MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) - One thing is clear about the 2013-14 Onalaska Co-op girls hockey team: they never quit.
"We like to give ourselves a challenge I think, obviously coming from behind. I'm really glad of how we pulled together and things didn't roll our way," Ona junior Jacyn Reeves said.
Down 5-1 in the third period to the Green Bay East Co-op in the WIAA State Championship Game, Kianna Kalmes, Jacyn Reeves and Theresa Knutson all scored to get Onalaska within one. With all the momentum on the Onalaska side, the Ice Bears were able notch one more.
But the Hilltoppers don't quit.
Jacyn Reeves scored another, making it 6-5. Four goals for Onalaska in 4:20 of playing time. Unfortunately for the Hilltoppers, that's all they could muster.
Onalaska fell in the state championship game for the third straight year, 6-5 to Green Bay East.
"We didn't want to give up, we didn't want to end on a bad note. And coach said go down fighting and that's what we did, we went down fighting and I couldn't be prouder of my team," senior Theresa Knutson said.
Since 2012, Knutson and the Hilltoppers amassed a 68-16 record. It's a three-year run any program would be proud of."
"I loved every minute of it," Knutson said. "I love my team. I love playing hockey for Onalaska. The past three years, yeah we got second, but we got a lot farther than a lot of teams. We worked hard as a team and we accomplished a lot as a team."