Polar Bears roll to FVA title
Hortonville girls beat East, West
By Greg Seubert
The start was exactly what the Appleton East girls’ basketball team wanted.
The end, however, was a different story.
Hortonville trailed the Patriots 22-7 midway through the first half, but outscored them 29-7 to take a 36-29 halftime lead and went on to post an 80-64 Fox Valley Association win Feb. 11 in front of a full gym at Hortonville High School.
The win, along with a 70-42 victory three days earlier over Appleton West, gave the Polar Bears their second FVA championship in three seasons.
Hortonville 80, Appleton East 64
The Polar Bears didn’t lead in the game until Kamy Peppler’s basket broke a 25-25 tie late in the first half.
Hortonville closed the first half with an 18-4 run that included Lyric Johnson’s basket at the buzzer.
The Polar Bears then outscored the Patriots 44-35 in the second half and led by as many as 25 points.
Hortonville and Appleton East came into the game ranked first and third, respectively, in the latest state Division 1 rankings.
Rainey Welson led the Polar Bears with 22 points, while Kallie Peppler, Johnson and Kamy Pepper also finished in double figures with 19, 14 and 12 points, respectively.
Appleton East’s Emily La Chapell led all scorers with 31 points.
Hortonville 70 Appleton West 42
Hortonville led 36-18 at halftime before outscoring the Terrors 34-24 the rest of the way.
Johnson led the Polar Bears with 16 points, while Mikayla Werner and Kallie Pepper added 11 each.
City Figlinski led the Terrors with 14 points.
Hortonville will wrap up the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17, at Appleton North.