Girls Basketball: Upsala, Royalton advance, Pierz and Holdingford fall in section action

Girls Basketball playoff scores from Thursday, Feb. 28:


Section 5A:

Upsala 74, Walker-Hackensack-Akeley 37

Upsala opened the postseason with an overpowering 74-37 home victory over eighth-seeded Walker-Hackensack-Akeley.

Tracy Herzog recorded 21 points and 13 rebounds and Pelzer posted 15 points, 14 assists and nine steals to pace Upsala.

Smieja followed with 10 points, Sara Herzog and Zehrer each had seven and Cheney contributed five.

Royalton 80, Ogilvie 47

Royalton rode the hot shooting of senior Kandy Meyer into the Sub-Section 5A East semifinals before narrowly missing out on its upset bid of defending state entrant Isle.

Meyer tied a school-record with a 36-point outburst against visiting Ogilvie, leading the Royals to an 80-47 victory in their playoff opener.

The game remained close through the opening five minutes, before Meyer and the Royals took charge.

“This was a fun game for us,” Royalton head coach Jeff Schoenrock said. “We only beat them by eight during the regular season. We played very well.”

Senior Kalee Petron followed with 13 points, with junior Emily Fussy adding 11 and sophomore Haley Olson scoring 10 to also reach double figures.


Section 6AA:

Albany 74, Pierz 45

Fourth-seeded Albany possessed too much firepower for visiting Pierz in the Sub-Section 6AA North quarterfinals, defeating the fifth-seeded Pioneers 74-45.

Junior Tiara Hopkins scored 12 points and senior Mickey Rocheleau posted 11 points and nine rebounds to lead Pierz.

Senior Alyssa Boser followed with seven points and junior Bridget Bednar had six points and six rebounds.

Pierz finished the season with a record of 14-13.

Seniors on this year’s team included Elizabeth Tomala, Rocheleau, Megan Boser and Alyssa Boser.


Staples Motley 83, Holdingford 50

Sophomore Joelle Ertl finished with 26 points, eight rebounds and four assists, but top-seeded Staples Motley was too much for visiting Holdingford in an 83-50 opening-round win.

The Huskers finished the season with a record of 5-20.

Jena Volkers was the lone senior for this year’s Huskers.


Albany 74, Pierz 45

Pierz 21 24 – 45

Albany 48 26 – 74

Pierz—Tiara Hopkins, 12; Mickey Rocheleau, 11; Alyssa Boser, 7; Bridget Bednar, 6; Kayla Carter, 4; Megan Boser, 3; Kailey Egan, 2. Rebounds: Rocheleau, 9; Bednar, 6.


Staples Motley 83, Holdingford 50

Holdingford 21 29 – 50

Staples Motley 57 26 – 83

Holdingford—Joelle Ertl, 26; Jodi Middendorf, 9; Jena Volkers, 7; Kaitlyn Hellmann, 4; Chelsey Gerads, 2; Hailey Koopmeiners, 2.