Neillsville's 54-game winning streak, spanning almost two years, is over, as they fell to East Troy in the Division 3 state semifinals at the Resch Center in Green Bay Friday.
The Warriors led 32-28 at half time, but were outscored by the Trojans in the third quarter 21-8, including a 8-0 run that gave East Troy a 10-point lead.
Neillsville was led by Junior guard Jennifer Lindner, who scored 26 points in the loss.
"It was hard for us, because we didn't move the ball that well. We didn't get enough inside looks to kick it out. I just thought they (East Troy) were really quick, played really good defense. We're gonna learn from this. We know what it feels like now and don't want to feel it again," said Lindner.
Neillsville head coach John Gaier said East Troy dictated the tempo throughout the game.
"I knew when we were coming in, it was going to be a game of tempo. I think it's pretty obvious which team was able to control the tempo. We were able to stay with them and score, but defensively we didn't get to our rotations quick enough," said Gaier.
"We tried to slow them down on defense, but that didn't work very well. We were kind of panicking, tried to make up for it on the offensive end, then we rushed our shots and couldn't make them, " said Senior guard Caitlynne Naughton.
Despite the loss, the team realizes how special their win streak has been the past couple of seasons.
"This streak means still coming to the end, still means a lot to me. Having that many wins is incredible. I'm proud to have that streak, " said Neillsville Senior Alleah Voigt.
Gaier says winning 54 straight games is an accomplishment his team should be proud of.
"It's tremendously special to share this streak with these kids," said Gaier.
Neillsville finishes the season 26-1.
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