Oostburg, North fall in sectional play

Oostburg and Sheboygan North were ousted from girls basketball playoff action with sectional losses last week in their respective divisions.

The Oostburg Lady Dutch were denied a trip to the state tournament after a 66-34 rout at the hands of No. 4-ranked Kettle Moraine Lutheran (Jackson) in the Division 3 finals Saturday night at Whitefish Bay. Oostburg finished 19-7 and the Chargers improved to 25-1.

North, suffered its first loss of the season, 37-36 in overtime, to No. 1-ranked Kimberly in the D-1 sectional semifinals Thursday night at Green Bay. The No. 2-rated Golden Raiders ended an outstanding season at 24-1.

Kimberly advanced to state with a 42-40 win over Hartland Arrowhead in the finals Saturday night at North. The Papermakers improved to 26-0 and No. 4-ranked Arrowhead finished 23-3.

OOSTBURG GAMES

Lutheran broke the game open against the Lady Dutch with a 21-9 scoring advantage in the second quarter to build a 32-17 halftime lead. Andrea Meinert and Mikayla Voight sparked the Crusaders’ attack in the opening half with 13 and 10 points, respectively.

Maranda Huibregtse, a senior guard, led Oostburg in scoring with 16, including 10 in the first half. Shannon Boldt finished with 10 points.

Meinert’s 19 points keyed Lutheran’s offense and Voigt added 17.

“KML is a great team. Their defense took away anything that we hoped to do offensively, and you can’t win games if you can’t score points,” said Lady Dutch head coach Lisa Immel.

“Also, defensively we played on our heels and against a team of that caliber we couldn’t afford to play that way.

“It was a wonderful season and the girls should be proud of all they accomplished,” Immel said.

Oostburg advanced to the finals with a 51-38 victory over Waupun Thursday night at West Bend. Huibregtse exploded for 27 points to spark her team. Kayla Bonack led the Warriors (17-8) with eight.

NORTH-KIMBERLY GAME

Jenna Smarzinski sank two free throws with only 3.6 seconds left to give Kimberly the win over North. The Golden Raiders had a chance to pull out the victory but Madison Wolf’s open three-point shot at the buzzer fell just shy of the rim.

North outscored the Papermakers 10-6 in the fourth period to tie the game, 34-34, and force overtime.

Wolf, a 6-foot-3 junior post player, led North in scoring with 18 points. Smarzinski paced Kimberly with 11.


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