Prairie Conference season underway
By Tyler ohmann
For the area Prairie Conference girls basketball teams, it was not the season opener any of them were looking for.
Swanville, Upsala and Royalton all fell in their first times out on the court this season.
Swanville beaten by
The Swanville Bulldogs were the first to go, and they were shut down in a 60-38 loss to Menagha, Dec. 1.
Emily Beseman led the Bulldogs with 11 points, and senior Stephanie Koetter added 10, but it was not enough.
Menagha was led by Shelby Pihlzja with 12 points.
“This was a typical first game. We didn’t handle the ball very well and had a low shooting percentage,” said Swanville head coach Aaron Gapinski. “Menahga was able to substitute girls in five at a time and it just wore us down both physically and mentally.”
Overall, though, Gapinski is not worried about starting with a loss.
“There were positives from the game that we hope to build on, and then fix some of the little things that had an affect on the outcome,” Gapinski said.
Swanville next plays Tuesday against Kimball.
BBE takes care of Cardinals
Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa earned a road win, while the Upsala Cardinals lost their home opener, Tuesday.
The Jaguars earned the narrow victory 63-60.
Upsala received valiant efforts from several players.
Katlin Welinski led the team in scoring with 14 points.
Brooke Westrich and Mariah Prokott each grabbed 12 rebounds to help the cause, while Sara Herzog swiped eight steals and scored 13 points.
Upsala played Holdingford Thursday, and next travels to Pierz to take on the Pioneers, Tuesday.
Royalton falls short against Kimball
Despite a strong effort at the free throw line, where the Royals hit 20-of-24 attempts, Royalton fell 55-45 to Kimball, Tuesday in the season opener.
Royalton fell behind 13-3 early, but tied the game before halftime at 20 all.
The Royals trailed 23-20 at halftime, despite 20 turnovers.
Royalton opened up a 31-27 second half lead, but lack of size, and some big shots from the Cubs earned Kimball the win.
Olson finished with 16 points to lead all scorers. Juniors Beth Cimenski (13) and Amy Hoover (11) also did well in the loss.
“We did a lot of good things tonight. It is a starting point for us,” Royals head coach Ron Makela said. “There are many things we need to fix, but we can build on this. I know this group will continue to improve because they work hard every day.”
Next for Royals is St. John’s Prep, Thursday. They also played West Central Area, Friday, but scores were unavailable by press time.