ASHWAUBENON - Kewaunee and East Troy both feature five senior starters.
But the similarities tend to end there for the teams that will square off in the WIAA Division 3 state championship on Saturday at the Resch Center.
The Storm advanced to its third straight championship game behind the play of its defense in a 40-27 victory against Lodi, while the Trojans will be making their first title appearance after ending Neillsville’s 54-game winning streak in a 68-56 win on Friday.
Neillsville, last year’s D4 champion, had not allowed more than 37 points in a single game prior to seeing East Troy, who lost in the D3 semifinals to Oostburg last year in its first state appearance.
That changed against a Trojans squad that shot 45.8 percent from 3-point range (11-for-24), as Northern Michigan University recruit Breanna Gaspervich scored a game-high 25 points to go along with 19 from senior Rachel Atchison, who went 6-for-12 from behind the arc.
Kewaunee has allowed an opponent to score more than 40 points only twice this season. Those games were against Algoma (49-46 loss) and Green Bay Notre Dame (51-47 win), who are also going after state titles in D4 and D2 on Saturday.
“The style of play is going to be really interesting,” East Troy coach Jeff Brown said about the matchup with Kewaunee.
“Kewaunee is a little bit slower. They like to grind it out. But they have some unbelievably good athletes. We’re just fortunate enough to play them, and we’re looking forward to the opportunity.”