Category: Santa Fe League Basketball

Going Dancing…Again! Swink Qualifies For Second Straight State Tournament

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Let me take you back to the last time the Swink Lady Lions lost a basketball game. Well for one it was 2016. It also wasn’t 70 degrees outside. And that white stuff was falling from the sky That’s because the last time Swink lost a game was at the La Junta Holiday Shootout, which was back in December. That’s was 20 games ago.

After losing to Del Norte (who also made the tournament) by a score of 56-39 in the consolation semifinals at the Holiday Shootout, the Lady Lions went on a tear. 19 games later and here they are again, same tournament different venue.#7 seed Swink will take on the #2 seed Paonia Lady Eagles today at the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. Tip off is set for 4:00pm.

Last year Swink came to “The Dance” with an 18 game win streak. But that was 2016, its 2017 and the Lions are looking to show the state of Colorado that they mean business. Led by Sophomore Brianna Denton (14.2 ppg & 5.4 rpg) the ladies are looking to be the next “Cinderella”. And it’s March so why not let a little madness commence.


I had a chance to interview Sophomore Tierra Holland about what it means to go to the State Tournament both years of high school, along with how things have changed from last year.


You’ve gone to state both years of high school. How does it feel to be back-to-back champions in the Santa Fe League, District 6 & the Region?

Tierra: It feels really good! I’ve been very proud of my team! Last year we were really good, but this year we are outstanding! We play Paonia our first game out at state, and if we come out and play this years Swink Girls Basketball it’ll be a great game! Every team is beatable and it would be the best thing ever, if we are #1 in the League and got #1 and districts and regionals and made it on farther this year! I say let’s show people what a small town like Swink can do at a State Tourney!

Being a starter on varsity in your sophomore year is a great accomplishment. What has changed in you from last year to this year?

Tierra: We’ll last year I didn’t really know if my favorite sport was volleyball or basketball and I loved basketball, but I didn’t try as hard.. until this year, I knew what I wanted to do and accomplish this year! I believe that basketball is my sport, and I just love how my coaches push me to be the best player and teammate I can be!

Any words for the fans?

Tierra: Just come and support us at state in Loveland and the more support we get/have the more confidence we will have! I really appreciate everyone parents, family, everyone who has supported us through everything! We play at 4pm at the Budweiser Event Center against Paonia and we need all the support we can get!


Action from the Budweiser Event Center tips off at 8:45am and runs all night. Catch Pat McGee with the call of the Swink/Fowler games Thursday thru (hopefully) Saturday. All the action can be heard on 92.1 FM KTHN, kthn921.com and network1sports.com. See you in Loveland!

–Triple R

Triple R Report’s Game of the Day: Swink Lions @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (2A Santa Fe League Basketball)

We once again have an Arkansas Valley Rivalry on tap for today’s edition of the Triple R Report’s Game of the Day. It’s the Swink Lions heading down Highway 50 to take on the Meloneers. It’s a key night for both girl’s teams as a win for Swink puts them up 2 games on everyone. A win from Rocky Ford and it’s a tie for the top spot.

 

Here’s how each team stacks up:

Swink Lady Lions:

  • (6-2) Overall, (4-0) in Santa Fe League
    • 1st in SFL
  • Outscoring opponents 411-279
    • 5 game winning streak
  • (5-0) in Last 5 Games:
    • Defeated La Junta 50-44
    • Defeated Fowler 43-35
    • Defeated Hoehne 61-29
    • Defeated John Mall 65-36
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 75-16
  • Offense is averaging 51.4 points/game, Defense allows 38.9 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Brianna Denton averaging 14.1 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Brianna Denton (Sophomore)
    • Tierra Holland (Sophomore)

 

Rocky Ford Lady Meloneers:

  • (3-4) Overall, (3-1) in Santa Fe League
    • T-2nd in SFL
  • Opponents are outscoring them 258-243
    • Back-to-back wins
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Center 41-25
    • Defeated John Mall 48-29
    • Lost to Trinidad 47-27
    • Defeated Las Animas 41-16
    • Defeated Crowley County 48-37
  • Offense is averaging 34.7 points/game, Defense allows 36.9 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Emi Romero averaging 8.9 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Emi Romero (Junior)
    • Feliciti Jaramillo (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Both teams are doing well, the Lady Meloneers have a 3 game Santa Fe League win streak while the Lady Lions have a 4 game SFL win streak. One of those ends tonight unfortunately. It’s going to be exciting but Swink gets to the Free Throw Line more tonight and wins a close one.”

 

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Swink keeps their streak alive. Lady Lions 36 Lady Meloneers 33.”

