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Monroe girls basketball earns state berth
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Monroe sophomore Sydney Hilliard goes up for a layup Saturday. Hilliard scored a game-high 24 points and added 11 rebounds and five steals to power the Cheesemakers. (Times photo: Marissa Weiher)
MIDDLETON - This was the challenge facing the Monroe High School girls basketball team on Saturday: Beat a team from the same conference for the third time in one season to punch a ticket to state. That didn't phase Monroe coach Sam Mathiason, who recalled some helpful words once spoken by John Wooden. "John Wooden would say if you're the better team, you should kind of like your situation and expect to win the game a third time," Mathiason said of the philosophy of the legendary former UCLA coach, who earned the nickname "The Wizard of Westwood" while he won 10 NCAA national championships.

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