It wasn’t easy.
But after rallying from five points down in the final three minutes, and sweating out a couple open shots in the waning seconds, Swanville had its first victory of the season, Jan. 24, winning 36-35 at Royalton.
Trailing 33-28, Swanville took the lead with 1:43 left on a free throw by junior Danica Hanson, a three-pointer from freshman Madison Beseman and a field goal by Hanson.
Royalton answered back on its next possession with a basket from senior Emily Fussy, but Swanville regained the lead on a put-back from senior Nikki Primus with 40 seconds remaining.
Royalton had a pair of good looks at the basket at the end of the game, but had shots rattle out as the Bulldogs sweated out the win.
“I am so proud of the girls,” Swanville head coach Aaron Gapinski said. “Getting our first win of the season was special for these girls because they have worked so hard this year. There were tears of joy in the locker room after this game.”
Hanson had nine points and Primus and Beseman each scored eight to lead Swanville, with Primus also collecting nine rebounds and four steals.
Junior Steph Koetter added five points and five rebounds after returning from an injury, while sophomore Ellie Koetter chipped in four points.
Fussy had 13 points and 10 rebounds to pace the Royals, while sophomore Amy Hoover scored 10 points and sophomore Maddi Rudolph had six points and 11 rebounds.