WAUSAU (WAOW) - A pair of area girls basketball teams tip off in the state semifinals on Thursday. Prentice takes the court against River Ridge at 1:35pm. Newman rematches last spring's state championship win over Black Hawk following that game. All state tournament games can be seen on Newsline 9 and will also be streamed live at waow.com.
With north and central Wisconsin's two best Division 5 teams still playing in opposite sides of the bracket, it's hard to keep from thinking about a match-up in the state finals. After all, the two teams split a pair of games this season, with each squad handing the other it's only loss of the year. Fans aren't the only ones hoping for a rubber match. Several Newman players expressed a desire to get another shot at Prentice, who won the most recent match-up in the Marawood crossover game.