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Colfax nips Prairie School

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A banner for the 2013 WIAA state girls basketball tournament hangs on the exterior of the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).
A banner for the 2013 WIAA state girls basketball tournament hangs on the exterior of the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon, Friday, Jan. 11, 2013. (courtesy of FOX 11).

The best was saved for last on a very successful opening day at the WIAA Girls State Basketball tournament hosted for the first time by the Resch Center.  Colfax defeated the Prairie School 42-42 in the tightest game of the first two sessions.  The Vikings advance to the Division 4 title game against Algoma on Saturday.  The game was tied five times with five lead changes, the last with 1:54 to play on a free throw by Ryleigh Prochnow.  Two more throws built the lead to 3 and Prairie missed a game tying three in the closing seconds but threw in a put back at the horn for the final margin.  Colfax (26-1) was led by Braana Steen with 16 points and 11 rebounds.  The Prairie School (24-3) was led by All State candidate Gabrielle Ortiz with 15 points but the Division 1 recruit struggled from the floor hitting just 6 of 23 shots. Colfax advances to their first title game on their third trip to state. The WIAA released attendance figures for Thursday's Division 5 and 4 semifinals and the 8440 fans far surpassed the 6242 who attended last year at the Kohl Center.

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