March of 2011.

The last time New Holstein hosted a girls basketball regional game. It's also the last time the Huskies won a post season tournament game.

Ten years of futility finally came to a close Tuesday night as New Holstein outlasted a stubborn Sheboygan Lutheran squad, 55-44, in a WIAA Division 3 regional opening round game at NHHS.

The Huskies, seeded fourth, led most of the way, but never comfortably over the fifth seeded Crusaders. The win vaults Corbin Thompson's Huskies to a regional semifinal Friday at top seeded and undefeated Howards Grove at 7 pm.

A Rose Hahn three-pointer with just over four minutes left pulled the Crusaders to within 43-40. New Holstein then closed out with a 12-4 run led by Grace Schisel and the games' leading scorer Jess Diedrich.

"Sheboygan Lutheran is very well coached," said Thompson.

"They battled us throughout. All I can say is that our win over Two Rivers last Friday really helped us tonight knowing how to pull out close games."

The Huskies edged TR, 51-48, in their regular season finale.

New Holstein takes an 11-8 record to Howards Grove. Sheboygan Lutheran finishes at 8-17.

New Holstein 55 Sheboygan Lutheran 44
New Holstein (fg ftm-a pf tp): Ava Heise 2 0-0 0. 6, Brianna Guelig 4 0-0 1 10, Cami Guelig 0 0-0 0. 0, Alyssa Woelfel 1 0-0 2. 2, Lauren Danes 4 0-2 2. 8, Anna Heise 0 0-0 0. 0, Grace Schisel 4 1-1 3 11, Jess Diedrich 6 4-5 3 16, Payton Grenzer 1 0-0 2. 2. TOTALS: 22 5-8 13 55.
Sheboygan Lutheran: Julia Richardson 0 0-0 0. 0, Anna Splittgerber 3 0-0 2. 9, Rose Hahn 4 0-0 2 11, Madelyn Pfannkuch 0 0-0 0. 0, Maddie Zylstra 3 0-0 5. 6, Alexandra Stricker 3 2-2 2. 9, Kate Rammes 1 2-5 1. 5, Faith Pape 1 2-3 2. 4. TOTALS: 15 6-10 14 44.
Score by Halves
New Holstein 26-29=55
Sheb. Lutheran 21-23=44
3-Point Field Goals Made: New Holstein 6 (Ava Heise 2, B. Guelig 2, Schisel 2) Sheboygan Lutheran 8 (Splittgerber 3, Hahn 3, Stricker 1, Rammes 1)

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