The Freedom girls' basketball team following their regional championship. They've now advanced to the WIAA state tournament. Photo courtesy of @FreedomGBB on Twitter.

UPDATE: The Freedom girls’ basketball team will play for a state championship after cruising to a 66-36 win over Saint Croix Falls Thursday in a WIAA Division 3 semifinal game. READ MORE.

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FREEDOM — The Freedom Irish girls’ basketball team is back in the WIAA State tournament for the first time in three years.

Second-seeded Freedom is making its third appearance overall and its first since 2019, which resulted in a defeat in the semifinals.

In their first experience in the State Tournament, the Irish finished runner-up in Division 2 in 2008.

Freedom is the champion of the North Eastern Conference this season, and they earned their berth in the tournament field by rolling past Brillion 83-46 in the Little Chute Sectional final.

The 46th Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place Thursday-Saturday, March 10-12, at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon.

Freedom (27-1) the division’s No. 2 seed, faces #3 St. Croix Falls (24-4) Thursday evening.

St. Croix Falls will be making its first State Tournament appearance in program history as the third seed. The Saints played their way to a berth in the final four with a 65-45 win over Altoona in the Somerset Sectional final. They finished second in the Heart O’North standings this season.

GAMES ON TV: All games will be broadcast live on WCWF W-14 in Green Bay and the Fox Valley or on the Magic of March app.

PURCHASING TICKETS:  Ticket price for the tourney is $11 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament will be available for purchase online at the Ticket Star website:  https://www.ticketstaronline.com/events/detail/wiaa-girls-state-basketball. All-sessions, as well as individual session tickets, are available online for $11 plus fees per session. A link is also provided on the WIAA website at www.wiaawi.org or call Ticket Star at 1-800-895-0071.

STATE TOURNAMENT SCHEDULE:  The single elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions.

Thursday, March 10

Division 3
#1 Waupun (25-3) vs. #4 Dominican (18-9) – 1:35 p.m.
#2 Freedom (27-1) vs. #3 St. Croix Falls (24-4)*

Division 4
#1 Mineral Point (28-0) vs. #4 Westfield (27-1) – 6:35 p.m.
#2 Laconia (24-4) vs. #3 Neillsville (25-2)*

Friday, March 11

Division 5
#1 Randolph (29-0) vs. #4 Highland (26-3) – 9:05 a.m.
#2 Assumption (26-3) vs. #3 McDonell Catholic (25-3)*

Division 2
#1 Notre Dame (27-1) vs. #4 Menomonie (25-3) – 1:35 p.m.
#2 Reedsburg (28-0) vs. #3 Pewaukee (25-3)*

Division 1
#1 Kettle Moraine (25-3) vs. #4 De Pere (24-4) – 6:35 p.m.
#2 Brookfield East (25-3) vs. #3 Appleton East (24-4)*


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Saturday, March 12
3-Point Challenge – 9:30 a.m.
Division 5 Championship Game – 11:05 a.m.
Division 4 Championship Game*
Division 3 Championship Game*
Division 2 Championship Game – 6:35 p.m.
Division 1 Championship Game*

*Note: Subsequent games of each session will begin approximately 15 minutes following the previous game.

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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.