The Owen-Withee girls basketball team has made it to state eight times and finished as runner-up three times.
The Blackhawks have a chance to finish with their first Gold Ball with a win over Heritage Christian on Saturday. They got there with a win over two-time defending champ Newman Catholic on Thursday.
The Cardinals ran them ragged in the 49-46 Blackhawks win. Owen-Withee was forced into 35 turnovers and had to hold off a late charge by the Cardinals. Needless to say the day off on Friday will be taken advantage of.
Also on Thursday, Neillsville picked up the school's first-ever win at the state tournament, knocking off Howards Grove 53-41.
Now the Warriors aim for another first -- the program's first state title when they face Oshkosh Lourdes on Saturday.