Hortonville Heads to D2 Title Game, Tame Panthers, 78-63

Semifinals: Friday, March 20

#1 Hortonville (25-1) vs #4 Oregon (21-5) 1:35 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!

Senior Macy McGlone scored 22 points and sophomore Kamy Peppler finished with 21 to lead the Polar Bears to a 78-63 victory over Oregon on Friday at the Resch Center.

After being tied at halftime, the Polar Bears (26-1) shot 69.2 percent from the floor and outscored Oregon (21-6) 45-30 in the second half on their way to extending their winning streak to 26.

McGlone and Peppler led the way for the Polar Bears, both coming close to getting triple-doubles. McGlone had 22 points, 12 rebounds, eight blocks. Peppler scored a career-high tying 21 points along with 10 assists, and seven steals.

The Polar Bears were effective from the floor and the 3-point range in the second half, shooting 18 of 26 from the field (69.2 percent) and 5 of 8 (62.5 percent) from beyond the arc. The Polar Bears finished the game shooting 52.4 percent from the field. Oregon shot just 37.5 percent from the field in the second half.

Junior Lexi Day (11 points) hit a jumper to put the Polar Bears up for good 40-38 with 16:43 left in the second half.

Hortonville led by as many as 18 points when Lyric Johnson (10 points) hit a heavily guarded 3-pointer with 8:31 remaining. Oregon eventually cut the lead to 11 points but never came within single digits of the Polar Bears.

The Polar Bears have now won 26 consecutive games, a streak that started November 21, 2019. This was the first time Hortonville and Oregon met this season.

Oregon junior Liz Uhl led the way for the Panthers, connecting on 5 3-pointers to finish with 23 points. Seniors Kaitlyn Schrimpf scored 12 points and five rebounds, and Izzie Peterson added nine points and four assists.

Hortonville and Oregon were tied 33-33 after the first half, thanks to the Polar Bears work on the glass. The Polar Bears out-rebounded the Panthers 22-15, converting 11 offensive rebounds into eight second-chance points.

Peppler led the way for the Polar Bears offensively in the first half with 14 points.

Hortonville will face the winner of the Beaver Dam (23-3) vs Pewaukee (21-5) for the title at 11:05 a.m. Saturday.

FINAL   1 2 T

4 Oregon   33 30 63

1 Hortonville   33 45 78

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