If the Pusch Ridge girls are going to win their fourth state championship in a row they will have to do it with a completely different team. Almost. The Lions moved to 3-1 on the year after beating Ironwood Ridge at home Thursday night and only sophomore Emily Johnsboen remains from last year’s starting rotation….
Pusch Ridge 8, Ironwood Ridge 1
Emily Johnsboen (PR) over Emily Pickard, 2-6, 6-3 (10-8)
Elizabeth Roth (PR) over Mahima Saksena, 6-2, 7-5
Madi Van Holsbeke (PR) over Samantha Bryan, 7-5, 8-6
Carla Castillo (IR) over Jamison Conway-McCafferty, 6-4, 6-6 (7-3)
Anna Oberhuber (PR) over Meera Patel, 6-3, 6-3
Alison Grammond (PR) over Jayna Brown, 6-0, 6-0
Johnsboen/Roth (PR) over Pickard/ Castillo, 8-4
Van Holsbeke/Conway-McCafferty (PR) over Saksena/Bryan, 8-6
Oberhuber/ Grammond over (PR) Patel/Brown, 8-1
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