Mishicot GBB celebrates first state title in program history
The Indians beat Mineral Point 70-66 to claim the WIAA D4 crown
GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The Mishicot girls basketball team beat Mineral Point 70-66 Friday night to claim the WIAA Division 4 state crown.
The Indians seniors had been dreaming of this day since the 3rd grade. And now - amidst a pandemic - they are able to celebrate. Big.
After a 25-point win in the D4 semifinals Friday morning, Mishicot built a big 1st half lead in the title game.
Kylie Schmidt led the way with 27 points and had a bucket to put the Indians up 39-28 in the first half.
But every time it looked like Mishicot would pull away, the Pointers reeled them back in.
Mineral Point’s Mallory Lindsesy hit back-to-back three pointers to make it a 4-point game in the final minute of the first half.
It was tied with less than a minute and a half to play when Desiree Kleiman hit a go-ahead free throw. In the final 15 seconds Kleiman then had a steal to seal the state triumph. Kleiman scored 16 points in the win.
It was tied with less than a minute and a half to play when Desiree Kleiman hit a go-ahead free throw. In the final 15 seconds Kleiman then had a seal to seal the state triumph. Kleiman scored 16 points in the win.
“It honestly means the world to us 5 seniors,” said Schmidt. “We have cried and had laughs with everyone. And that shows you how much working as a team gets you and how close you can be with your teammates.”
“This many people travel and this many people fall in love with a group of kids that just want to play basketball is emotional, it’s a little bit surreal,” said coach Mike Garceau.
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