 

Swink Lions:

  • (1-7) Overall, (0-4) in Santa Fe League
    • 8th in SFL
  • Opponents are outscoring them 498-316
    • 5 game losing streak
  • (0-5) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Monte Vista 44-26
    • Lost to Fowler 56-41
    • Lost to Hoehne 66-31
    • Lost to John Mall 63-47
    • Lost to Swallows Charter 74-53
  • Offense is averaging 39.5 points/game, Defense allows 62.3 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Trey Redner averaging 13.3 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • D’Andre Jimenez (Junior)
    • Troy Valencia (Senior)

 

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (3-4) Overall, (2-2) in Santa Fe League
    • 5th in SFL
  • Outscoring opponents 346-340
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Center 51-26
    • Lost to John Mall 49-48
    • Defeated Trinidad 62-46
    • Defeated Las Animas 83-53
    • Lost to Crowley County 48-43
  • Offense is averaging 49.4 points/game, Defense allows 48.6 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • William Valdez (Junior)

 

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“Swink is struggling, only win they have is from a forfeit against Del Norte from the Holiday Shootout. The struggle continues for the Lions tonight. Meloneers show no mercy and win easy.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers tame the Lions 56-32.”

Triple R Report’s Game of the Day: Crowley County Chargers @ Rocky Ford Meloneers (2A Santa Fe League Basketball)

Hey! We’re back from the Christmas Break, and we’re ready to get back to the hardwood. We’re featuring a key Santa Fe League matchup today! In quite possibly the biggest rivalry in the Arkansas Valley. The Crowley County Chargers come to invade the Melon Dome and take on the Meloneers of Rocky Ford.

These two teams met up for the first game of the season, and it was a split. The Lady Chargers took the girls victory, while in an exciting overtime game the Meloneers came out on top in the boys matchup. When these teams get together expect there to be fireworks. These matchups never fall to amaze. Look for tonight to be no different.


Here’s how each team stacks up:

Crowley County Lady Chargers:

  • (4-3) Overall, (3-0) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 1st in SFL (Swink)
  • Outscoring opponents 307-251
    • 3 game winning streak
  • (3-2) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Limon 42-34
    • Lost to Ellicott 43-41
    • Defeated Las Animas 48-33
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 60-9
    • Defeated Florence 44-40
  • Offense is averaging 43.9 points/game, Defense allows 36.7 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Rylee Haynes averaging 13.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Rylee Haynes (Sophomore)
    • Madison Berg (Sophomore)

Rocky FOrd Lady Meloneers:

  • (2-4) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • 3rd in SFL
  • Being outscored by opponents 221-195
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Florence 48-16
    • Lost to Center 41-25
    • Defeated John Mall 48-29
    • Lost to Trinidad 47-27
    • Defeated Las Animas 41-16
  • Offense is averaging 32.5 points/game, Defense allows 36.8 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Emi Romero averaging 8.8 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Stephanie Frantz (Senior)
    • Chantae Rodriguez (Sophomore)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“When the Meloneers and Chargers get together its nothing short of exciting. There will be plenty of excitement tonight at “The Dome”. Rocky Ford is on a 2-game SFL win streak, while Crowley County is on a 3-game SFL win streak. One of those is broken tonight. Rocky Ford gets out early and sets the tempo for the game.”

Triple R’s Game PRediction:

“Lady Meloneers get 3 in a row in the SFL as they defeated the Lady Chargers 36-29.”

 

Crowley County Chargers:

  • (5-2) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (Rocky Ford)
  • Outscoring opponents 325-309
    • 4 game win streak
  • (4-1) in Last 5 Games:
    • Lost to Limon 43-30
    • Defeated Ellicott 48-45 OT
    • Defeated Las Animas 53-35
    • Defeated Swallows Charter 59-52
    • Defeated Florence 44-40
  • Offense is averaging 46.4 points/game, Defense allows 44.1 points/game
    • Leading scorer is Hayden Carter averaging 17.2 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • Chris Meyer (Junior)
    • Dylan Tuma (Senior)

Rocky Ford Meloneers:

  • (3-3) Overall, (2-1) in Santa Fe League
    • Tied for 3rd in SFL (Crowley County)
      • Owns tiebreaker with defeat of CC
  • Outscoring opponents 303-292
    • Back to back wins
  • (2-3) in Last 5 Games
    • Lost to Florence 49-28
    • Lost to Center 51-26
    • Lost to John Mall 49-48
    • Defeated Trinidad 62-46
    • Defeated Las Animas 83-53
  • Offense is averaging 50.5 points/game, Defense allows 48.7 points/game
  • Players to Watch For:
    • David Trujillo (Sophomore)
    • Brian Preston (Senior)

Triple R’s Bold Prediction of the Game:

“The Meloneers get David Trujillo back tonight, which is HUGE. Crowley has the injury bug, plain and simple. It’ll be a good one tonight in the “Melon Dome”, look for the Meloneers to get out early and win a close contest tonight.”

