Not only can South Shore High School in Port Wing boast the smallest enrollment in the state tournament field – 42 – it also leads with the most family members.
Coach Clendon Gustafson’s two daughters were the focus of a Cardinals team that entered Thursday’s Division 5 semifinal undefeated. Barneveld knocked them out 54-45.
Megan Gustafson, a 6-foot-3 sophomore, had a game-high 26 points and added 10 rebounds Thursday. She led the state in scoring at 31.1 points per game and added 12.7 rebounds per game.
Emily Gustafson, a 6-2 senior, had 17 rebounds against Barneveld after leading the state in rebounding at a 17.7 clip.
“It was really cool playing with my sister at state,” Megan said. “We didn’t know we’d make it, so it was really awesome.”
It was Clendon’s first season coaching the South Shore girls team after coaching the boys team for 13 years.
“The girls responded really well to my coaching,” he said. “I left it all on the court and there weren’t too many family feuds at home.”