Elk Mound falls in OT; Rice Lake Advances to Championship

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MADISON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Lodi and Elk Mound matched each other shot for shot during most of the Friday's division 3 WIAA State Boys Basketball semifinal, but in the end, the Mounders fell short in overtime, losing 50-47.

Elk Mound was led by Dexter Curry, who finished the game with 21-points. While Hunter Kohls added 11-points and Zac Doll 9-points. On the other side it was Jordan Shea with a 22-point performance for Lodi and Derek Paulson throwing in 11-points.

In the final seconds of overtime, the Mounders had the ball trailing by three, but Travis Nelson's three attempt was blocked by John Hatch to secure the victory for Lodi.

Elk Mound finishes their season with a 25-2 overall record. Lodi will face Brown Deer Saturday in the division 3 championship game.

Rice Lake (23-2) turned back Greendale to advance to the championship final in Division 2 with a 70-58 win in the semifinals.

The Warriors built a double-digit lead in the second quarter and possessed a 34-24 halftime lead. However, Greendale stormed back with 12-2 run to start the second half and tie the game 36-36.

With a score tied at 53-53 in the fourth quarter, the Warriors regained control of the game by going on an 11-0 run to deliver a blow the Panthers could not recover from in the remaining three minutes.

Henry Ellenson made his presence felt with 22 points and 21 rebounds to pace the Warriors. He received support from Shawn Magee and Ben Widdes, who contributed 18 and 14 points, respectively. Each dished out seven assists as well.

The Panthers were led by Jordan Perez, who netted 26 points. Josh Michaels and Braxton Joehnk each scored 10 points.

Last year’s Division 2 runner-up Wisconsin Lutheran (25-2) will play for the title for the second straight season following a 64-44 victory over West De Pere in the semifinals Friday.

The Vikings jumped out to a 10-0 advantage and never relinquished the lead. The Phantoms responded to cut the lead to 26-23 with 1:24 to go in the first half.

The Vikings’ pressure accounted for 24 Phantom turnovers. Fifteen of those came in the fateful second half when the Vikings pulled away in the fourth quarter with a 16-5 run. Wisconsin Lutheran scored 24 points off 24 Phantom turnovers.

Anthony Carver scored 15 points to lead the Vikings. CJ Polk and Keith Franklin contributed 13 and 10 points, respectively. Cody Schwartz was the leader for West De Pere with 15 points and nine rebounds.

Rice Lake and Wisconsin Lutheran will battle for the Division 2 title in the championship game Saturday at 6:35 p.m.

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