The St. Joseph girls basketball team relied on senior leadership to keep its season alive Tuesday night.

The 10th-seeded Lancers (6-16) edged seventh-seeded HOPE Christian 65-61 on the road in a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Division-4 regional quarterfinal.

Senior Mary Furreness grabbed an offensive rebound and scored for the Lancers to even the score at 61-61. Senior Coreyonna Watts then hit a pair of free throws to give St. Joseph the lead for good, 63-61, with 35 seconds left.

“Our seniors stepped up big-time for us,” St. Joseph coach Jason Coker said.

Junior Katie Matrise put the game out of reach by knocking down a pair of free throws with five seconds left. She nailed 11 shots from the field and 7-of-8 free throws for a team-high 30 points. Watts added 10 points, and Furreness finished with nine.

The game remained tight throughout the first half, with the Lancers erasing a five-point deficit to tie the score at 27-27. After HOPE (14-8) built an eight-point lead in the second half, St. Joseph called timeout and evened the score again with an 8-0 run.

“I was very proud of our ladies tonight, as they fought back all game,” Coker said. “You have to love this time of year. The gym was so loud all game long, especially near the end.”

The Lancers will try to avenge a pair of regular-season losses to second-seeded Racine Prairie when the teams meet in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

“They should be proud, but when tomorrow comes tonight’s win means nothing,” Coker said. “We have to focus on Prairie. They have a great group of girls over there, and they have had our number this year and our ladies know that, too.”

Dodgeland 41,

Christian Life 14

The 11th-seeded Eagles finished their season 7-15 with a Division-4 regional quarterfinal loss at sixth-seeded Dodegland.

Dodgeland advances to play at third-seeded Ozaukee in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

No other details were available to the News by press time.

Division-1

Indian Trail 44,

Madison West 33

The 16th-seeded and host Hawks raced out to a 25-10 halftime lead in a regional quarterfinal win over 17th-seeded Madison West.

Indian Trail (4-19) advances to play at top-seeded Sun Prairie in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

Against Madison West (3-20), Jasani Williams went 7-of-11 from the free-throw line and made four field goals for the Hawks to lead all scorers with 15 points. Kalina Winlsow scored nine of her 10 points for Indian Trail in the first half, while Lauryn Johnson notched six of her eight points in the second half.

Eniya Driscoll led Madison West with 11 points.

Division-2

Jefferson 55,

Central 25

The 10th-seeded Falcons dropped a regional quarterfinal on the road to seventh-seeded Jefferson, ending Central’s season with a 3-20 mark.

Second-seeded Wilmot, which has won 11 consecutive games to reach 15-6, will host Jefferson in a regional semifinal at 7 p.m. Friday.

No other details were available to the News by press time.

Boys basketball

Wilmot 79, Lake Geneva Badger 70

The Panthers took a 44-28 lead into halftime and held on for a Southern Lakes Conference road victory over the Badgers.

Wilmot, which has won five of its last six games, improved to 16-5 overall and 9-4 in conference with the victory. Badger lost its sixth straight game and fell to 4-17 and 3-10.

Four players hit double digits in scoring for the Panthers. Kevin Brenner hit seven shots from the field and 6-of-8 free throws for a team-high 21 points, including 15 in the first half.

Kevin Sandman added 13 points for Wilmot, followed by Zack Watson with 11 and London Glass with 10.

Grant DuMez, who knocked down 11 shots, scored 25 of his game-high 28 points in the second half for the Badgers. Kale Rodgers chipped in 23 points.

Reuther 70, Tenor/Veritas 60

On the strength of 11 3-pointers, the host Bulldogs wrapped up their regular season with an Indian Trails Conference Blue Division win.

Reuther (9-12 overall) finished tied for third place in the conference at 7-7 and will play at fifth-seeded Lake Mills in a WIAA Division-3 regional quarterfinal Tuesday night. Reuther is the No. 12 seed.

Xavier Brzozowski made three 3-pointers and led all scorers with 22 points for Reuther on Tuesday, McClarney Bell and Kaden Gayheart each scored nine points and Jermaine Williams added eight.

James Cooper scored 19 points to lead Tenor/Veritas (3-12 overall, 0-11 ITC Blue).

Mike Johnson and Scott Koker

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