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Lodi girls basketball team makes first trip to state

By Emily Kumlien, ekumlien@wisctv.com
Published On: Mar 13 2013 04:28:58 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 13 2013 09:15:42 PM CDT
LODI, Wis. -

The Lodi girls basketball team will take on Kewaunee at 9:05 a.m. Friday in the Division 3 state semifinal.

It's the first trip to state for the Lodi girls basketball team, and not only are they keeping up with the boys team but they are also led by a father-daughter coaching team hoping to take home state gold.

"This community is just overwhelmed with basketball and it's great," said Lodi senior Autumn Paulson.

"It's been a whirlwind. It doesn't feel real yet. We call it good chaos," said head coach Kristi Paskey.

Paskey played at state in 1995 for Markesan High School.

"It's a once in a life time experience and you can't ever count on getting back there again, so enjoy every moment you are there," Paskey said.

Paskey's dad, Dan Sigurslid, was her head coach back then, and now he's come out of retirement to be her assistant.

"It's awesome. I get to spend every day with my dad and we get to share a passion we both have for the game. All his knowledge he has, it's really helped us grow as coaches and as a program," Paskey said.

"We are experiencing something good, especially with a father-daughter (team) and a chance to get to state like we did when I was coaching. It's just an extra mind on the bench trying to get things working the way we want," Sigurslid said.

"It's awesome they were together the other night when we were winning the sectional final. She started balling and they were hugging each other and it made me want to cry. It's just so special," said senior Sierra Jiran.

The dedicated Lodi fans followed the boys to Madison last week, where the Lodi boys took second place at state, and the fans do the same this week for the girls in Green Bay, even though it's an early wakeup call.

"The pep band, who we are very happy they come to our games, they have to get up at 4 a.m. to come and head out. It's so awesome they are doing it for us and we couldn't thank them enough," Paulson said.

The fan bus leaves Lodi High School at 5 a.m. Friday.

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