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2/21/2013 9:16:00 PM
Thunderbirds drop heartbreaker in regular season finale
Lakeland rallies but Antigo holds on in thriller
Becca Butkus (right) lobs the ball over the hands of an Antigo defender to get it into the post to Abby Schrom (left) during Thursday's final conference game. Bryan Rose photograph
Becca Butkus (right) lobs the ball over the hands of an Antigo defender to get it into the post to Abby Schrom (left) during Thursday's final conference game. Bryan Rose photograph

Bryan Rose
Sportswriter


The playoff atmosphere arrived early to Lakeland Union High School. The boys' team will open up WIAA action Friday and the girls will host a playoff game next Tuesday but Thursday night's contest between the Thunderbirds and the Red Robins had just as much tension as those one-and-done games.
Thursday's game came down to the wire with Antigo holding on for the 38-35 win.
Early in the contest, it appeared that Antigo was going to pull away as they built a 14-3 lead in the first quarter. But the Thunderbirds battled back and hit a pair of threes down the stretch to get the edge to 14-13 after the first period.
The two teams played a closely fought contest from that point on. As halftime approached, Antigo got back a little bit of its breathing room to push the edge to 26-21 at the break.
In the third, both teams turned to their defenses as each side found it tough going on the offensive end.
Lakeland was able to take advantage of the slowed play as they tied the score at 33-33 heading into the final frame.
In the fourth, the defenses really clamped down as Antigo scored just five points and Lakeland tallied two in the last eight minutes.
With seconds remaining, Lakeland got a couple of looks at three point baskets that would have tied the game but neither went in and Antigo escaped with the win.
For more on this game, see the Tuesday print edition of The Lakeland Times.





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