NEILLSVILLE, Wis. — The Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School boys basketball team pushed top-seeded Wisconsin Dells throughout Wednesday’s WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal, and the Red Hawks made pushes in the second half to take a lead.
But the Chiefs found ways to answer each run, and were able to withstand a scoring barrage from G-E-T senior Chris Thompson to come away with a 61-55 win and move on to the sectional semifinal.
Wisconsin Dells (24-1) will play the winner of Thursday’s game between Prescott and Ellsworth, while the Red Hawks end their season 18-7.
Thompson and Tyler Scherr did their best to extend G-E-T’s season, as Thompson scored 20 points after halftime and finished with a game-high 27, while Scherr added 21. Thompson made four 3-pointers, and Scherr five, with three of them coming in the second half.
The Chiefs went 13 of 19 from the free-throw line to keep its lead down the stretch, and they hit nine 3-pointers to keep pace with G-E-T. Alex Weiss had a team-high 20 points on the strength of four 3s.
Durand 73, Melrose-Mindoro 61
ALTOONA, Wis. — Durand started fast, building leads of 19-9 and 34-22 in the first half, but Melrose-Mindoro (19-5), behind the strong play of Andrew Antony, Andrew Scafe and Connor Christopherson, wouldn’t go away. The Mustangs, champions of the Dairyland Large and the No. 4 seed, could never pull even, however.
Antony led the Mustangs with 16 points, while Scafe and Christopherson added 13 each. Scafe completed a double-double by grabbing 12 rebounds as Melrose-Mindoro outrebounded Durand (21-4) 44-31.
Drew Blaken finished with six points and four assists for the Mustangs, had 23 fouls to Durand’s 16.
“We just couldn’t quite climb over the hump. We kept fighting and fighting, but they’re a really good defensive team,” Melrose-Mindoro coach Kevin Christopherson said. “Back when we started in November and December, we never thought we’d get this far. I’m pretty proud of them.”
Kobe Humphre led the Panthers with a game-high 20 points, while Ely Bauer added 15.