- 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.”


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.

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