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The New London Bulldogs sterling run of back to back Division 2 state titles and 68 consecutive wins came to a dramatic end at the Resch Center this afternoon as New Berlin Eisenhower pulled off the 48-47 upset in a classic tournament thriller.  Erin Ganzke's driving three point play with 7.1 seconds left put the Lions in front.  After moving the ball to mid-court, New London called timeout with 1.7 seconds left.  Two inbound passes were deflected leaving just eight-tenths of a second remaining and the Bulldogs desperation heave bounced off the backboard at the horn.  New London raced out to a 15 point lead early in the second but the Lions rallied, closing the gap to 21-19 at intermission.  The game stayed razor thin the rest of the way with 8 lead changes in the 4th quarter alone.  Senior standout Brenna Heise connected on a pair of huge three point shots but Jenny Weiland answered for New Berlin late when her 3 from the corner somehow glanced off the board and through. The Bulldogs Mickeey Roland made just one of two free throws around a timeout with :17 to play setting up the heroic drive by Ganzke.  Eisenhower got 17 points from Weiland and 16 from Ganzke to improve to 25-2 on the year and they avenged last year's title game loss to the Bulldogs.  After winning two straight, head coach Troy Krause stepped down and 23 year old first year coach Andrea Flease won her first 26 games on the job until falling short today.  Heise finished with 19 points and said after the game her career in New London was pretty special, losing only 4 varsity games, three straight trips to state and a pair of gold balls.  Special indeed.  New Berlin will meet Green Bay Notre Dame for the Division 2 championship Saturday night at 6:30 PM.

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