Gillett falls in sectional championship

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Gillett High School senior Willow Pecha drives up the court during a WIAA Division 5 sectional semifinal against Wausaukee on Thursday. (Photo by Danyell Franti)

The Gillett High School girls basketball team fell one game shy of a state tournament appearance Saturday after a 52-40 loss to Newman Catholic in the WIAA Division 5 sectional final.

The fifth-seeded Tigers defeated four teams to advance to the sectional championship. Gillett dominated No. 12 Goodman/Pembine (72-25) and No. 4 Niagara (forfeit) before taking the regional title with a 66-65 overtime upset against No. 1 Oneida Nation.

Gillett edged Wausaukee in another 66-65 win before taking on No. 2 Newman Catholic.

The Tigers finish third in the Marinette & Oconto Conference (12-4) and were 20-7 overall.