Sikora leads Papermakers to regional title
KIMBERLY (WLUK) -- Bryn Sikora didn't start Monday's Division 1 regional final but it didn't stop her from making an impact.
The Kimberly junior scored 16 points to lead a balanced attack as the No. 2 Papermakers defeated No. 7 Hudson, 57-43, to win their first regional title since 2015.
"It means a lot for these girls because they're in the final four in the sectional, top 16 in the state," coach Troy Cullen said. "These kids have earned it. I think they've had a great year."
"We've been working for this all year and we want it super-bad; it's just really exciting for us to make it this far," Sikora said.
Kimberly (22-2) led throughout and by as many as 16 points. However, despite having five players score seven or more points, including 11 from freshman Maddy Schreiber, Kimberly struggled at times missing many shots from point-blank range.
Fortunately, Sikora was on her game all game.
"Some of our girls were in foul trouble so I wanted to step up for the team," she said. "We all wanted it and I wanted it, too. I was just trying to step up for everyone."
"Bottom line this time of the year you just want to win," Cullen said. "Hudson made a run at us and then we found a way to get some good backdoor cuts and Bryn Sikora, obviously, had some nice baskets down the stretch."
A strength of Kimberly is it has many players who can score in double figures and that was on display Monday.
"You look at our games through the year, Alina (Hampton) scores 15 to 20, another kid scores 15 to 20, so that's huge," Cullen said. "Every night another team might take someone away. Balanced scoring, that's what we teach."
Kimberly next plays No. 3 Stevens Point (22-2) at Waupaca on Thursday in a sectional semifinal. Sikora likes the direction Kimberly is headed in.
"I'm pretty confident," Sikora said. "We've grown a lot this year. We're all working hard and we all have the same common goal."
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