Shawano made five of its six free throws down the stretch and held Wausau East scoreless over the final minute, until a last-second 3-pointer, to outlast the Lumberjacks, 79-73, Tuesday night.
Shawano got 22 points each from sophomores Kayla Ward, including 15 in the first half, and Tori DePerry, including 14 in the second half, in its WIAA Division 2 regional quarterfinal home win.
“Lately, I would say in the last three, four weeks, this is the best we’ve played,” Shawano head coach Ryan Koenig said. “We’ve got our whole team back.”
Shawano was without starters DePerry and Hannah Wendorff, who were both fighting injuries, over the closing weeks of the season. Both made it back to action just in time for the playoffs.
“It’s just a matter of getting the rust off,” Koenig said. “It’s good they got the rust off in the first half, and hopefully we’ve got a game under our belt.”