Bay Port’s “awkward” offense sends them to State

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - The WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament begins Thursday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. In Division 1, Bay Port girls’ basketball team returns to State for the first time since 2000.

The way Bay Port advanced on Saturday in the Sectional Finals against Arrowhead is garnering attention. Bay Port won 26-24 in overtime. Yes including overtime.

“I think people who weren’t there didn’t believe the score especially in overtime. They didn’t believe that two teams of high caliber, high offense could score only 11 points in the second half and two points in overtime,” Bay Port Head Coach Kati Coleman said.

The Bay Port Pirates scored five total points in the second half while only allowing Arrowhead to score six points. Bay Port electing to play “stall ball.” They got the lead and then held the ball for long periods of time.

“We don't usually run that kind of offense so it was definitely different and kind of awkward but we just needed to pull them out of a zone so that we could run our offense in a man-to-man and we did that,” Bay Port senior guard Grace Krause said.

After being tied at 24 at the end of regulation, Bay Port then held on to the ball for most of four minute overtime session.

“I don't think that the term 'a win is a win' is ever more important than it was but it really is. All you have to do is score more points than the other team and you are moving on so if it's 10 to 11. If it's 50 to whatever -- it doesn't matter as long as you have more points at this time and at this point in the game that's the ultimate goal,” Coleman said.

With under 10 seconds left in OT, Bay Port junior Raegan McIntyre drove and scored to give the Pirates a 26-24 lead. Arrowhead’s heave at the horn missed to send Bay Port to the State Tournament.

The WIAA reversed a decision to implement a 35-second shot clock for both boys and girls basketball in December ’17.

Bay Port (25-1) will play against Kimberly (23-3) in the Division I State Semifinals on Friday at 8:15 p.m. at the Resch Center in Green Bay.