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The first weekend of the WIAA playoffs saw Southeast Conference rivals battle it out for a third time this season as Franklin and Oak Creek were both among the teams to advance.
Germantown and Divine Savior Holy Angels advance
In the sectional two portion of the WIAA Division 1 Girls playoffs, both Germantown and Divine Savior Holy Angels have advanced to the sectional round. Both teams will play their sectional games on March 3 at neutral sites.
After having a bye, Germantown used a 55 point first half en route to a 92-38 win over Green Bay East at home on Feb. 25. Germantown made 37 shots in the win, including 11 from the three-point range, while their opponent only made 10 shots in the game.
Danica Gosz led the way with 20 points, while Emilie Wizner had 12 and Sarah Rudie had 11. Rachel Murphy had 10 points in the win, while UConn recruit KK Arnold was limited to seven points in the game.
In their regional final game at home on Feb. 26, Germantown and Hartford played close in the first half before Germantown outscored their opponent by 20 points in the second half of the 87-65 win. Germantown made 30 shots in the game and shot 20-for-29 from the free-throw line in the win.
Arnold and Lucy Leininger both had double-doubles in the game as Arnold had 33 points and 10 rebounds, while Leininger had a double-double of 10 points and 13 rebounds in the win. Diane Gosz was the other Germantown player in double figures with 10 points in the game.
In their regional semifinal game, Divine Savior Holy Angels used double-digit performances from Allison Timm, Kennedy Holmes and Ashley Jones in a 50-43 win over Menomonee Falls. Timm led the way with 12 points, while Holmes had 11 and Jones had 10 as the team made 16 shots and hit 14 of their 24 free throws in the win.
In the regional final, Divine Savior Holy Angels trailed by three at the half before getting a narrow 60-59 win against Homestead on Feb. 26. Timm led the way with 16 points, while Holmes had 12 as the team hit 19 shots and went 20-for-27 from the line in the game.
Germantown will take on Kaukauna on March 3 at Hartford Union High School, while Divine Savior Holy Angels will take on DePere at Germantown High School. Both games will be 7 p.m. tip-offs.
Rivalry Renewed in Playoffs
Oak Creek and Franklin will renew their conference rivalry in the playoffs this year. Both teams will meet in a sectional semifinal at Kettle Moraine on March 3rd at 7 p.m.
Oak Creek advanced in the playoffs with a 63-12 regional win over Milwaukee Hamilton before beating Mukwonago 36-33 in the regional final game at home. Franklin advanced with a 61-33 win against Kenosha Tremper before dispatching Kenosha Indian Trail 50-31 in their regional final game.
Kettle Moraine advanced in WIAA Division 1 with a 90-22 win over Janesville Parker before beating Racine Case 83-27 in their regional final game. Brookfield East also had blowout wins over Madison West and Oconomowoc en route to a sectional game appearance.
More WIAA regional action
In other regional action, Arrowhead defeated West Allis Hale 69-28 in the regional semifinals. In their regional final game, Alaina Harper and Bella Samz both had over 20 points has the Warhawks used a 13-point advantage in the second half to defeat Madison La Follette 55-37 at home.
Brookfield East will take on Waunakee at Oconomowoc High School, while Kettle Moraine will take on Janesville Craig at Waukesha South High School. Arrowhead will take on Sun Prairie at Verona High School on Thursday.