By PATRICK SLACK
A strong start fueled a 63-47 win for the Royalton girls basketball team at Swanville, Friday.
The Royals took control early in the game, taking a 34-19 lead into halftime before closing out the victory.
Sophomore Emily Fussy led three Royals in double figures with 16 points, followed by juniors Kandy Meyer (14) and Kalee Petron (10).
Seniors Erika Zimmerman (8), Megan Wiener (5), Bridget Tschida (4), Amy Vannurden (2) and Kelsey Petron (2) and junior Hannah Fussy (2) also scored for Royalton.
“(We) played strong half-court defense that at the end of the second half led to some nice breakaway baskets,” Royalton head coach Jeff Schoenrock said. “The team really passed the ball well in transition and in the half-court. It was very unselfish basketball.”
Playing without its starting point guard, the Bulldogs relied on other players to step up and handle the ball.
Senior Lexi Loven was the leader, finishing with 12 points and three assists.
Junior Marissa Evans notched a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds, while sophomore Nikki Primus just missed with nine points and 11 rebounds.
Juniors Abbey Schultz (7) and Chloee Larson (2), senior Molly Jordan (2) and freshmen Danica Hanson (2) and Stephanie Koetter (2) added offense for Swanville.
“We took care of the ball much better in the second half,” Swanville head coach Aaron Gapinski said. “I was proud of the way Lexi stepped up and took control on the offensive end. We will need everyone to contribute as we head down the stretch.”
Royalton 63, Swanville 47
Royalton 34 29 – 63
Swanville 19 28 – 47
Royalton—Emily Fussy, 16 (7 steals, 5 assists, 4 rebounds); Kandy Meyer, 14 (4 rebounds); Kalee Petron, 10 (6 rebounds); Erika Zimmerman, 8; Megan Wiener, 5 (7 steals, 4 rebounds); Bridget Tschida, 4 (7 rebounds); Amy Vannurden, 2 (4 assists); Hannah Fussy, 2; Kelsey Petron, 2.
Swanville—Lexi Loven, 12 (3 rebounds, 3 assists); Marissa Evans, 11 (10 rebounds): Nikke Primus, 9 (11 rebounds); Abbey Schultz, 7 (3 rebounds); Danica Hanson, 2; Molly Jordan, 2 (6 rebounds); Stephanie Koetter, 2; Chloee Larson, 2.