The first WIAA State Girls Basketball Tournament played outside of Madison was a resounding success over the weekend at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Nearly 40,000 fans attended the games over three days, reversing a three year trend of declining attendance at the event's former home, the Kohl Center. WIAA officials said the arena, as well as area hotels, the convention and visitors bureau and even the Green Bay Packers all delivered a winning effort. As for the basketball, Milwaukee Riverside won it's first state championship in Division 1, beating Mukwonago 55-41, Green Bay Notre Dame of the Fox River Classic Conference defeated New Berlin Eisenhower 42-33 for the title in Division 2. Kewaunee made it back to back titles in Division 3 with a dramatic 60-58 victory over East Troy as Alex Richard hit a layup at the final buzzer and fellow Packerland Conference member Algoma defeated Colfax 46-30 for the Division 4 championship. In Division 5, Wisconsin Rapids Assumption captured it's first state title with a 39-35 victory over Barneveld.
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