By PATRICK SLACK
Senior Aimee Pelzer caught fire offensively for 33 points, helping Upsala pull away from visiting Swanville for a 68-48 Prairie Conference win, Tuesday.
Pelzer knocked down 7-of-11 shots from beyond the arc on the night and also grabbed eight rebounds and distributed six assists.
Senior Tracy Herzog was the next leading contributer for the Cardinals with a 17-point, 12-rebound double-double.
Senior Alissa Zehrer and junior Kaelin Smieja combined for 16 points and 15 rebounds.
Senior Marissa Evans led Swanville with 23 points and seven rebounds, while sophomore Danica Hanson had 10 points and junior Nikki Primus scored eight.
Swanville overcomes 10-point halftime gap to edge Verndale, falls to Holdingford
Evans produced half of the Bulldogs’ offense as Swanville overcame a 10-point halftime deficit to earn a 52-48 victory at Verndale, Monday.
Evans finished the night with 26 points and 12 rebounds for a double-double to pace Swanville, while Primus and Hanson each contributed eight.
Senior Abbey Schultz picked up four points and senior Tiffany Barthel recorded three points and three assists.
Swanville took on Holdingford in non-conference action, Feb. 14, falling 62-48 to the host Huskers.
Evans netted 25 points and Barthel had seven points and three assists for Swanville.
Sophomore Joelle Ertl led the Huskers with 16 points and five assists.
Cardinals hammer Knights, Bertha-Hewitt
After having to sweat out a last-second win over West Central Area earlier in the season, Upsala made sure there was no repeat drama with an 89-60 shellacking over the host Knights, Feb. 15.
Pelzer delivered 23 points, nine assists and six steals and Herzog had 17 points and 15 rebounds to lead Upsala, while Smieja netted 14 points.
Sophomore Danica Cheney followed with nine points, Zehrer had seven points and 10 rebounds and senior Sadie Welinski and sophomore Sara Herzog each scored six points.
Ten players found the scoring column as ninth-ranked Upsala pounded visiting Bertha-Hewitt 79-46, Feb. 16, led by a 27-point performance by Tracy Herzog.
Pelzer added 15 points and dished out a remarkable 16 assists to post a double-double, while Smieja netted eight points.
Royals rally past Pillager, fall to Isle, LPGE
A slow start put Royalton in a two-point hole at the half at Pillager, Tuesday.
But after the break, the Royals came to life with 40 points in the final 18 minutes, pulling away for a 65-45 win.
Senior Kandy Meyer scored 19 points and senior Kalee Petron picked up 17 to lead the Royals, with sophomore Haley Olson adding 11 and junior Courtney Popp recorded eight.
Royalton carried a 40-35 lead into the half, but host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (LPGE) held down the Royals down the stretch to pull away with a 78-63 victory, Feb. 15.
Junior Emily Fussy and Meyer provided the bulk of the Royalton scoring with 22 and 20 points, respectively, while Petron added 12.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Royalton head coach Jeff Schoenrock said. “Both teams kept exchanging punches, but in the end (we) couldn’t find the last punch.”
A late first-half run was too much to overcome for Royalton against defending state entrant Isle, Feb. 14, as the visiting Huskies earned a 61-46 win.
Petron netted 16 points and Fussy and Olson each scored 10 for the Royals.
The sub-section quarterfinals for all three teams begin Thursday, with semifinal action taking place Saturday, March 2.