The undefeated Rufus King Lady Generals are heading to state.
King (25-0) will face off with Appleton North (26-0) on Friday at 6:35 p.m. in the WIAA State Girls Basketball Division 1 semifinals in Green Bay.
On Thursday morning, King students and staff held a pep rally to send the team off in style.
“It’s a big accomplishment for us,” said senior captain Jada Patterson.
Parents are excited too. Lady Generals guard Kaye Clark’s mother, Shamika Ellis, is hopeful the team will return with a state title.
“These girls are very determined. They work hard. They want it,” Ellis said.
Patterson said the group will focus on one game at a time, but she’s excited to soak in the atmosphere of playing at the state tournament.
“We want to do this for King, and to put MPS on the map,” Patterson said.
Thursday’s rally also recognized the Rufus King Cheerleaders, who won their second state championship in a row, and wrestler Liam Arnold, who participated in the state tournament.
Senior cheerleader JaMisha Matos said the student body at King always supports its athletes.
"Our school has such a positive atmosphere, and to bring that from Milwaukee to Green Bay is going to be amazing," Matos said.
The winner of tomorrow night’s basketball game will play either De Pere (24-2) or Middleton (23-3) in the state title game Saturday at 8:15 p.m.
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