Prairie Girls Basketball: Smieja, Welinski power Upsala past Swanville

Upsala freshman Katlin Welinski, left, handles the ball along the baseline as Swanville sophomore Haileigh Sales defends, Tuesday. Welinski scored 14 points to help the Cardinals to a 66-31 road win.

Upsala freshman Katlin Welinski, left, handles the ball along the baseline as Swanville sophomore Haileigh Sales defends, Tuesday. Welinski scored 14 points to help the Cardinals to a 66-31 road win.

An 18-1 run in the span of less than four minutes turned the tide in Upsala’s favor as it went on to a 66-31 Prairie Conference win at Swanville, Tuesday.

Trailing 10-9 midway through the first half, the Cardinals’ offense took off and never looked back, maintaining a double-digit lead the rest of the game.

Senior Kaelin Smieja and freshman Katlin Welinski each scored 14 points to lead a balanced effort for Upsala, which had 11 different players score.

Junior Sara Herzog followed with nine points, junior Danica Cheney had eight and sophomore Kendra Lange chipped in five.

Junior Brooke Westrich added four points, seven rebounds, six steals and four assists.

Also in the Prairie Conference, first-place Osakis topped host Royalton 66-25, Tuesday.

Swanville sophomore Ellie Koetter, left, drives toward the basket as Upsala junior Mariah Prokott looks to cut off her path, Tuesday. Prokott provided two points, six rebounds and three assists to help the Cardinals earn a 66-31 road victory.

Swanville sophomore Ellie Koetter, left, drives toward the basket as Upsala junior Mariah Prokott looks to cut off her path, Tuesday. Prokott provided two points, six rebounds and three assists to help the Cardinals earn a 66-31 road victory.

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