Oostburg’s state streak ends at six

Oostburg’s impressive streak of state tournament berths ended Saturday afternoon with a 54-38 loss to East Troy in a Division 3 girls sectional basketball fi- nal at Hartland.

The contest was a rematch of last year’s D-3 state semifinals, won by Oostburg, 54-38. The Trojans advance to state with a 25-1 record.

Oostburg had appeared in the state tourney each of the six previous years – winning a state title in 2008 and finishing second in 2010 and 2012. The Lady Dutch ended the season at 21-5.

Oostburg advanced to the sectional finals with a 51-37 victory over Berlin Thursday night at West Bend.

East Troy broke the game open in the fourth quarter when it outscored the Lady Dutch 19-6.

Oostburg trailed 13-2 at the start of the first quarter and was down 25-11 in the second before rallying back. The Lady Dutch went on a 14-5 run to close out the first half and pull within 30-25 at halftime. Back-to-back three-point ers by Maranda Huibregtse sparked the comeback.

Senior guard Jocelyn Stemper scored all seven of Oostburg’s points in the third period as the Lady Dutch outscored East Troy 7-5 and were behind only 35-32 heading into the fourth.

East Troy hit several free throws in the final quarter to seal the win.

Oostburg’s victory hopes were hurt because of Abby VanStelle’s foul trouble. VanStelle, a 6-foot-1 senior forward, picked up her fourth foul midway through the third quarter and had to sit down for several minutes. VanStelle, Oostburg’s top scorer and rebounder this season, tallied only two points against East Troy.

Stemper led Oostburg in scoring with 17, including 10 in the second half. Huibregtse contributed 14 points.

Alicia Oleson keyed the Trojans’ attack with 17 points and Breanna Gaspervich hit 15.

The Trojans outscored Oostburg 20-8 at the free-throw line and had an impressive 15 offensive rebounds.

BERLIN GAME

VanStelle scored 21 points and Huibregtse added 15 to power the Lady Dutch past Berlin, 51-37. Huibregtse also had a team-high 11 rebounds and six assists. VanStelle grabbed nine boards.

Shannon Boldt led Oostburg in steals with three and pulled down five rebounds, including three key ones on offense. Huibregtse had a team-high five offensive boards as the Lady Dutch were strong on the offensive glass with 13 rebounds.

Oostburg outscored the Indians 19-6 in the second quarter to build a 35-18 halftime lead. Oostburg was in control the rest of the game. A 16-0 run ignited the Lady Dutch in the opening half.

The Lady Dutch shot well from the field at 53 percent (23 of 43) and held the Indians to only 28 percent (9 of 32).

Berlin, 17-8, was led in scoring by Callie Walker with 12.


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