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Kewaskum wins program's first-ever gold ball, topping Milwaukee Academy of Science in the Division 3 title game

03/12/2023, 11:15pm CDT
By Norbert Durst

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Kewaskum, like McDonell Central (D5) and Laconia (D4) in the first two games of the day, claimed the program's first-ever WIAA state championship. 

The Indians earned a hard-fought victory against Milwaukee Academy of Science, 55-51, in the Division 3 state championship game.

Kewaskum led 32-23 at halftime and by as many as 11 points in the second half, MAS then stormed back, taking a 48-47 lead with a three-point play by senior Lalani Ellis with 4:30 left. The Indians took the lead back with a pair of free throws by senior Julia Steger with 1:54 remaining and made six of nine free throws the rest of the way. 

Steger, a 5-6 guard, scored a game-high 23 points, including going 8-for-11 from the free throw line while adding 10 rebounds. 

Senior Madi Dogs, a 6-0 wing/forward who is signed with NCAA NJIT, contributed 13 points, nine rebounds, four assists, and four blocks. 

Fellow senior Morgan Adams, a 6-0 forward, joined Steger and Dogs in double figures, netting 11 points and dishing out four assists for coach Mark Maley and the Indians. 

The Indians shot 19-for-41 from the floor and 16-for-24 from the free throw line while MAS shot 19-for-56 from the floor and 7-for-9 from the charity stripe. 

Kewaskum finishes the year with a 24-5 record in the program's third trip to the state tournament. 

Milwaukee Academy of Science (23-4) was led by senior Beautiful Waheed, a 5-10 guard, who finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks, and three assists for coach Giovanni Riley and the Novas. 

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