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WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Preview....Division 2

Thursday, March 7th, 2024 -- 9:43 AM


The 48th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place today-Saturday 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 2 field.....

Friday, March 8
#1 Pewaukee (27-1) vs. #4 West Salem (24-4) - 1:35 p.m.
#2 Notre Dame (27-1)  vs. #3 Wauwatosa East (23-5)*

Saturday, March 9
Division 2 Championship Game - 6:35 p.m.

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


ABOUT THE DIVISION 2 FIELD:  Pewaukee, the State runner-up the past two seasons, is the top seed in the bracket. The Pirates are State bound for the fourth time overall and for the fourth straight season, but it will be the third time the Pirates will actually experience the tournament after qualifying in 2020 prior to the cancellation of games because of the COVID-19 pandemic. They defeated Beaver Dam 77-61 in the Watertown Sectional final to earn another attempt at the title. The Pirates were the champions in the West Division of the Woodland Conference this season. Three-time defending champion Notre Dame returns to the tournament as the #2 seed. The Tritons are making their fourth consecutive appearance and their 11th overall. They are on the brink of history, attempting to become the only program in State Tournament history to win four consecutive championships. The Tritons have six State titles overall. In addition to the past three seasons, the Tritons won the gold trophy in the program’s first-ever appearance at State in 2001 and then earned back-to-back titles in 2013-14. They also added a runner-up finish in 2005. Prior to joining the WIAA, the Tritons were the Division 1 runners-up in 1994 as a former member of WISAA. This season, they are the champions of the Fox River Classic Conference and return to the State semifinals following a convincing 82-37 win over Menomonie in the Wausau East Sectional final. Third-seeded Wauwatosa East will be experiencing State for the third time and for the first time in 43 years. The Red Raiders won the Class A championship the last time they qualified for the tournament in 1981. This season, they placed third in the Greater Metro Conference. They paved their way to the Resch Center through the Whitefish Bay sectional, which culminated with a 59-44 win over Union Grove in the final. Fourth-seeded West Salem returns to State for the second year in a row after qualifying in Division 3 in 2023, which resulted in a loss in the semifinals. The Panthers are making their fifth appearance in the history of the program. Each of the previous four experiences have resulted in a loss in semifinals. They are the champions of the Coulee Conference this season, and they are the representatives advancing out of the Baraboo Sectional following a 65-61 win over McFarland in the final.

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