High school basketball: Gillett girls claim regional title

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Tigers upset top seed to advance

Times Herald Staff

The Gillett girls basketball team holds up its Division 5 regional title plaque after taking down top-seeded Oneida Nation on Feb. 23. (Photo by Danyell Franti)

For a second straight year, the Gillett girls basketball team has claimed a Division 5 regional title.

Last year, the Tigers accomplished the feat as a No. 5 seed, upsetting top-seeded Oneida Nation in the regional title game. This year, Gillett took a similar path, upsetting top-seeded Oneida Nation, but as a No. 4 seed.

Gillett will face second-seeded Wausaukee at Crivitz High School on Thursday in a sectional semifinal. The winner advances to play in the sectional final at Wausau East High School on Saturday.

The win might come as a surprise to some who thought Justin Daul’s young team was a year or two away from reaching its full potential, the Gillett head coach said. “But if you ask my coaches and my parents and fans in the community, this is wasn’t a surprise — the talent is there. Just the experience is what we were lacking,” Daul said. He fully expects them to rise up and execute in the next big game. “I wouldn’t put anything past these girls.”

In a 58-46 victory over Oneida Nation on Saturday afternoon, Gillett outscored the hosts 23-15 in the second half to pull away.

Sydney Young scored 15 points to lead Gillett. Aubrey DeBauch and Grace Wickman each added 10 points, while Karissa Schaal scored nine.

Aubrey DeBauch also had six rebounds and five assists, while Schaal tallied five steals and five assists. Brianna DeBauch posted seven points and four steals.

The fourth-seeded Tigers escaped with a 54-47 victory over fifth-seeded Wabeno/Laona at Gillett High School on Friday.

Gillett held onto its seven-point halftime lead, matching the co-op’s 31 second half points.

Schaal scored 15 points to go along with five rebounds, three steals and two blocks. Macy Franti totaled 11 points and seven rebounds.

Aubrey DeBauch recorded 11 points, 13 rebounds, five steals and three blocks, while Young had nine points. Camryn Long also blocked three shots.

Gillett opened its postseason hosting 13th-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas Academy on Feb. 19, rolling to a 63-33 victory.

Gillett dominated the first half, leading 37-14 after 18 minutes of play, before coasting to the win.

Aubrey DeBauch finished the contest with 18 points, 19 rebounds and four assists, while Schaal had 15 points and three steals.

Young had 10 points, while Long grabbed eight boards. Nine different Tiger players scored in the lopsided win.

“Wausaukee will be a big test and a game I know my girls want to win and avenge a couple of losses,” said Daul, on the upcoming matchup against the Rangers. “We look forward to the opportunity ahead, and (I’m) very proud of my girls for their effort and dedication.”