Glendale Nicolet wins WIAA Division 1 title
But this season taught Wolf never to doubt her Knights, who rallied in the fourth quarter to beat the Cardinals 58-54 and take home the school's first-ever girls basketball state championship.
"When they're down, they come right back. They're fighters," Wolf said. "We have not been down in a lot of games. But it came down to pride."
Senior guard Ashley Green led Glendale Nicolet with 17 points, while junior guard Brittney Fair added 13 points, including 11 in the second half. Fair's two free throws with 19.6 seconds left sealed the Knights' victory.
"It was all confidence," Fair said. "It was big. It meant a lot to make them."
Fair, held scoreless from the field in the first half, spent the second half building her confidence. She hit four of her five shots, none bigger than the 3-pointer she nailed from the left corner with 6:12 remaining that tied the game at 45-45. On the Knights' next possession, Fair's baseline drive gave the Knights their first lead of the game at 47-45.
Green then scored on a fast break off a Middleton turnover to make it 49-45 with 5:12 to go.
The Cardinals stayed close, but their chance for a tie was wide right when senior Kerry Gardner missed a 3-point try in the closing seconds with Glendale Nicolet ahead 57-54. That snapped Middleton's 26-game winning streak.
Gardner scored 14 of her game-high 18 points in the first half, when the Cardinals pulled out to a 30-18 lead with 2 minutes left in the second quarter.
Glendale Nicolet, playing for the third straight night because of two weather delays to its Super Tuesday game with DePere this week, finished its season at 27-2. Middleton's only other loss was its opening game of the season to Morgan Park (Ill.).