KIMBERLY — When the girls basketball brackets were released for the local Division 1 teams there was a little discussion about the seeding for Kimberly and Sheboygan North.
Both finished the regular season 22-0, so each obviously thought it had a right to be seeded No. 1. In the end, North received the nod, despite its nonconference opponents having a combined record of 41-38, while Kimberly’s was 70-15.
Maybe the most important factor in these seeds was among the nine teams in the bracket, eight were from the conference North hails from, the Fox River Classic Conference.
Kimberly was the lone Fox Valley Association school and lost out.
Thursday, these seeds take a back seat to what will be the game of the night in the state for girls basketball. North and Kimberly, both 24-00 meet at Green Bay Preble in a sectional semifinal, and the seeds will mean nothing.
Kimberly, which edged De Pere, 36-35, in a regional final is ready for the matchup.
“We’re both undefeated,” FVA player of the year Frankie Wurtz. “Everyone in the state is thinking different things, so we really want to prove ourselves. It’s going to be a really good game.”
Coach Troy Cullen mentioned after Saturday’s win over De Pere his team needs to start better to beat North, but he’s looking forward to the game
“This is what it’s all about; tournament time, we need to step it up,” he said. “One thing matters, at the end if you’re number one. Who’s one or two doesn’t matter right now. I have not had two 24-0 teams go at it in the sectional semis, but it doesn’t matter about record right now, it matters about results. We just have to come out and play well.”
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