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WIAA Girls State Basketball Tournament Preview....Division 1

Friday, March 8th, 2024 -- 8:10 AM


The 48th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament continues 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 1 field.....

Friday, March 8
Division 1
#1 Arrowhead (25-3) vs. #4 Franklin (20-8) - 6:35 p.m.
#2 Hartford (26-2) vs. #3 Neenah (23-5)*

Championship Final - Saturday
Approx. 15 minutes following Div. 2 championship game

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


ABOUT THE DIVISION 1 FIELD:  Top-seeded Arrowhead is making its 11th appearance at State and its first since 2018. The Warhawks have claimed a pair of titles in their 10 previous appearances, one in 1988 and the other in 1991. They finished first in the Classic 8 Conference standings this season. The Warhawks are the representatives out of the DeForest Sectional following their 65-54 win over Oregon in the final. Second-seeded Hartford returns to the State Tournament field for the first time since 2000 and for the seventh time overall. The Orioles have advanced to the State title game once, which resulted in a championship in 1992. They are the co-champions with Homestead in the North Shore Conference this season.  They navigated through the Manitowoc Lincoln sectional bracket to advance to the State semifinals following a 70-55 win over Brookfield East in the final. Neenah, the #3 seed, will be making its eighth appearance in the tournament and its first since 2009. The Rockets compiled a streak of six straight experiences from 1976-81. That string of appearances produced a championship in 1978 and runner-up finishes in 1976 and 1980. They placed third in the Fox Valley Association this season, and they won the Appleton East Sectional by virtue of an 82-72 win over Hortonville in the sectional final. It will be the fifth overall appearance at State for fourth-seeded Franklin and the first since 2021. The Sabers’ most notable result in their previous four experiences was a runner-up finish in 1999. They are the champions of the Southeast Conference in 2023-24. The Sabers defeated Muskego 54-50 in the sectional final hosted at Kenosha Bradford to advance to State.

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