Cardinals fly by Holdingford, shot down by Pierz Pioneers

Pierz senior Kayla Carter scores 39 points in two big wins

By Tyler Ohmann
Sports Editor
tyler.ohmann@mcrecord.com

Holdingford and Upsala met in Holdingford, Dec. 4 in a girls basketball rivalry contest.
The game was all Upsala the whole way as the Cardinals cruised to a 49-35 win. They led 32-11 at halftime.

 (121414sportsWelinski)   Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann Upsala sophomore Katlin Welinski drives down the court, and tries to get past Holdingford defender, Chelsea Gerads, Dec. 4 in Holdingford.

(121414sportsWelinski) Staff photo by Tyler Ohmann
Upsala sophomore Katlin Welinski drives down the court, and tries to get past Holdingford defender, Chelsea Gerads, Dec. 4 in Holdingford.

Katlin Welinski, a sophomore, had 16 points to lead all scorers.
Kiley Smieja threw in 12 points and nine boards, and senior Sara Herzog added 11 points for Upsala.
The Huskers were led by Kailee Heinen’s 14 points. Freshman Courtney Thielen contributed with nine boards.
That game was all well and good for the Cardinals, but it was the Pierz Pioneers that owned the week in area girls basketball.
First, Pierz annihilated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Dec. 4 by a score of 56-28.
Kayla Carter exploded for 24 points and seven rebounds, both team-bests.
Kendra Fischer added 12 points in the big win.
Pierz followed that up by beating the tough Upsala squad 55-45, Dec. 9.
Upsala actually led early on, including a 23-21 halftime lead, but the second half was all Pierz.
Carter and Fischer were again at it as they had 15 and eight points respectively. Fischer added 12 rebounds as well.
Herzog led the Cardinals with 10 points, and Welinski added nine points and nine boards in the losing effort.
Pierz (2-1) played against Staples Motley, Thursday. The Pioneers will take on Kimball, Tuesday.
Upsala (1-2) played against Osakis, Thursday, and will travel to Browerville, Tuesday.
The Huskers (0-2) hosted Paynesville Thursday, and will go to Maple Lake, Tuesday.
Scores and stats were unavailable by press time for the  Thursday games.

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