Polar Bears can't overcome frigid shooting in state semifinal loss
GREEN BAY (WLUK) -- In Hortonville's sectional final game it scored 74 points, showing what it's capable to do when everything is running smoothly.
Based off that performance what happened Friday at the girls state tournament is hard to explain.
Hortonville was held to a season-low in points and shot just 27 percent as the Polar Bears's season came to an end with a 46-36 loss to Cudahy in a semifinal game at the Resch Center.
"It's definitely tough not seeing the ball go in, especially when you're working so hard for shots and your teammates working so hard for you to get open," said Hortonville junior Shay Frederick. "Stuff like that happens. I just to have to find another way, I have to adjust. If it's not falling, it's not falling."
Frederick entered the game with 76 3-pointers on the season and hit at least one trifecta in every game this season. However, the terrific guard had an off day at the wrong time, shooting 3-for-15 from the field, including 0 for 6 from three-point range.
But it wasn't just Frederick. Hortonville missed from everywhere, which was so unexpected.
"A little bit of it that was tightness," Polar Bears coach Celeste Ratka said. "We missed quite a few layups that we normally put in and I think that just got us even more tight. When you start missing layups one turns into two. The kids just never relaxed in the game."
Despite the poor shooting, Hortonville (20-6) trailed 36-32 with less than four minutes to play, but then Cudahy scored on a full-court pass from out of bounds to go up six points and the Polar Bears never regrouped.
The loss stung Hortonville, but it was a great season with a new coach.
"It's been incredible," Frederick said. "With coach coming in we knew we could do anything, especially who she brought in, her experience, her knowledge for the game, just working hard all year, making it here cause it's been our goal, especially coming up short last year.
"I think it's been incredible. We have nothing to hang our heads about."
"All the credit goes to the kids, they just really brought in," Ratka said. "They really believed. They were hungry to win and that's all you can for as a coach."
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