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Sheboygan Lutheran moving on to D5 state championship with 74-61 win

Crusaders roll past McDonnell Catholic, 74-61
Posted at 10:51 AM, Mar 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-03-15 11:51:16-04

MADISON, Wis. — Top-seeded Sheboygan Lutheran is headed back to the Division 5 state championship game.

The Crusaders handled McDonnell Central Catholic in the semifinal game Friday morning, 74-61, leading by as many as 15 points as they pulled away in the second half.

Four players notched at least 12 points for the Crusaders, and they allowed just six turnovers. On the other end, they capitalized with 20 points off turnovers.

"I think our preparation coming into this game was very important," said head coach Nick Verhagen. "We knew the strengths of McDonnell Central, and they showed up, and we adjusted really well."

Jacob Ognacevic put up a game-high 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Crusaders.

Sheboygan Lutheran, which last won a Division 5 gold ball in 2012, will face the winner of the other D5 semifinal, No. 2 Columbus Catholic or No. 3 Bangor.