Bangor, Aquinas send girl’s basketball teams off to state with pep rallies

A pair of area high schools sent their girls basketball teams off to state Thursday morning with pep rallies.

The Bangor Cardinals are headed back to state for the first time since 1997. That year, the girls won their first-ever state title.

This year’s team has some family ties to that championship squad. Junior Haylee Leonard’s aunt was on the team that brought back a gold ball 20 years ago.

“She said it was an amazing experience and there’s memories that she’ll never forget, and I’m just really hoping to have that same experience,” said Leonard.

Aquinas also sent their girls off to Green Bay Thursday morning.

The top-ranked Blugolds are trying to cap off an undefeated season and win their first ever WIAA state title.

Junior guard Whittni Rezin says winning a championship has been a goal of theirs for a long time.

“We’ve worked so hard and we went into this season believing that we really could get that far, and it’s super exciting that we’re here and we’re just really hoping that we can pull out the win,” said Rezin.

Bangor’s semifinal game is scheduled to begin at about 10:45 Friday morning.

Aquinas defeated Shiocton 56-36 in their semifinal Thursday night and will play Howards Grove for the Division 4 championship on Saturday morning.