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Xavier knocks W-F girls out of state tournament

The season is over for the Weyauwega-Fremont girls’ basketball team.

Appleton Xavier eliminated the Indians in the second round of the state tournament with a 46-29 win Friday, March 11, in a Division 3 regional semifinal on the Hawks’ home court.

W-F opened the tournament Tuesday, March 8, with a 45-37 win over Winneconne.

Xavier 46, W-F 29

APPLETON – The Hawks forced 26 turnovers and took control of the game with a 17-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter.

The Indians took an 11-8 lead into the second quarter, but the Hawks held W-F to five points in the second quarter and led 20-16 at halftime.

Xavier led 27-23 heading into the fourth quarter and outscored the Indians 9-6 over the final eight minutes.

Morgan Wilson led W-F with seven points, while Jenni Hellweg and Bailey Kapitzke added six each.

The Hawks’ season ended Saturday, March 12, with a 53-50 loss to Freedom in a regional final.

W-F 45, Winneconne 37

WEYAUWEGA – Hellweg scored 12 points and pulled down 11 rebounds as the Indians knocked off the Wolves.

“Jenni has a super-high ceiling for a basketball player,” coach Tim Cullen said. “She has length and speed and does some really nice things. She’s focused and really made some big strides this season.”

Although the Wolves were unable to stop Hellweg, Winneconne stayed within striking distance for most of the game. Carley Winter hit a three-pointer with 2:44 remaining in the game to cut the Indians’ lead to 38-34. The Wolves’ Elle Kosciuk also led all scorers with 17 points.

“We’re a young team and this is the first playoff experience for a lot of the girls,” Cullen said. “Maybe there was too much emotion.”

W-F hit 12 of 14 free throws in the fourth quarter after missing six of seven the first three quarters.

“It’s survival at this point of the season,” Cullen said. “It’s a one-game-at-a-time mentality. We survived.”

Macey Schoenick had six points for the Indians, while Wilson added eight and Ellen Schroeder chipped in with seven off of the bench.

W-F finished its season 14-9.

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