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Westfield heads to State for first time in program history

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The Westfield girls basketball team is on a roll and making some history in the process by playing in the state tournament for the first time in program history.

With a 20-5 overall record, the Pioneers advanced to State with a 58-55 win over Amherst in the section finale.

"All of the girls are capable of scoring in double figures on any given night. It gives us some good scoring balance obviously," said Westfield's head coach Luke Showen.

Luke Showen - Westfield Head Coach

"What we lack in size with our tallest play at about 5'10" on a good day, we make up in hustle and toughness on the defensive side."

The Pioneers will have to be tough to beat the No. 1 seed in the Division 3 bracket, Aquinas on Friday.

Aquinas with play at State for the fifth consecutive season and won Division 4 titles in 2018 and 2019.

"Being ready for it? Time will tell. Aquinas has some experience. They've been there and done that," said Showen.

"Their coach has been there a number of times. It'll be a challenge no doubt, but we'll be up to it. We'll put our best foot forward and we're excited for it."

Westfield and Aquinas are scheduled to play on Friday at 10:45 a.m. at Menominee Nation Arena in Oshkosh in the Division-3 semifinals.

All State basketball games will be televised on WKOW.

Alec Ausmus

Sports reporter

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