Bay Port’s Autumn Arbour races down the floor in the Pirates’ 67-31 victory over Waukesha North in a WIAA D1 regional semifinal game Feb. 23.
BY RICH PALZEWIC
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight’s (Feb. 24) regional title game vs. Kettle Moraine has been moved to 6:00 at Bay Port High School!
SUAMICO – The Bay Port girls’ basketball team hasn’t won a WIAA D1 regional title since 2008, but they will get the chance to erase those memories with one more victory.
Led by Peyton Coughlin’s 13 points, the No. 2 seeded Pirates posted a 67-31 regional semifinal victory over No. 15 Waukesha North Feb. 23 at Bay Port High School.
Coughlin had a trio of three pointers in helping the Pirates (18-5) move on to the regional finals Saturday, Feb. 24, against No. 10 Kettle Moraine, who was a 50-46 winner in overtime against Homestead.
“One game at a time from here on out,” said Bay Port head coach Kati Coleman. “Nothing is guaranteed. Some of the girls were just off tonight, but it’s nice to see that we can do a whole lineup change and not skip a beat. The (second unit) was ready to play. Peyton had a nice game – when she’s on, she’s dangerous.”
The Pirates jumped out to a 12-2 advantage over the Northstars (4-19) on four early points from Mady Draak, who ended with 10 for the night. Bay Port would extend that lead to 32-14 by intermission and cruise from there.
Coughlin had a pair of three’s in the first 18 minutes.
Leading 50-24 midway through the second half, the Pirates closed the game with a 17-7 run.
Bay Port got balanced scoring, with Alaina Abel adding nine and Grace Krause chipping in with eight.
Waukesha North: 14, 17 – 31
Bay Port: 32, 35 – 67