By PATRICK SLACK
Swanville scored the opening five points of Tuesday’s Prairie Conference match-up at Royalton.
But after a close start, the Royals’ offense began heating up, carrying Royalton to a 57-37 triumph.
Junior Emily Fussy and sophomore Haley Olson each finished with 16 points and senior Kandy Meyer added 13 with strong perimeter shooting to spark Royalton offensively.
Senior Marissa Evans netted 15 points and senior Abbey Schultz had nine to lead Swanville.
Upsala takes down PRB on late Pelzer free throws
Senior Aimee Pelzer broke a 51-51 tie with 5.2 seconds remaining by sinking two free throws, lifting Upsala over host Pine River-Backus (PRB) 53-51, Jan. 31, in a clash between two of the top teams in Section 5A.
Pelzer finished the night with 26 points to lead the Cardinals, while senior Tracy Herzog posted a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds and sophomore Sara Herzog contributed nine points.
The Tigers entered the game on a nine-game winning streak.
Cardinals pummel Johnnies, see Prairie run end at Osakis
Pelzer lit up visiting St. John’s Prep from beyond the arc as Upsala crushed the Johnnies 70-43, Feb. 1.
Pelzer sank 6-of-7 three-point shots to accumulate a game-high 32 points and also passed out seven assists.
Tracy Herzog followed with 20 points and 14 rebounds and senior Alissa Zehrer recorded 10 points and 11 rebounds.
Upsala saw its 55-game Prairie Conference winning streak dating back to 2009 come to an end with a 72-62 defeat at Osakis, Monday.
The Silverstreaks took advantage of a 24-8 discrepancy in free-throw attempts, converting 18 to Upsala’s six.
Pelzer and Tracy Herzog combined for 30 points to lead the Cardinals, followed by sophomore Brooke Westrich with nine and Sara Herzog and eighth-grader Katlin Welinski with six apiece.
The Cardinals are now tied with Osakis atop the Prairie Conference, with Upsala having defeated the Silverstreaks 45-37 in the opening month of the season.
Royalton breezes past West Central 61-32
Royalton completed a season sweep over West Central Area with a convincing 61-32 road win, Feb. 2.
Meyer (16), senior Kalee Petron (15), Fussy (11) and Olson (10) all reached double figures to lead the Royals.
“We played some good team basketball,” Royalton head coach Jeff Schoenrock said. “We minimized turnovers and created a bunch for them.”
Holdingford tops Royalton, splits with Kimball, Melrose
Holdingford’s offense caught fire in the second half to erase a one-point deficit at the break and defeat host Royalton 67-56, Jan. 31.
Senior Jena Volkers had 24 points and sophomore Joelle Ertl contributed 18 to pace the Huskers.
Petron (15), Meyer (14) and Fussy (10) reached double figures in scoring to lead Royalton.
Holdingford followed with a 51-33 pounding over visiting Kimball Area, Feb. 1, with Ertl scoring 19 points and Volkers finishing with 11 points and 14 rebounds.
Ertl scored 13 points and junior Sam Maciej chipped in 10, but the Huskers came up one basket short in a 44-42 defeat at Melrose Area, Tuesday.
Henning, Browerville pull away from Swanville
Evans notched a double-double with 22 points and 17 rebounds, but it wasn’t enough for Swanville in a 66-46 defeat to visiting Browerville, Feb. 1.
Sophomore Steph Koetter also reached double figures with 11 points, while senior Abbey Schultz and sophomore Danica Hanson distributed four assists apiece.
Evans had 14 points and eight rebounds, junior Nikki Primus had seven points and Hanson recorded six points and seven assists in a 50-37 defeat for Swanville at Henning, Monday.