March 10, 2023 – Kewaskum, WI – Seventy-year-old Kewaskum girls coach Mark Maley isn’t worried about any of his players getting injured on their off day before the big WIAA D3 State Championship on Saturday in Green Bay.
This morning the team, which face off against Milwaukee Science Academy at 2:30 p.m. on March 11, 2023, went through a light practice and an hours’ worth of film study before heading to a different sort of workout.
Behind the scenes the girls are taking in the sights in Green Bay and blowing off some nervous energy at 1st and Bowl, an indoor facility that combines football with bowling and has an indoor basketball court.
If you’re a basketball team awaiting the big game, what do you do? If you’re the Kewaskum Indians, you crash a kids birthday party and challenge them to a game of dodgeball.
The kids were not intimidated by the six footers Morgan Adams or Madi Dogs.
Just like on the hardcourt, the team from Kewaskum showed little mercy.
The Kewaskum Indians will face No. 4 Milwaukee Academy of Science (23-3) in the D3 WIAA State final at the Resch Center in Green Bay, WI.
The Indians secured a hard-fought victory, 46-34, Thursday afternoon vs. a scrappy W. Salem team. Celebrating the win was a record fan base for Kewaskum which picked up a $2,000 check for the school district from the Green Bay Chamber of Commerce for selling the most tickets to the D3 matchup.
Click HERE to look at the final stats as Morgan Adams led the Indians with 19 points.
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No. 2 W. Salem was a challenge for No. 3 Kewaskum. Both teams had a smothering defense, both struggled from the floor offensively and each suffered its fair share of turnovers.
The Indians, however, held the lead the majority of the game and according to assistant coach Kory Dogs, their senior leadership and confidence helped control the game.
“At this time of year, there’s a lot of good teams and you have to bring your A game to have a chance to win,” he said. “Our style is not comfortable for most teams to play and as long as we can stick to our guns, and play our style, we have a great shot to beat anybody and that’s what we’ve been doing.”
The WIAA D3 state final between Kewaskum and Milwaukee Science Academy will tip around 2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 11, 2023.
Milwaukee Academy of Science advanced with a 64-57 win over top seed Waupun. Click HERE to look at final stats from that game.
Dogs had this preview. “They’re going to fly up and down the court, they’re going to shoot it and shoot it and shoot it and rebound like crazy. So, we have to slow them down and keep them off the boards a bit and take care of the ball on our end. We can do it.”
Locally, The Fifth Quarter Sports Bar in Kewaskum, WI is televising the game. Come join us and cheer on your Indians.
Click HERE for WIAA D3 Tournament bracket
A big sendoff for the girls’ team on Thursday as students and fans lined the street to wish the Indians ‘Good Luck.’
This is the team’s first trip to the WIAA State Tournament since 1982.