The 44th annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association (WIAA) Girls Basketball State Tournament will take place this Thursday through Saturday, March 7-9, at the Resch Center in Green Bay.

The single-elimination tournament features a five-division format with four teams qualifying in each of the five divisions. Teams are seeded once they reach State.

Ticket price for the tourney is $10 per session when purchased at the Resch Center. Tickets for the tournament will also be available for purchase online on the Ticket Star website at ticketstaronline.com. All-session, as well as individual-session tickets are available for purchase online for $12 per session. 

The tourney will kick off Thursday with Division 3 semifinal games, as No. 1-seed Marshall (24-2) will play No. 4 Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau (24-2) at 1:35 p.m., followed by No. 2 Laconia (26-0) against No. 3 Freedom (23-3).

The Division 4 semifinals will be next with No. 1 Aquinas (25-1) facing No. 4 Milwaukee Academy of Science (19-5) at 6:35 p.m. Thursday and No. 2 Melrose-Mindoro (25-1) battling No. 3 Colby (25-0).

Then on Friday, the Division 5 semifinal games will have No. 1 Black Hawk (26-0) against No. 4 Fall River (24-3) at 9:05 a.m., followed by No. 2 Clayton (26-0) against No. 3 Wausau Newman Catholic (24-3).

The Division 2 semifinals will start at 1:35 p.m. Friday with No. 1 Beaver Dam (25-1) facing No. 4 Hortonville (19-7), followed by No. 2 Whitefish Bay (23-3) playing No. 3 Monroe (20-6).

The Division 1 semifinals will start at 6:35 p.m. Friday, with No. 1 Mukwonago (24-1) facing No. 4 Middleton (21-5) and No. 2 Bay Port (25-1) meeting No. 3 Kimberly (23-3).

Saturday is championship day at the Resch Center, starting with a 3-Point Challenge at 9:30 a.m. The Division 5 championship game is at 11:05 a.m., followed by the Division 4 and Division 3 title games. The Division 2 championship game will be at 6:35 p.m., followed by the Division 1 title game.

For those not making the trip to Green Bay, the State Tournament will be televised live on WAOW-TV in Wausau and WYOW-TV in Eagle River. The championships will also be streamed on the statewide network station websites. 

The first WIAA State Girls Basketball Championship Tournament was held in 1976. The tournament was held at the UW Field House from 1976-’97 and also in 1999, 2000 and 2002. The championships were held at the Kohl Center in 1998, 2001, 2003, 2005 and 2010-’12, and at the Alliant Energy Center in 2004 and 2006-’09. The current site of the tournament, the Resch Center in Green Bay, became the home of the tournament in 2013. 

Good luck to all the teams in this year’s State Girls Basketball Tournament. It should be another great State championship event for the WIAA, teams and fans.