By PATRICK SLACK
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) utilized a quick start to defeat the Swanville girls basketball team 57-43, Thursday.
The Thunder forced several turnovers in the first half to take a 33-15 lead into halftime.
Swanville battled back in the second half, closing within seven points, before LPGE recovered to put the game out of reach.
Junior Marissa Evans posted a double-double to lead the Bulldogs, scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 rebounds.
Junior Tiffany Barthel added 11 points, six rebounds, four assists and three steals, while seniors Molly Jordan (5) and Lexi Loven (4) and junior Rachel Muhlenkamp (2) rounded out the scoring for Swanville.
“I am proud of the way the girls battled back in the second half and never gave up,” head coach Aaron Gapinski said. “We need to play a full game to beat teams like LPGE.”
Swanville hosts Verndale, Tuesday.
Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 57, Swanville 43
LPGE 33 24 – 57
Swanville 15 28 – 43
Swanville—Marissa Evans, 16 (10 rebounds, 4 steals); Tiffany Barthel, 11 (6 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals); Molly Jordan, 5 (3 rebounds); Abbey Schultz, 5; Lexi Loven, 4; Rachel Muhlenkamp, 2 (4 steals, 3 rebounds); Nikki Primus (3 rebounds).