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Assumption dominates to earn spot in Div. 5 final


The Royals had revenge on their mind when they took the floor at the Resch Center, knowing that Newman Catholic had beaten them before.

"Being a senior, we had lost to Newman the past three years in the playoffs," Assumption senior forward Hannah Skibba said. "So that was something I really wanted to get done. I didn't want to go out my fourth year losing to them again."

From start to finish, Assumption dominated defensively, leading by as much as 25 points in
the third quarter, while Newman failed to capitalize on the few opportunities they did have.

"We missed an awful lot of easy shots early," Newman Catholic head coach Tom Weinkauf said. "We had chances. We missed a lot of layups and free throws early. And when it snowballs and goes downhill. It's very hard to push it back. And we didn't do a real good job of getting back into it."

Now the Royals are on the verge of their first-ever WIAA state title, with a 32-minute
contest against Barneveld standing in their way.

"We look at each other as a family, and a program," Assumption junior guard Mary Sigler said. "So we wanted to do this for all the other teams, last year's. We just wanted to get this one done, especially at state which is a perfect opportunity."

Sigler, who scored 17 points for the Royals, said that they'll celebrate the win
over Newman tonight. But then it's back to practice on Friday.

Skibba added, they didn't come here just to win a game today. They want the gold ball.

The Division 5 State Title game will take place on Saturday at 11:05 a.m.

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