Onalaska

Hilltoppers

56

Stoughton

Vikings

59

March 11, 2016, 1:35 pm
  F
Onalaska 24 32 56
Stoughton 25 34 59

It took a parade of free throws and one big stop to lift the Stoughton girls basketball team into its first WIAA state championship game. The Vikings' Hannah Hobson blocked a 3-point attempt by Onalaska's Tayla Stuttley just before the final buzzer Friday afternoon, wrapping up Stoughton's 59-56 victory over the Hilltoppers in a Division 2 semifinal at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon. Kendra Halverson made four free throws in the final 12.5 seconds, part of a Stoughton run of 12-for-14 shooting from the line over the final 2 minutes, 38 seconds of play. Stoughton's final 12 points came on free throws. But Stuttley, a 5-foot, 10-inch junior forward who finished with 30 points and seven rebounds, made it a challenge down the stretch. She sank a 3-point shot with 8 seconds left to cut the lead to 58-57. After Halverson hit her second pair of late free throws, Stuttley took the ball on the deep left wing as the clock ticked down. Stuttley put up a shot that was immediately deflected away by Hobson, starting the celebration. "She's so strong in the post and on the outside too," said Hobson, who covered Stuttley for most of the game. "We just wanted to keep the ball away from her as much as we could." Stoughton (25-2), making only its second state appearance, will play for the championship at 6:35 p.m. Saturday against New Berlin Eisenhower or Green Bay Notre Dame. "I'm very confident in this group ... We're going to play for a gold ball tomorrow, so we're excited," Vikings coach Brad Pickett said. Hobson, a 6-foot senior wing, led the Vikings in scoring with 16 points and added six rebounds and three steals. Halverson, a 5-10 junior wing, finished with 14 points, eight of them scored on free throws, and added seven rebounds. Junior wing Payton Kahl scored 12 points, junior forward Marissa Robson scored eight before fouling out, and senior guard Jenna Gardner added seven. Onalaska also got nine points from sophomore guard Emma Gamoke and nine points and six rebounds from senior forward Josie Thomas. Stoughton went on an 11-o run to open a 38-31 lead with 10 minutes, 43 seconds to go, and held a 52-43 lead with 1:31 to play before Onalaska put on its late run.

Team Stats

Onalaska
FGM
16
3PM
5
FTM
19
FTA
22
PF
21
Stoughton
FGM
18
3PM
1
FTM
22
FTA
29
PF
21

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