- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

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.”

Oak Creek shot 60.9 percent in the first half. The halftime break did nothing to cool off its shooters. The Knights made four consecutive three-pointers late in the third quarter. That turned an 11-point advantage into a 20-point lead.

In Division 1 girls state tournament history, Kettle Moraine’s 65.7 percent accuracy against Appleton North in 1999 stood as the record. Boyceville in Division 3 held the overall record at 67.5 percent against Wrightstown in 2004.

Kettle Moraine’s 55.6 percent against Franklin in 1999 stood as the best by a Division 1 team in a girls title game. Kimberly in Division 2 held the overall record in a girls championship game at 62.2 percent against Mosinee in 1998.

“Once we get hot, we normally stay hot,” Kostowicz said. “It’s really nice to come out like that. It makes the game so much easier. It makes it so much more fun to play and it usually goes in our favor.”

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