PLATTEVILLE (WKOW)-- The Platteville girls basketball team is heading to the WIAA State Tournament for the first time since 1984.
The Hillmen earned the number one seed after finishing the year 21-0 and winning the SWC for the third time in five years.
"You know it's the first time in 36 years and since our freshman year, actually since we were little girls, we've been working towards this State Championship goal," Platteville Senior Sami Martin said. "We want to win the last game of the season, and the only way to do that is to become a state champ."
"We just need to play our game and have fun," Platteville Senior Izzy Carroll said. "We need to enjoy the moment because obviously it is never going to happen for us again. I think if we just play our game and have fun then we should be able to do pretty well."
The Hillmen start five seniors who have all played together for as long as they can remember.
"We're best friends on and off the court, so I think that helps, and just like the amount of hours, the amount of like practices, open gyms, all the summer work too, just to know that all that hard work over the past like eight years has finally paid off," Carroll said.
"These girls have been regional champions now for four years straight, our program now five years in a row," Platteville Head Coach Mike Foley said. "These girls have been beat by the defending state champion three years in a row so they're just, they're ready."
Platteville will take on Arcadia on Thursday at 1:35 p.m. in the Division 3 State Semifinals.