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WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Preview....Division 4

Tuesday, March 5th, 2024 -- 10:18 AM


The 48th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday-Saturday, March 7-9, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The State Tournament will be televised live in our area on WAOW Wausau, WXOW La Crosse, and WQOW Eau Claire.


Here's a preview of the Division 4 field.....

Thursday, March 7
Division 4
#1 Laconia (26-2) vs. #4 The Prairie School (25-3) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 McDonell Catholic (25-2) vs. #3 Cuba City (24-4)*

Championship Final - Saturday, March 9
Approx. 15 minutes following Div. 5 championship game

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.


ABOUT THE DIVISION 4 FIELD: Defending champion Laconia is the top seed in the bracket. The Spartans are making their fourth appearance at State overall, all coming in the last six seasons. In each of the three previous trips to the tourney, they have advanced to the championship game. They finished runner-up in 2019 and in 2022. The Spartans return to the semifinals this season by defeating Sheboygan Lutheran 69-58 in the Oshkosh West Sectional final. They are the champions of the Flyway Conference this season. McDonell Catholic, last year’s Division 5 champion, moves up a division in pursuit of a second straight championship. The Macks are seeded second in the bracket. They make their fourth consecutive State Tournament appearance, which accounts for their overall number of appearances as well. Their first two experiences resulted in losses in the Division 5 semifinals. The Macks qualify this season with a 58-38 victory over Fall Creek in the sectional final held at Eau Claire North. They finished the regular season this year as champions in the Western Division of the Cloverbelt Conference. Prior to joining the fall of WIAA 2000-2001, the Macks most notable finish as a member of WISAA was a runner-up finish in Division 2 in 2000. Third-seeded Cuba City makes its membership-leading 17th appearance at State and its first since 2015. The Cubans have also won more State titles than any other program with 11, winning championships in 1977, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2015. They also have a runner-up finish in 2009. The Cubans won the Southwest Wisconsin Activities League title this season and advanced to State through the Wisconsin Dells Sectional with a 67-52 win over Neillsville in the final. The Prairie School, the #4 seed, will be making its third State Tournament appearance. The first time they qualified was in 2004, which resulted in a championship. They lost in the semifinals in their only other experience in 2013. The Hawks are back in the semifinals after trouncing Winnebago Lutheran 71-21 in the Oconomowoc Sectional final. They are the champions of the Metro Classic Conference this season.

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