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Heights girls hoping to peak

Vanguards set for postseason

 

February 21, 2019



Timing is everything.

And maybe that will prove to be a good thing for Wisconsin Heights’ girls basketball team.

The Vanguards played one of their most complete games of the season and rolled past Poynette, 70-43, last Thursday.

Now, with the postseason set to begin Friday, perhaps Heights can pick the perfect time to get hot.

“It was a nice team win heading into the regional and showed we can put some points on the board if we are focused and play with energy,” Heights coach Bill Sullivan said.

Ashlee Adler led the Vanguards with 23 points, while Natalie Hering contributed 15 points after going 2-of-3 on three-point attempts. Hanna King also had all 12 points of her points in the first half to give the Vanguards early momentum.

After falling behind, 7-2, in the opening minutes of the game, Heights began heating up and grabbed a 42-22 halftime advantage.

Heights also made all 11 of its first half free throws and shot 19-of-21 for the game (90.5%).

“It was nice to see the kids have success shooting, as we have struggled the past four games in the first half of games,” Sullivan said. “We showed great energy throughout the game and the kids were aggressive on both ends of the floor.

“We kept the pressure up in the second half and stretched the floor on offense and got some good looks to maintain the lead throughout the game.”

Heights also dropped a 54-36 decision to Riverdale last Monday.

King led the Vanguards with 10 points and Miranda Keith had nine.

“We struggled on the offensive end of the floor in the first half,” said Sullivan, whose team trailed, 32-22, at halftime. “We came out and pressured them and got a few turnovers, but just could not get closer than four points the second half. We played hard, but continued to struggle with finishing in the paint and at the free throw line.”

The Vanguards are now seeded sixth in their WIAA Division 4 sectional and open the postseason Friday at third-seeded Darlington in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. The winner of that game will travel to second-seeded Mineral Point for a regional final on Feb. 23 if the seeds hold.

The sectional semifinals are Feb. 28 and the sectional finals are March 2.

 
 

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