Vivian Guerrero came up big when the Lake Mills girls basketball team needed her the most on Saturday.
As a result, the L-Cats earned a return trip to the semifinals of the WIAA Division 2 state tournament with a 65-59 double-overtime victory over Marshall at Cambridge High School.
Guerrero scored 10 points in regulation, and then added seven more in overtime to help the L-Cats (23-2), ranked fourth by The Associated Press, hold off the fifth-ranked Cardinals (22-4). She also made the buzzer-beating, game-winning basket at Prairie du Chien on Thursday.
Ava Wollin tallied 11 of her 14 points in the first half to help Lake Mills start the game with a 20-6 run, although Marshall answered with a 12-4 run to close the half. Taylor Roughen scored eight of her 14 points after halftime, including a 3-pointer in overtime to seal the victory.
Marshall got 28 points from Laura Nickel and 19 from Anna Lutz. The two seniors combined to score 16 of Marshall’s last 18 points.
Verona 50, Hartland Arrowhead 40 (2OT)
In a Division 1 sectional final, the visiting Wildcats (8-4) went on an 11-1 run in the second overtime period to knock out the eighth-ranked Warhawks (21-6) and earn their first state berth since they won the 2016 championship. Reagan Briggs led a trio of double-figure scorers for Verona with 15 points. Phoebe Frentzel totaled 20 to pace Arrowhead.
Reedsburg 78, McFarland 46
In a Division 2 sectional final, the third-ranked Beavers (19-1) jumped to a 37-17 halftime lead and cruised past the Spartans (9-5). Reedsburg earned its second state trip and first since 2012. Mahra Wieman led Reedsburg with 30 points and Sydney Cherney added 19. McFarland got 16 from Teagan Mallegni and 15 from Katie Hildebrandt.
DeForest 70, Verona 54
In a Division 1 regional final at Baraboo, the host Norskies (14-5) finished the first half on a 26-8 run, taking a 43-25 lead into the second half over the Wildcats (5-6). Max Weisbrod scored 12 of his 19 points in the first half to fuel the run. He finished with a triple-double, adding 10 rebounds and 10 assists. Kolson Roddick led the way for Verona, scoring 21 points, 15 of which came from 3-pointers.
Janesville Parker 70, Monona Grove 51
Brenden Weis scored 17 of his 24 points in the first half as the Vikings (18-8) rolled to a 40-22 lead at the break on their way to an easy victory over the Silver Eagles (5-8). Jacob Naber had 13 points for Parker. Monona Grove got 12 points from Connor Bracken and 11 from Lance Nelson.
West Bend East 56, Beaver Dam 54
After falling behind 38-26 in the first half, the visiting Suns (10-14) rallied back, and Severin Hilt hit a buzzer-beating 3-pointer to defeat the Golden Beavers (17-8). Nate Abel scored 27 of his 33 points in the first half for Beaver Dam. Dawson Rondorf finished with 16 to lead East.
Madison Edgewood 55, McFarland 53
In a Division 2 regional final at Sauk Prairie, the Crusaders (12-12) edged the Spartans (8-5) as Michael Regnier led Edgewood with 17 points. He scored 11 in the first half, including all three of his 3-pointers. Jackson Werwinski scored 19 for McFarland.
Lake Mills 72, Stoughton 52
The L-Cats (21-5) outscored the Vikings (4-6) by 10 points in each half. Charlie Bender scored 15 of his game-high 25 in the second half for Lake Mills, and Drew Stoddard scored 18 of his 24 in the first. Ty Fernholz paced Stoughton with 17.
Monroe 53, Beloit Turner 46
The Cheesemakers (15-1), ranked fourth in Division 2, didn’t take their first lead until making it 23-21 with 14 minutes, 40 seconds to play. From there, Monroe outscored Turner 30-25 to maintain control. Carson Leuzinger scored 15 of his 21 points in the second half to lead the Cheesemakers. Cade Meyer added 18.
Poynette 62, Richland Center 57
In a Division 3 regional final, the visiting Pumas (12-8) knocked out the 10th-ranked Hornets (14-6) as senior Nik Feller scored 20 points and Kelby Petersen 13. Wes Keller led Richland Center with 25.
Lake Country Lutheran 74, Columbus 55
Ranked second in WIAA Division 3, the Lightning (23-1) handled the visiting Cardinals (9-13). Colton Brunell put up 13 of his 15 points in the second half to lead Columbus, and Aaron Uttech scored 12, and Jack Fritz 11.
Darlington 94, New Glarus 66
The Redbirds (20-4) outscored the Glarner Knights (16-9) by 20 in the second half to expand on an eight-point halftime lead. Darlington got 23 each from Carter Lancaster and Hunter Hardyman. Mason Martinson had 16 for New Glarus.
Delafield St. John’s NW 70, Lakeside Lutheran 34
The Lancers (20-6), ranked fifth in Division 3, outpaced the ninth-ranked Warriors (19-5) with a 31-13 scoring run in the first half. St. John’s cruised to victory behind 27 points from Brandin Podziemski. Levi Birkholz scored 10 to lead the Warriors.
Randolph 77, Deerfield 57
In a Division 4 regional final, the ninth-ranked Rockets (22-3) ended the first half on a 12-2 run to take a 35-21 lead over the Demons (5-6). Sam Grieger scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half to keep the Rockets in charge. Cal Fischer scored 25 points to lead Deerfield.
Defending WIAA Division 2 champion Mount Horeb dominated the competition, advancing to team state for the 10th consecutive year by scoring 144.1 points. Reedsburg advanced to state for the first time since 2015 with a score of 136.55 points and a runner-up finish in the 11-team field.
The Vikings won four of the top five places in the all-around, led by senior Grace O’Neil (36.975 points) and junior Sydney Stoenner (36.2). Reedsburg sophomore Brenna Lutter took third (35.875), followed by Mount Horeb junior Lexie Weier (35.775) and junior Ella Peterson (35.05).
Mount Horeb also swept the top five spots in vaulting, led by Weier (9.3).O’Neil won the other three individual events. She scored 9.575 in floor exercise, as Mount Horeb won the top four spots and five of the top six. O’Neil also won on balance beam (9.5), followed by River Valley co-op junior Lorisa Shatrawka (9.374) and Lutter (9.225), and uneven bars (8.975).
Middleton 102, Beloit Memorial 68
Senior Lauryn Abozeid won the 100-yard freestyle (1:00.51) and 100 backstroke (1:03.85) and swam on the winning 400 freestyle relay to help Middleton beat the host Purple Knights. Middleton sophomore Anna Reihl won the 100 breaststroke (1:19.00) and 200 individual medley (2:25.69) and anchored the winning relay. Beloit Memorial senior Faith Sill won the 50 freestyle (:25.61) and 100 butterfly (1:00.51) and swam on two winning relays.
Sun Prairie 110, Verona/Mount Horeb 60
Sophomore Olivia Sala won the 200 individual medley (2:14.96), the 100 backstroke (1:00.29) and swam on the winning 200-yard medley and 400 freestyle relay for the Cardinals to beat the Wildcats in a virtual meet, with both schools swimming in their home facilities. Sun Prairie senior Janelle Schulz won the 50 freestyle (:24.78) and 100 freestyle (:54.29) and anchored the winning 400 freestyle relay. Junior Kenzie Zuehl took the only varsity victory for Verona/Mount Horeb in the 100 breaststroke (1:12.07).