By Tyler Ohmann
Both teams ended their seasons with nine wins this week, but it was Upsala that advanced further in the
sub-section playoffs than Swanville.
The Cardinals used a strong offensive start to set the tone to a 56-37 victory over the Bulldogs in a Section 5A South quarterfinal, March 2.
Upsala led 32-11 at halftime, and extended that lead to 49-19 with seven minutes to go.
The Bulldogs made a run late, but it fell well short.
“They just came out and made shots,” said Swanville head coach Aaron Gapinski. “We tried to run a little different offense than we did all year, and that maybe threw us off and we weren’t confident in what we were doing.”
“I take full blame for that, and we should have just run what we’ve done all year long, and I think we out-smarted ourselves a little bit,” Gapinski added.
Freshman guard Amber Biniek led the way for the Cardinals with 16 points. Fellow freshman Laura Lange had 15 points.
Senior Mia Roerick added eight points for Upsala.
“They have good ball players, and they get out and go,” Gapinski said. “For not having a lot of height, they are a good rebounding team, and they outplayed us tonight.”
Swanville was led by sophomore Avery Jackson’s 15 points.
Upsala moved on to play top-seeded Kimball, Saturday, March 4.
The Cardinals were dispatched, 68-42 in the contest, unable to get that offensive rhythm.
Senior Katlin Welinski was the Cardinals’ leading scorer in the loss with 14 points. Lange added 10 points as well.
Upsala finishes their season at 9-19, and graduate just the two seniors Welinski and Roerick.
Swanville concluded its season at 9-16. The Bulldogs graduate three seniors: Madison Beseman, Sophie Larson and Kiley Loven.