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Xtra Points: Milton, Whitewater headed to sectionals

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Eric Schmoldt , Dave von Falkenstein and John Barry
Wednesday, March 1, 2017

The seasons of 80 high school girls basketball teams around the state continue this week, with that number being whittled down to 20 by the end of the weekend and those teams advancing to the state tournament at the Resch Center.

Two of those teams are Milton and Whitewater, which play in sectional semifinals Thursday night.

The Red Hawks have had an up-and-down season sometimes maligned by injuries and illness but seem to have saved their best for last. Seeded fifth, they went on the road to be fourth-seeded Burlington and top-seeded Union Grove last weekend. Next up is another Southern Lakes Conference foe in Wilmot. The teams play at 7 p.m. Thursday in Fort Atkinson.

The Whippets have been ranked No. 1 in Division 3 for much of the season, though Edgewood hasn't been far behind. Those two teams meet in a game at 7 p.m. Thursday at Janesville Craig in a matchup that will likely have the feel of a state championship game. Whitewater won the D3 state championship in 2015 but was ousted by Edgewood in a regional final a year ago. The Crusaders advanced all the way to the state tournament, losing in a semifinal. Thursday's matchup will feature future Division I college players in Whitewater's Myriama Smith-Traore and Edgewood's Estella Moschkau.

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