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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team saw it’s season come to a disappointing end on Saturday, dropping a WIAA division 4 sectional final to Central Wisconsin Eight Conference rival Shiocton 61-36.

The Lady Chargers had defeated Shiocton twice during the regular season, but lost their shooting touch, hitting just eight of 31 attempts, 25 percent in their third meeting. Wittenberg-Birnamwood also struggled from the charity stripe, making only half, 16 of 32 attempts.

The bad feeling I have from this is not that we lost, but its that we lost and we didn’t put forth a very good showing, head coach Mike Balliett said. We just shot very poorly, our defense wasn’t as good as it has been.

The game was Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s first sectional final since a loss to Altoona in 2010.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood was within a point early at 6-5 before Shiocton began to take control. A 7-1 run by the Chiefs made it 13-6, and they would eventually take a 10 point margin, 22-12 to the halftime locker room.

We had opportunities to keep ourselves in the game, Balliett said. There was a couple possessions where we had better looks and didn’t finish them, we didn’t give them anything to be concerned about after the first couple minutes after halftime, it was over.

Shiocton outscored the Lady Chargers by 17 in the second half, spurred on by a 12 to nothing run midway through half that put the finishing touching on its sectional championship, the first in school history.

I’m not trying taking anything away from them (Shiocton), they played very well, they won the game, but we didn’t show up and play the way we are capable of playing, Balliett added.

Two and a half minutes remained in the game, when the longtime Wittenberg-Birnamwood head man began removing his seniors one by one. The coach and each player shared a hug, creating an emotional scene.

The biggest thing was getting them the accolades they deserve, He said. I’m sure they would have rather stayed in the game, but the people in the stands and these girls needed that.

The game also featured the end of an era, as Balliett is likely to hang up his whistle after 20 seasons as head coach of Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

As each senior came off, they knew they were done and I knew I’m done, he said. I know I’m ready, although I wished it hadn’t have been today.

If Balliett is indeed done, he finishes as one of the most successful coaches in WIAA history, posting a career won loss record of 319 wins to 99 losses.

Kirsten Clark led Wittenberg-Birnamwood in scoring with 10 points. Taylor Nier and Corrissa Konkol added nine each. Shiocton had a solid shooting game, hitting 45 percent of their shots and putting three players in double figures. Tina Ubl and Jordan Elliott shared game scoring honors with 11 points each. Ubl posted a double double, as she pulled down 12 rebounds as well.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood finishes one of their best seasons in recent memory with a record of 24-2. Shiocton improved to 18-8 on the year, and will meet La Crosse Aquinas Thursday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay in a division four state semifinal.

Scoring Summary

Shiocton vs. Witt Birn

Chiefs 61, Chargers 36

Sat., Mar. 4, 2017



SHS 22 39 61

WBHS 14 22 36



SHIOCTON

Scorers: Jordan Elliott 5-14 0-1 11; Tina Ubl 3-8 5-7 11; Haley Schmidt 3-3 4-4 10; Madi Morack 2-5 3-4 8; Jackie Korth 1-3 4-8 6; Leigha Young 2-4 0-0 6; Skylor Bruns 1-1 2-4 4; Hailey Schroth 1-3 0-0 2; Cortny Leopold 1-1 0-0 2; Madeline Herrmann 0-0 1-4 1. Totals: 19-42 19-32 61. Three Point Shooting: 4-15(Elliott 1-6, Young 2-3, Morack 1-3, Korth 0-1, Schroth 0-1, Ubl 0-1). Rebounds: 38 ( Ubl 12, Elliott 7, Schmidt 6, Bruns 4, Korth 3, Herrmann 3, Leopold 2, Young 1 ). Turnovers: 6. Steals 8. Assists 6.



WITT BIRN

Scorers: Kirsten Clark 10, Taylor Nier 9, Corrissa Konkol 9, Chloe King 3, Samantha Kasprak 3, Emily Norrbom 2. Totals: 8-31 16-32 36. Three Point Shooting: 4-18(Clark 2-9, Paige Norrbom 0-3, Nier 0-3, King 1-1, Kasprak 1-1, Alexis Balliett 0-1). Rebounds: 23 (Konkol 4, Paige Norrbom 3, Clark 3, Kasprak 3, Emily Norrbom 3, Nier 3, Balliett 2, Megan Konkol 1, Oliva Curley 1). Turnovers: 12. Steals: 4. Assists 7.
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End of season, end of an era for Wittenberg-Birnamwood
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The Wittenberg-Birnamwood girls basketball team saw it’s season come to a disappointing end on Saturday, dropping a WIAA division 4 sectional final to Central Wisconsin Eight Conference rival Shiocton 61-36.

