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Bangor girls basketball earns state wide attention

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Three weeks into the girls hoops season and already Bangor has shown it is a legitimate contender for a state title.

The Cardinals are off to a 5-0 start and are the top-ranked team in division 5.

Bangor is still a young team, although it returns all five starters from its lineup a year ago

They feature four juniors led by Emma Wittmershaus and Alea Fortier but they aren't afraid to pass the ball around to get the better shot.

They want contributions from up and down the lineup.

"The nature of our team here right now is everybody's a threat. The girls in general are finding each other, find the open person. As we kind of emphasize, don't take the good shot, look for the great shot. That's pretty key with us right now and the girls have been doing that," said head coach Merlin Jones.

"One night maybe I'll be the leading scorer, but the other night it's Haylee who had 17 against Necedah. Alea has an amazing outside shot. (Arianna Hunt) and (Jaclynn Freit) are great inside and outside shooters too. We're all just so equal everywhere, it's awesome that we can all be like that," said Wittmershaus.

Wittmershaus still has a lot of high school basketball ahead of her.

But she announced last week she will play college ball for division 1 UW-Milwaukee.

 "I just felt a lot more connected with them. They were really family-like to me and I really love the coaching staff down there too. They really just connected with their players. They always sent me good-luck texts even in volleyball season too, they sent me fun videos. They were always there for me throughout the way," Wittmershaus said.

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