The Raider Pep Band rocked the Denmark High School Fieldhouse
The Raider Pep Band rocked the Denmark High School Fieldhouse
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The road to the state tournament by the Kiel Raider girls basketball is looking, not exactly, but very similar to that of the 2008 Raider boys basketball team.
Coming in as an underdog last Saturday at second seeded Valders, Kiel avenged two regular season losses to the Vikings with a 47-42 regional championship victory.

Thursday night, the Raiders were again a solid underdog having to take on top seeded Kewaunee in a sectional semifinal. But again, Kiel showed that seedings are just numbers and weren’t impressed with Kewaunee’s top billing.
Trailing only briefly, the Raiders took control of the game early and cruised to a 46-35 win in a WIAA Division 3 Sectional Semifinal win over the Storm before a large crowd at the new Denmark High School Fieldhouse.
The victory vaults Kiel into its first sectional championship appearance in school history this Saturday when they face Freedom, the top seed in the other half of the bracket. That game tips off at 2 p.m. (This is a change form the original 1 pm start time) at the Ashwaubenon High School Fieldhouse with the winner advancing to next week’s WIAA State Tournament at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

Team effort
Kewaunee had leads of 2-0 and 4-3, but Savannah Walsdorf’s three-point field goal with 14:20 left in the opening half put Kiel up 6-4. They would never look behind against the Storm who suffered just their second loss of the season and had a 13-game win streak snapped.
“We are playing our best basketball in years,” said coach Jeremy Bushman, as his Raiders improved to 18-7.
“On offense, we took what they gave us, and defensively, they did our game plan to a T.”
All 15 of Walsdorf’s points came via five three-point field goals. Rachel Muehlbauer added two triples and finished with 12 points.
The stingy Kiel defense held the Storm’s leading scorer Sara Dax to just 11 points.
“We doubled down on the low post and I’m not sure if anyone has done that with Kewaunee this season,” adds Bushman.
Kiel faces a Freedom squad that beat them 57-43 at Kiel High School on January 8. The Irish beat Wrightstown 70-57 in the other sectional semifinal.
Freedom has just one prior state appearance. That came in 2008 when they were the state runnerup having defeated Grafton in overtime in the Division 2 semifinals before losing 42-34 to Monroe in the state championship game.

Kiel 46 Kewaunee 35
Kiel (fg ftm-a pf tp):
Melissa Runge 0 0-0 0 0, Josie Binversie 1 0-0 0 2, Savannah Walsdorf 5 5-8 1 20, Emma Lucas 0 0-0 0 0, Lily Schmitz 3 0-0 2 6, Holly Vogel 0 0-0 0 0, Jocelyn Aprill 0 0-0 0 0, Sami Blanke 0 0-0 1 0, Becky Blatz 2 0-0 0 4, Racelmuehlbauer 4 2-2 1 12, Caroline Heckmann 1 0-0 0 2, Allison Ash 0 0-0 0 0, Libby Daane 0 0-0 0 0. TOTALS: 16 7-10 5 46
Kewaunee:
Madelyn Demmin 0 0-0 3 0, Kelli Barta 0 0-0 0 0, Mackenzie Tlachac 2 4-5 2 8, Cierra Braun 1 0-0 1 2, Ashley Pawilitzky 4 0-0 3 11, Mykenzi Uhlers 1 0-0 0 3, Claire Kohnle 0 0-0 0 0, Sara Dax 5 1-1 0 11, Hailey Gaedtke 0 0-0 1 0, Katherine Metzler 0 0-0 0 0, Taylor Schleis 0 0-0 0 0. TOTALS: 13 5-6 10 35.
Score by Halves
Kiel 23-23=46
Kewaunee 15-20=35
3-Point Field Goals Made:
Kiel 7 (Walsdorf 5, Muehlbauer 2) Kewaunee 4 (Pawilitzky 3, Uhlers 1)