MADISON, Wis. - The first ever state appearance for the Cochrane-Fountain City boys basketball team comes to an end in the state semifinal game.
Thorp holds on for a 54-52 win.
Even though the Pirates trailed the entire game, they still had a shot in the closing seconds that would have won the game. Cale Lisowki's three-point attempt a little inside the halfcourt line hit the front of the rim but did not fall in.
"Right when I put it up, I honestly thought we were going to have another miracle ending to a game to keep us going in the playoffs," said Lisowski. "If it was a little bit to the left it would have went in, I know it."
C-FC began the game cold from the field, missing their first eleven shots. Mason Baecker's three at the first quarter buzzer put the first points on the board for the Pirates. By then Thorp built up an 11-3 lead.
A four minute stretch in the fourth quarter put C-FC back in the ballgame. The Pirates posted a big 12-0 run that pulled them within one point. But that would be as close as they would get.
"Looking back at this, some day, maybe not now, I'm going to look back and just smile," said senior Garrett Marklowtiz. "And I know everybody in this locker room is going to smile."
C-FC finishes the season with a 20-8 record.