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After scoring a season-low 29 points in a disappointing loss to Wisconsin Dells on Dec. 19, the Portage prep girls basketball team has found its groove, picking up a pair of victories to win the Lakeland Holiday Classic over winter break in Minocqua.

Portage opened the tournament with a thrilling 62-58 overtime victory over Merrill on Thursday. The Warriors forced overtime when Tess Wilson scored with 6 seconds remaining in regulation, tying the game at 52. In overtime, Portage’s MacKenzie Roth took over, scoring eight of her team’s 10 points, as Portage held on for the victory.

Roth led Portage with 19 points in the win, while Wilson had 13 and Taylor Bretsch had 10.

In the championship game Friday, Portage scored a season-high 76 points, and rallied from a 44-38 halftime deficit for a 76-72 win over host Lakeland.

In the championship victory, Roth made three 3-pointers and scored 25 points on her way to winning tournament MVP honors. Portage also got big contributions from Wilson with 13 points and 15 rebounds and McKena Yelk with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Senior Hanne Anderson also chipped in with eight points and six rebounds.

With the two wins, Portage extended its winning streak to three games and upped its record to 5-8 on the season. The Warriors will return to action with a home game against Sauk Prairie on Friday, followed by another home game against Reedsburg on Jan. 18.