The third-seeded Bonduel High School girls basketball team upset top-seeded Oconto 50-38 to win its first regional championship since 1998 Saturday in Oconto.
The Bears (20-4) will face No. 5 Auburndale (15-10) in the sectional semifinal Thursday in Wausau.
Bonduel’s 28-22 lead at halftime was enough to give the Bears confidence in the second half. Oconto scored just five points in the third quarter as Bonduel pulled away.
“We started taking care of the ball and dealing with their pressure defense a little more,” Bonduel coach Missy Dowden said.
Jennifer Dowden, a 6-foot junior forward fresh off a 30-point performance Friday night, led the Bears with 20 points, 10 rebounds, three assists and two steals.
“She wants this,” Missy Dowden, Jennifer’s mother, said. “One step at a time, she wants each game.”
Lexi Reinke and Taylor Weier each added 10 pints. Reinke also had seven rebounds and four assists.