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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

PHS boys basketball team hopes experience lifts it at state tournament

Prescott High School Boys’ Basketball Coach Nick Johnson knows taking a team to its first-ever state tournament experience is a hectic one which can overshadow the game it has to play at the Kohl Center in Madison.

That’s why this time around Johnson and the Cardinal boys’ hoops team hopes the experience gained from PHS’s first-ever state tournament bid 2015 will pay off in helping Prescott the state title in Division 3 if not have an edge over its state semifinal opponent Lake Milles, which is making its first appearance at state in school history this season.

“It’s an incredible experience,” Johnson said. “From the banquet to hitting the Kohl Center floor for the first time, it’s amazing.  Hopefully having been down there two years ago and having players who were a part of that team will give us a lift because I think experience helps. It will help our confidence a lot.”

Just being there for the first time as Prescott was back in 2015 was enough to deal with let alone having to play the defending state champions in Brown Deer in the semifinals. Brown Deer certainly used its state tourney experience to hand PHS a semifinal loss.

PHS has four players from that squad on this year’s Cardinal team: Owen Hamilton, Pete Brookshaw, Luke Murphy and Nick Simon and they can attest to the lifetime of memories one is rewarded for making state.

“It’s an amazing trip to take from the game itself to being in Madison, the banquet for the players, everything,” Brookshaw said. “It’s a lot of fun and we have a great group to go down with.”

Johnson hopes their familiarity with state will lead the team past any kind of jitters when game against the L-Cats, brand new to the state experience, begins.

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Prescott's Owen Hamilton puts up a jump shot over Maple Northwestern's Alex Tecker during the WIAA Division 3 sectional semifinal contest in River Falls.

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