It was another historic season for the Raider girls basketball team that came up just shy of the ultimate goal – a trip to state.

A bigger and more physical Freedom team rallied in the second half for a 53-40 victory in the championship game of the WIAA Division 3 Sectional Saturday afternoon at the Ashwaubenon High School Fieldhouse. It was the first time a Kiel girls basketball team had ever played in a sectional final.
Kiel recovered from an early 14-5 deficit by going on a 15-3 run to take a 20-17 lead with 4:04 left in the first half. Rachel Muehlbauer fueled that surge scoring nine points while Caroline Heckmann and Lily Schmitz also scored in that run.
Freedom answered back and took a 26-25 lead into halftime.
Muehlbauer’s three-pointer just over two minutes into the second half tied the game at 28-all when things started to get away from the Raiders.
Muehlbauer would be relegated to the bench when she picked up her third foul and the Irish took advantage.
An 11-2 run gave Freedom the lead for good and Kiel did not have an answer.
“Freedom is the most physical team we have played,” said Kiel coach Jeremy Bushman.
“We zoned them when we played in January and probably played it better back then than we did at time today. But we played with them until late. This is a special group of ladies.”
Kiel graduates seven seniors including all-time leading scorer Savannah Walsdorf. Muehlbauer led Kiel scoring with 15 points while Schmitz had eight and Walsdorf six. The Raiders were 18-8 this season.
Also playing their final game were Josie Binversie, Emma Lucas, Schmitz, Samantha Blanke, Becky Blatz and Heckmann.