NEILLSVILLE GIRLS BASKETBALL KNOCKS OFF FALL CREEK IN DIVISION 2 SECTIONAL SEMIFINAL


Neillsville's Paris Opelt goes up for a shot during the Warriors' win over Fall Creek in a WIAA Division 4 girls basketball sectional semifinal Thursday at Osseo-Fairchild High School. (Photo courtesy of Sara Warren)

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OSSEO – The Neillsville girls basketball team built a double-digit lead by halftime and held off a late run to defeat Fall Creek 34-28 in a WIAA Division 4 sectional semifinal Thursday night at Osseo-Fairchild High School.


The Warriors raced out to a 17-4 lead by halftime and was able to finish off the victory despite a barrage from Fall Creek, that included three 3-pointers, by making 11 of 18 free throws.


Neillsville was held to three made baskets from the field in the second half, but Paige Voight made 6 of 8 free throws to help finish off the victory and send the Warriors into the sectional final. Voight finished with a game-high 13 points.


Neillsville (25-2), winners of 13 games in a row, will take on Phillips (25-2) in a Division 4 sectional final at 1 p.m. Saturday at Osseo-Fairchild High School. The game will be broadcast live at zaleskisports.com.


Neillsville is looking to clinch its sixth state tournament berth and first since making it three years in a row from 2012-14. Phillips has never qualified for a state girls basketball tournament.


Warriors 34, Crickets 28

Neillsville 17 17 - 34

Fall Creek 4 24 - 28

NEILLSVILLE (34): Emma Moseley 3 0-0 6, Amelia Trunekl 2 1-3 5, Kylie Boyer 1 0-0 2, Paris Opelt 2 2-4 6, Paige Voight 2 9-12 13, Delaney Rochester 0 2-3 2. FG: 10. FT: 14-22. 3-pointers: none. Record: 25-2.

FALL CREEK (28): Tori Martin 3 3-5 9, JaneyAnne Grossinger 1 0-0 2, Jenna Anders 1 4-7 6, Gianna Vollrath 1 0-0 2, Katie Kent 2 0-0 6, Kennedy Tumm 1 0-0 3. FG: 9. FT: 7-12. 3-pointers: 3 (Kent 2, Tumm 1). Record: 19-9.

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