The Lady Chargers had defeated Shiocton twice during the regular season, but lost their shooting touch, hitting just eight of 31 attempts, 25 percent in their third meeting. Wittenberg-Birnamwood also struggled from the charity stripe, making only half, 16 of 32 attempts.

The bad feeling I have from this is not that we lost, but its that we lost and we didn’t put forth a very good showing, head coach Mike Balliett said. We just shot very poorly, our defense wasn’t as good as it has been.

The game was Wittenberg-Birnamwood’s first sectional final since a loss to Altoona in 2010.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood was within a point early at 6-5 before Shiocton began to take control. A 7-1 run by the Chiefs made it 13-6, and they would eventually take a 10 point margin, 22-12 to the halftime locker room.

We had opportunities to keep ourselves in the game, Balliett said. There was a couple possessions where we had better looks and didn’t finish them, we didn’t give them anything to be concerned about after the first couple minutes after halftime, it was over.

Shiocton outscored the Lady Chargers by 17 in the second half, spurred on by a 12 to nothing run midway through half that put the finishing touching on its sectional championship, the first in school history.

I’m not trying taking anything away from them (Shiocton), they played very well, they won the game, but we didn’t show up and play the way we are capable of playing, Balliett added.

Two and a half minutes remained in the game, when the longtime Wittenberg-Birnamwood head man began removing his seniors one by one. The coach and each player shared a hug, creating an emotional scene.

The biggest thing was getting them the accolades they deserve, He said. I’m sure they would have rather stayed in the game, but the people in the stands and these girls needed that.

The game also featured the end of an era, as Balliett is likely to hang up his whistle after 20 seasons as head coach of Wittenberg-Birnamwood.

As each senior came off, they knew they were done and I knew I’m done, he said. I know I’m ready, although I wished it hadn’t have been today.

If Balliett is indeed done, he finishes as one of the most successful coaches in WIAA history, posting a career won loss record of 319 wins to 99 losses.

Kirsten Clark led Wittenberg-Birnamwood in scoring with 10 points. Taylor Nier and Corrissa Konkol added nine each. Shiocton had a solid shooting game, hitting 45 percent of their shots and putting three players in double figures. Tina Ubl and Jordan Elliott shared game scoring honors with 11 points each. Ubl posted a double double, as she pulled down 12 rebounds as well.

Wittenberg-Birnamwood finishes one of their best seasons in recent memory with a record of 24-2. Shiocton improved to 18-8 on the year, and will meet La Crosse Aquinas Thursday night at the Resch Center in Green Bay in a division four state semifinal.

Scoring Summary

Shiocton vs. Witt Birn

Chiefs 61, Chargers 36

Sat., Mar. 4, 2017



SHS 22 39 61

WBHS 14 22 36



SHIOCTON

Scorers: Jordan Elliott 5-14 0-1 11; Tina Ubl 3-8 5-7 11; Haley Schmidt 3-3 4-4 10; Madi Morack 2-5 3-4 8; Jackie Korth 1-3 4-8 6; Leigha Young 2-4 0-0 6; Skylor Bruns 1-1 2-4 4; Hailey Schroth 1-3 0-0 2; Cortny Leopold 1-1 0-0 2; Madeline Herrmann 0-0 1-4 1. Totals: 19-42 19-32 61. Three Point Shooting: 4-15(Elliott 1-6, Young 2-3, Morack 1-3, Korth 0-1, Schroth 0-1, Ubl 0-1). Rebounds: 38 ( Ubl 12, Elliott 7, Schmidt 6, Bruns 4, Korth 3, Herrmann 3, Leopold 2, Young 1 ). Turnovers: 6. Steals 8. Assists 6.



WITT BIRN

Scorers: Kirsten Clark 10, Taylor Nier 9, Corrissa Konkol 9, Chloe King 3, Samantha Kasprak 3, Emily Norrbom 2. Totals: 8-31 16-32 36. Three Point Shooting: 4-18(Clark 2-9, Paige Norrbom 0-3, Nier 0-3, King 1-1, Kasprak 1-1, Alexis Balliett 0-1). Rebounds: 23 (Konkol 4, Paige Norrbom 3, Clark 3, Kasprak 3, Emily Norrbom 3, Nier 3, Balliett 2, Megan Konkol 1, Oliva Curley 1). Turnovers: 12. Steals: 4. Assists 7.
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