Hortonville girls’ basketball beats defending champs
Macy McGlone scores 20
By Erik Buchinger
The Hortonville girls’ basketball team defeated the two-time defending Division 1 state champs Appleton North 63-44 at home on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Hortonville’s Macy McGlone finished with a game-high 20 points, and Aliyah Schmidt added 18.
“North is always a team to beat, but we came out tonight and just played,” McGlone said. “We wanted it so bad, we played so hard and aggressive. Even when we made a mistake, we came back around and we made the tough shots. We got the rebounds when we needed to get rebounds.”
Hortonville held a single-digit lead the majority of the game and went into halftime ahead 27-22.
The Polar Bears went ahead by double digits with seven minutes left and pulled away over the final few minutes of the game.
McGlone said the Polar Bears were focused and ready to play going into the game.
“In the locker room, everyone was super hyped,” McGlone said. “Before the game, we were super excited. I think our warm-ups were a little bit crazy, but I felt like they had a good energy to them.”
Hortonville had lost five consecutive games to Appleton North over the past few seasons coming into this game.
“Obviously it’s a different team, but it feels great because we finally beat North,” McGlone said. “They’re still good. They’ve still got some really good players. Even if they’re not the same team they used to be, they’re still really good and we’re so glad we beat them.”