongoing.

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Information from: WISC-TV, http://www.channel3000.comhttp://www.channel3000.com

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