Girl’s top Roncalli, Advance to Sectionals

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By Alex Strouf, The Denmark News

 

Just an hour following Brock Bergelin’s wrestling state title, the Denmark girl’s varsity basketball team was in action–Regional finals action.

Following a 59 point route of Sturgeon Bay and a 10 point roll over Southern Door, the team found themselves in the regional final against Olympian Conference champion Roncalli.

The game started out in a back-and-forth. After the first quarter Denmark held a 17-15 lead. With the second quarter just underway and both teams having trouble scoring, Denmark leading scorer Jennifer Nehls found herself in foul trouble and a spot on the bench. Her team only scored 3 points in the second quarter, and that had them down 21-20 at the half.

The second half was time to pull away, and the Vikings did just that. After some crucial defensive plays that resulted in Jets missed shots and turnovers, the Vikings finished the game with a nine point lead and a regional championship trophy.

Senior Britney Petersen led the way for the Vikings with 15 points and nine rebounds, one board away from her third double-double this season.

“We took it one possession at a time. Everybody on the team kept their composure even though it was loud in there,” Petersen told me, “It was a good team win, but we’re focused on Valders now.”

The girls play another Olympian Conference opponent, Valders, for the sectional semifinal this Thursday, March 5th, at Sheboygan South High School. With a win, the ladies would play at Green Bay Preble High School against an undetermined opponent with a trip to the Resch Center on the line.