MADISON - The Prescott High School Boys' Basketball team will play for its first-ever state tournament championship in its first-ever state title game today at 2:30 p.m. at the Kohl Center.
The No. 6 ranked Cardinals, 24-3 overall, will take on undefeated and No. 2 ranked Appleton Xavier, 27-0, in the Division 3 championship game.
Prescott advanced to the finals with a 74-67 win over No. 3 Lake Mills while Xavier toppled No. 1 Ripon 81-74 in the state semifinals Thursday.
Prescott's 7-1 senior center Owen Hamilton set a state tournament record for shooting percentage as he made 14-of-15 shots. He'll need to duplicate that performance and guards Pete Brookshaw, Luke Murphy, Joe Roosen and Nick Simon will need to make the timely three-point shot they did against Lake Mills to beat Xavier, which is appearing in back-to-back state final games and finished runner-up last season.
Hamilton also was awarded the Wisconsin Sports Net's Senior Post-Player of the Year award yesterday.
The Cards' will also have to find a way on defense to disrupt Xavier's amazing scoring balance. The Hawks had four players in double figures in their state semifinal contest led by Hunter Plamann's 22 points and 25 points from fellow guard Sam Ferris. Ferris made 8-of-10 baskets, including 4-for-5 from three-point range against Ripon. For the game Xavier shot nearly 60 percent from the field.
Xavier is playing for its first WIAA state title. The Hawks won two state tournament crowns in the old WISAA state tournament for private schools and were runner-ups many times.