Gathering around the sectional plaque after Laconia defeated the Milwaukee School of Languages 60-42 last week Saturday to clinch the program’s first-ever state berth are, from left, Cyna Madigan, Lexy Smit, Jen Beattie, Haley Rens, Harper Wurtz, Kenna Freiberg, Allison Grahl; back row, Alissa Dins, Maci Grade, Kiarra Otto, Faith Weed, Abi Luczak, Brooklyn Smit and Clare Kelnhoffer. Laconia will face Freedom in the semifinals of the state tournament Thursday at the Resch Center.
Gathering around the sectional plaque after Laconia defeated the Milwaukee School of Languages 60-42 last week Saturday to clinch the program’s first-ever state berth are, from left, Cyna Madigan, Lexy Smit, Jen Beattie, Haley Rens, Harper Wurtz, Kenna Freiberg, Allison Grahl; back row, Alissa Dins, Maci Grade, Kiarra Otto, Faith Weed, Abi Luczak, Brooklyn Smit and Clare Kelnhoffer. Laconia will face Freedom in the semifinals of the state tournament Thursday at the Resch Center.

UPDATE: Laconia defeated Freedom 67-53 Thursday to advance to Saturday's state championship game and will face defending champion Marshall, who defeated Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau 58-37 in its semifinal contest. Game will tip off around 2:30 p.m.

   For the second-straight year, the Laconia High School girls’ basketball team found itself in the same position last week Saturday.

   They entered the sectional final contest undefeated, with hopes of earning the program’s first-ever trip to the state championships.

   This time, the Spartans weren’t going to be denied as they defeated the Milwaukee School of Languages 60-42 in Watertown, Wis.

   They now will face Freedom (23-3 overall) Thursday at the Resch Center in Green Bay in a Division 3 semifinal match-up featuring the Nos. 2 and 3 seeds.

   The game will begin 15 minutes after the conclusion of the other semifinal game between No. 1 Marshall (24-2) and No. 4 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (24-2), which is slated to tip off at 1:35 p.m.

   “We certainly learned something last year,” Laconia head coach Chris Morgan said. “Last year, we went through the whole season undefeated and we had a lot of good teams on our schedule, but we were 25-0 going into that game and the sectional final. We got there and St. Thomas More was physical with us. I think we were just punched in the mouth a little bit and we didn’t respond with as much toughness as we needed to. That was certainly a great game and they were a good team, but we felt like we had a team last year that was capable of making a state run.”

Read the full story, which includes information on the dominating fashion in which Laconia qualified for state, in the March 7, 2019 edition of the Ripon Commonwealth Press.