Kiel’s Season Ends with Devastating State Semifinal Defeat


Kiel’s Season Ends with Devastating State Semifinal Defeat

Kiel’s previously undefeated season came to an end in a heartbreaking fashion when they fell 57-55 to Lakeside Lutheran in the WIAA Division 3 state semifinal round. The Raiders were leading for the majority of the game, but Lakeside Lutheran went on a 7-0 run late in the second half to pull ahead. Warriors guard Kaycee Guzman hit a tough floater with 1.5 seconds remaining to secure the victory for Lakeside.

Despite Lakeside taking a 15-8 lead at the beginning of the game, Kiel responded with a 19-3 run to take a 27-21 lead into halftime. Raider’s senior Jack Heckmann tied the game up with a three in the final minute, but Guzman’s floater put the Warriors back in the lead. Guzman finished as the game’s leading scorer with 21 points, playing just over 25 minutes due to foul trouble in the first half.

Grant Manz led Kiel with 15 points and 15 rebounds, while Pierce Arenz contributed 12 points to the team’s effort. With this loss, Kiel finished the season with a remarkable record of 28-1. This season saw them winning their first conference title in 23 years and their first sectional title in 14 years. Despite falling short in the state semifinals, Kiel had a successful season with many achievements to be proud of.

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