Swanville girls win close one

The Bulldog girls basketball team topped St. John’s Prep 64-61 in a Prairie Conference game.

It was the home Bulldogs first win of the season as Head Coach Ann Just was pleased with the result. “This was the team that I knew was in these young ladies. Our confidence has been built up every game and it shined tonight and it was a great overall performance,” she said.

The team had three girls score 15 or more points as Megan Sieben led the way with 17, Francine Strassburg added 16 and Stacey Barthel scored 15. The Johnnie’s Betsy Scott added 16 to lead the visitors.

“Lizz Dold shut down one of their top players and did an excellent job rebounding,” the coach said. Dold collected eight rebounds and Lizz Mettler had nine.

St. John’s 9 9 15 28— 61
Swanville 14 19 11 20— 64

Bulldog stats— Sieben 17 pts; Strassburg 16; Barthel 15; Mettler 9 rebs; Dold 9 rebs.

Tough loss in 3 OT
The team suffered a tough setback three nights later as the Bulldogs played host to the Eagle Valley Rebels in a Prairie Conference match-up. The triple overtime game finished, the visitors on top, 64-60.

The contest was tied 50-50 after regulation as Swanville stepped up the defense in the second half to hold the Rebels to 19 points.

The first two extra stanzas ended with each team scoring four points, but in the third overtime the visitors dropped in six points to Swanville’s two to get the four-point win.

“Without the second quarter lapse, we would’ve won,” added Just. “We had our opportunities, but didn’t capitalize on them, but our kids gave a great effort to get back into the game.”

Rebel Amy Motl led all scorers with 26 points as Barthel led the Bulldogs effort with 17 points.

Eagle Valley 9 22 9 10 4 4 6— 64
Swanville 10 8 12 20 4 4 2— 60

Bulldog stats— Barthel 17 pts; Strassburg 15 pts; Sieben 13 pts, 8 rebs, 3 stls; Fruechte 9 rebs; Dold 7 rebs.

Hornets top girls 43-34
It was all Lake Region Christian School for the first three quarters, as they held the Bulldogs to 5-8-4 points for each quarter until the fourth. The home Bulldogs doubled its point total in the fourth, outscoring the Hornets 17-11, but that still wasn’t enough as the visitors had built a 32-17 advatange heading into the final quarter.

“We did not come to play tonight. I thought we would have had a better outing after an outstanding week last week,” said Just.

Lizz Dold highlighted the Swanville team as she scored seven points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Lindsey Green led all scorers with 12 points for Lake Region and Strassburg played some energized defense as she made four steals.

Swanville dropped its record to 1-10 overall and 1-4 in the Prairie Conference.

Lake Region 13 9 10 11— 43
Swanville 5 8 4 17— 34

Bulldog stats— Barthel 11 pts; Dold 7 pts, 10 rebs; Sieben 8 rebs; Mettler 7 rebs; Strassburg 4 stls.

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