Every so often there are special teams that come together to achieve something rare, a memory which will last a lifetime. A local basketball team did just that.
The Lakeland seventh grade girls’ basketball team won the League Championship Tournament (LCT) hosted in Lacrosse on Nov. 16-17, becoming the first ever Lakeland team to have ever won, boys or girls, since the tournament originated 20 years ago.
“They had an outstanding 2018-2019 season, which allowed then to qualify for this tournament, consisting of the top 32 ranked 7th grade girls teams, from all divisions (one-five) spanning from Minnesota to Wisconsin,” coach Melissa Ouimette said.
Lakeland was ranked second with an “A” rating among all of the teams.
The girls won seven straight games in two days, including a 46-44 victory over West Salem in the championship game off a three-point shot by Kristina Ouimette with 4.6 seconds left in the game.
Lakeland participated in three pool play games to begin the first day. In pool play, they soundly defeated Marshfield 53-30, Prescott Red 57-18 and Plainview-Elgin-Millville 55-27.
“These three wins placed Lakeland into the round of 16,” Ouimette said.
In the round of 16, Lakeland defeated Esko 43-22 to advance to the one-eight quarterfinals.
These quarterfinals started off day two. Lakeland defeated Proctor 31-11 to advance to the one-four quarterfinals where they played Wausau West.
Lakeland defeated Wausau West 46-34 to advance to the championship game, using their defense to their advantage.
“Lakeland’s press and scoring threats were too much for Wausau West to handle,” Ouimette said.
It’ll be a weekend these girls will remember forever.
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