Bay Port Squeaks By DSHA, Gets Chance to Defend Championship

Semifinals: Friday, March 20 – 8:05 p.m.

#2 Bay Port (24-2) vs #3 Divine Savior Holy Angels (23-3) approximately 8 p.m.

Unless you have been living under a rock you know this is obviously not a serious post….but here is how we think it would have happened:

ASHWAUBENON –After a week delay, due to the coronavirus scare, the 2020 WIAA Girls State Tournament is back!

Bay Port (25-2) advanced to defend their WIAA State Championship with a thrilling 78-65 comeback overtime victory over DSHA in the D1 semifinal game on Friday night at Resch Center. The #1 seeded Pirates will take on #2 seed Middleton for a rematch of last season’s WIAA Division 1 State Championship. 

Emma Krueger was tremendous after a slow start as she was 0-of-3 in the first half. The junior finished with 17 points — all after halftime. McKenzie Johnson led the team with a team-high 20 points.

Mady Draak posted a double-double with 10 points and 13 rebounds.

The Dashers (23-4) were led by a pair of reserves that entered the game averaging a combined 9.6 points. Forward Bella Huschitt scored a season-high with 16points while Riley Honkamp added 10 points, her second highest scoring game of the season.

DSHA’s top two leading scorers were limited due to early foul trouble and a combined for a total of just seven points.

That said, the DSHA’s leading scorer, Jadin O’Brien, made a CLUTCH, pull-up jumper before the buzzer sounded to send the game to OT. Unfortunately for DSHA, the Pirates took over in overtime.

Draak opened the scoring with a 3-point play to put Bay Port up 67-64. Johnson’s follow-up bucket put the Pirates up by five with 3:55 left.

Bay Port took its first lead of the game on a 3-pointer by Krueger with 3:07 left in the game. That put the Pirates up 59-57. DSHA quickly answered as O’Brien converted a 3-point play nine second later. That put DSHA up 60-59.

Draak gave the Pirates back the lead at 61-60 on two free throws with 2:40 left in the game. DSHA came right back as senior Alyah Garcia laid one home with 2:24 on the clock.

Alaina Abel attacked the rim and scored while getting fouled with 54 seconds left to put Bay Port up 63-62. She missed the free throw, but the rebound went off DSHA and the Pirates retained possession.

Draak was fouled with 25.5 left in the game and proceeded to make the first of two free throws.

Jadin O’Brien sent the game to overtime with a 16-foot jumper as time expired to send the game to overtime. That tie the game at 64 all.

Down by as many as 12 in the first half and three at the half, the Pirates tied the game with just over five minutes elapsed in the second half. Krueger tied the game at 37 on a 3-pointer with 14:37 left in the game.

Krueger had the play of the game as she drove baseline and flipped one up, while spinning in the air, hitting the high glass and dropping in with 10 minutes left in the game. That brought the Pirates within three at 47-44.

The Pirates continued to come within a possession over the next four minutes. Johnson’s 3-pointer with 6:40 left cut the deficit to one point at 53-52.

Bay Port failed to convert the next two times it had the ball, while DSHA scored four points to regain a two possession lead at 57-52 with 4:33 on the clock.

Bay Port trailed by as many as 12 in the first half, but closed the gap at the half as the Dashers led 29-26 at intermission. DSHA was hot from the field, making 52.5 from the floor, while Bay Port was just 10-of-26 (38.5).

The Pirates held DSHA off the scoreboard for the final 3:42 of the half. Johnson’s putback as time expired finished a 7-0 run for Bay Port.

DSHA broke out of the gates scoring the game’s first eight points as Bay Port missed its first seven shots from the floor. The Pirates finally got on the scoreboard with 6:02 elapsed in the game on a Raegan McIntyre jump shot.

The Dashers’ took a 16-4 lead with 11:34 left in the first half on a 3-pointer by senior Anna Misky.

DSHA took advantage of tremendous play from its bench early on. 17 of the Dashers’ first 25 points came from their reserves as DSHA led 25-14 after a 3-pointer and long jumper by junior Emily Capper with 6:32 left in the first.

FINAL   1 2 OT T

4 DSHA   29 35 1 65

1 Bay Port   26 45 14 78