Girls State: Aquinas, Melrose-Mindoro reach title game that won’t be played

Aquinas and Melrose-Mindoro girls basketball each won their state semifinal games at the Resch Center Thursday night to set up a third-straight Division 4 championship game against each other.

The only problem is that game won’t ever be played, as the WIAA officially canceled the rest of the winter sports season at the end of Thursday’s scheduled games.

Both teams finished their seasons in impressive fashion. Aquinas defeated Crandon 73-42 behind 23 points from seniors Lexi Donarski and Taylor Theusch. Theusch hit a D4 tournament-record seven threes (7-11).

Melrose-Mindoro outlasted Mishicot 57-55 in overtime for the final game of the day (and the entire season). Calette Lockington scored 22 points, Mesa Byom scored 17 and Emily Herzberg recorded 12 points in their final games as Mustangs. Melrose-Mindoro shot just 33 percent as a team.

In Division 3, Arcadia lost its semifinal 48-45 to top seed Platteville. Ellie Hoesley scored 15 points to lead the Raiders but fouled out in the second half, which head coach Tom Cowley said was a turning point in the game. Linzy Sendelbach added 14 points for Arcadia.