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WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Preview....Division 5

Wednesday, March 6th, 2024 -- 10:04 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 5 field.....

Friday, March 8
#1 Argyle/Pecatonica (26-1) vs. #4 Albany/Monticello (25-3) - 9:05 a.m.
#2 Lena (27-2) vs. #3 Clear Lake (26-3)*

Saturday, March 9
Division 5 Championship Game - 11:05 a.m.

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


ABOUT THE DIVISION 5 FIELD:  The Argyle/Pecatonica co-op is the bracket’s #1 seed. The program qualifies for the State Tournament for the first time. Pecatonica, as a stand-alone program, had five trips to State and advanced to the championship game in each of those experiences, including back-to-back championships in 1993 and 1994, and  runner-up finishes in 1992, 2001 and 2002. The Orioles are the champions of the East Division of the Six Rivers Conference this season. They navigated through the Portage Sectional, capped by a 59-46 win over Cochrane-Fountain City in the final to advance to State. Lena, seeded second, will make its fourth appearance at State and the first since 1991 when the Wildcats finished runner-up in Division 4. Their most notable result at State was being crowned the Class C champion in 1980. The Wildcats are the champions of the Marinette & Oconto Conference this season. They downed Pittsville 66-57 in the Antigo Sectional final to return to State for the first time in 33 seasons. Third-seeded Clear Lake qualifies for State for the third time. The Warriors fell in the Division 4 semifinals in 1997, and they qualified again in 2020, but didn’t participate  because the tournament was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This season, the Warriors are the champions of the West Division of the Lakeland Conference. They earned a berth in the State semifinals with a 60-38 win over Owen-Withee in the Hudson Sectional final. Fourth-seeded Albany/Monticello makes the co-op’s first appearance in the State Tournament this year after Albany had its  first experience as a stand-alone program at State last season, which resulted with a loss in the semifinals. Monticello also has a history in the State Tournament as a stand-alone program, winning the Division 4 championship in their only appearance in 1991. The Comets advance to the State semifinals this season with a 47-45 triumph over Assumption in the Hartford Sectional final. Albany/Monticello was the runner-up in the East Division of the Six Rivers Conference this season behind top-seeded Argyle/Pecatonica.

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