Milwaukee Pius captured its first WIAA Girls State basketball championship by knocking off DePere 34-23 in the Division 1 title game on Saturday night at the Kohl Center.
Pius held DePere to just 10 points in the second half and the Redbirds 23 total points goes down as the lowest ever in a state title game in any division. DePere shot just 26% for the game and 1 for 16 on 3’s.
The Lady Popes wrap up the season with a 26-2 record. DePere ends with the same 26-2 mark.
In Division 2, New Berlin Eisenhower captured its first ever state championship, knocking off Winneconne 59-50. Sophomore guard Nicole Bauman scored a game high 22 points in the win.
In Division 3, Cuba City captured its 9th WIAA girls basketball championship, knocking off Oostburg 53-40 in the final on Saturday. Cuba City (29-0) also won titles in 1977, 1980, 1990, 1991, 1993, 2005, 2006 and 2007. The Cubans played in the final for the fifth time in the last six years. Cuba City’s overall record during that time span is 158-3.
In Division 4, Wausau Newman (26-2) outscored the Black Hawk Warriors 20-4 to open a 19-point halftime lead and roll to a 64-30 victory. Black Hawk (27-2) saw their 25-game win streak come to an end. Cardinals coach Tom Weinkauf has now coached five teams to WIAA championships, winning three straight titles with the Marathon boys from 1975 to 1977 and also leading the Newman girls to the Division 3 title in 2002.