The MHS girls basketball team lost to Bay Port 50-49 in the WIAA Division 1 state championship game at the Resch Center in Ashwaubenon on Saturday, March 9.
The Cardinals trailed 39-27 after a layup by Alaina Abel with 10 minutes, 32 seconds left in the game. MHS then went on a 16-3 run, capped by a layup by Sitori Tanin, to take a 43-42 lead with 3:49 left.
A 3-pointer by junior Josie Lemirande from the left corner gave MHS a 49-48 lead with 37 seconds left. After a missed Bay Port shot, the Pirates got the ball back on the alternating possession rule on a jump ball. Emma Nagel took the inbounds pass and drove along the left baseline to score with 4 seconds left.
It was Middleton's 11th state appearance and eighth since 2008. The Cardinals also finished second at state in 1993, 2003 and 2011.
The Cardinals finished the season 22-6.
The Cardinals advanced to the final with a 62-53 win over top-seeded and second-ranked Mukwonago in the state semifinals on March 8. Junior Evie Coleman had 19 points, senior Hannah Flottmeyer added 14 and junior Sitori Tanin had 10 points and 10 rebounds for MHS.