The 27 year state title drought for Algoma High School is over! The girls basketball team dominated throughout their state tournament capped with a 46-30 win over Colfax Saturday afternoon at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The sectional and state tournament run was captured in its entirety by Nick Freimuth, Paul Schmitt and Brad Jossie on 104.1 FM WRLU and on DoorCountyDailyNews.com.
Winning their first state title in girls hoops since 1986, the Wolves pressure defense kept the Vikings to only ten points in the second half.
Kennedy Blahnik poured in 17 points and grabbed nine rebounds to lead the Wolves. "Packerland Conference Player of the Year" Taylor Schmidt scored all seven of her points in the second half. Freshman Baleigh Delorit had her best game of the tournament with nine total points. Meg Ryan was an unsung hero for Algoma in the final, her five first half points helping the Wolves get through a difficult opening 16 minutes with a two point lead.
The famous Algoma "Buzz" defense picked it up in the second half. Colfax scored just three points in the third quarter as Algoma started to pull away. A big fourth quarter for Algoma left yet another team in disbelief.
The Wolves clinched the WIAA Division 4 state title with an astonishing 16 point victory. All six postseason Algoma victories were by double digits. The Wolves finished the tournament with an amazing point differential of +117 over six games. The average winning margin for Algoma throughout the regionals, sectionals and state was an unheard of 19.5 points per game.
The 2012-2013 girls basketball state championship banner will now hang in the Algoma High School Gymnasium, a.k.a. the "Wolf Den," along with the 1981 and 1986 tournament championship banners.
Congratulations to Coach Mark Zastrow and the two Algoma seniors Taylor Schmidt and McKenzie Mueller for bringing home the gold ball, making the Kewaunee County Lake Michigan shore the golden coast after Kewaunee won their second straight state title, also on Saturday afternoon. The win runs Coach Mark Zastrow's overall record to 155-16 over seven seasons. Look out Packerland Conference and anyone that stands in their way next season.
The Wolves return 12 of their 14 players from this year's state title run. You can listen back to each and every one if the sectional and state games by clicking on the media center button located on the left hand side of our homepage. Scroll to the date of the desired game and listen back to all four Wolves wins over the past two weeks.
A special thank you goes out to color commentator Brad Jossie and all of the great sponsors that made possible the broadcast of Algoma Wolves tournament basketball.