The city of Oconto Falls emptied into the Resch Center to watch the Panthers basketball team play it's first ever State Tournament game this morning. The Orange clad crowd won't get to cheer the girls in the championship game but they'll remember the journey. Oconto Falls was beaten by a strong Kettle Moraine Lutheran team in the Division 3 semifinals 64-41 to bring an abrupt end to their first trip to state and finish their season with a record of 22-4. The Chargers hit their first three shots, all from three point range to seize a 9-0 lead and the Panthers never mounted a challenge. KML improves to 26-1 on the year. They were led by Andrea Meinert and Mikayla Voigt with 19 points each. The bigger story was the final game for Falls senior standout McKenna Larsen. The all state volleyball and softball player was terrific, scoring 31 of the Panthers' 41 points. She hit 10 of 21 shots, was 5 of 9 from three point range and pulled down 8 rebounds. The rest of the team made only three field goals in 27 attempts. Head Coach Mike Kaczmarek Jr. said afterwards, "I don't want to get emotional but you saw McKenna at her best today." Even Larsen fought back tears but said it was a dream come true to play at state.
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