Triple R’s Game Prediction:

“Meloneers sweep the Chargers in the season with a 55-50 victory that comes down to free throws.”


Catch both varsity games on 92.1 FM KTHN, www.kthn921.com or www.network1sports.com. Craig and I will have the call for you. And if you can make it to “The Dome” come say hi. We’ll see you there!

–Triple R

 

Let The Madness Begin! #3 Wray vs. #6 Swink (State Tournament) PREVIEW

Today’s the day Arkansas Valley sports fans! The 2A State Tournament kicks of today at Colorado State University-Pueblo’s Massari Arena. The #6 Seed Swink Lady Lions take on the #3 Seed Wray Lady Eagles. Winner plays in the semi-final tomorrow afternoon. the loser fall to the consolation bracket.

The Lions come into the matchup with an overall record of 21-3 and a Santa Fe League record of 15-1. They had a rough road to the State Tournament.  They had to beat the Rye Thunderbolts twice in the same season, which everyone knows is not easy. Swink and Rye ran away with the SFL #1 and #2 seeds, with the #1 seed being decided by free throw percentage. Wray comes in to the game with an overall record of 18-5 and a Lower Platte aleague record of 7-1. Wray plays in the same league as Yuma so they have experience against a great team.

Swink comes in averaging 43.3 points per game, with an average of 12.1 assist per game. The Lions will need to work the ball inside to their post players. Another must is getting to the free throw line. The cliche is always true, “free throws win games” along with “defense wins championships”. Look for the Swink defense to step up huge tonight in hopes of an upset.

The Eagles come in averaging 65 points per game. They also average 20.5 assists per game, so they move the ball around really well. Look for them to work for a good shot, and use the clock to their advantage. They also like to run the floor, so if the Lions can hold them back from doing that, they should do well in the game

This is Swink’s first State Tournament berth since 2001, so don’t think they’re going to be an easy out while they’re there. This team is coming to play and will look to make some noise. An upset in this game would not surprise me, Swink has been playing really well as of late and their offense is clicking at the right time in the season. Look for the game to be close, possibly coming down to who has the final possession of the game.

Like I’ve said before, they don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing! See you at Massari Arena!

Players to Watch For:

Swink–Taiylor Holland (Senior) & Whitney Nelson (Junior)

Wray–Hannah Lenz (Senior) & Morgan Smith (Freshman)

Swink Lady Lions Are “Going Dancing” at Massari Arena

The Swink Lady Lions are State Bound! This Thursday the Lions will continue their magical season at Massari Arena on the campus of Colorado State University-Pueblo. Recieving a #6 seed the Lions will go head-to-head with the #3 Wray Lady Eagles at 7pm. There is a lot of work ahead of the girls, but then again they don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing!

 

I had the opportunity to interview Senior Taiylor Holland and Junior Whitney Nelson:


1 on 1 With Senior Taiylor Holland:

How does it feel to be a Senior, going into your first State Basketball Tournament?

Tay: It feels amazing. We have worked so incredibly hard to get to this point and I know we deserve to be at the State Tournament. I can’t imagine a different way to go out!

What does it mean to you to play for the Swink Lions?

Tay: I’ve gone to Swink all my life, so being able to be a huge part of a program is incredible. Being a Lion is important to me because I’m able to show people just how great Swink is.

What’s the one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Tay: I just want to walk out on that court, win or lose, and show everyone that the Swink Lady Lions Basketball team did something that hasn’t been done since 2001.

Any words for the fans from the Arkansas Valley?

Tay: Honestly, at the end of the day the valley should support one another. So any support would be wonderful and it would push us to do better than expected!


 

1 on 1 With Junior Whitney Nelson:

How does it feel to be going to the State Basketball Tournament?

Whit: It’s pretty exciting. It’s been a journey getting here but we know we are going to have to put in more work in now if we want to make and impact in the State Tournament!

What’s the best part about being a Swink Lady Lion?

Whit: We are all family. Not just girls playing together. We are one whole unity.

What is one thing you’re looking forward to this weekend?

Whit: Playing with my team at State and hopefully getting the win.

You’ve gone to the State Softball Tournament with Rocky Ford, does going with Swink to the State Basketball Tournament mean more to you?

Whit: It means a lot to me. I’m just lucky to be able to play with a bunch of girls that have the same goal as I do.

Do you have anything to say to the fans of the Arkansas Valley?

Whit: Just thank you for all the support you have given us. And for always believing in us. Without you guys we wouldn’t be where we are now.


 

Look for the Lady Lions to come out firing, and doing what they do. “March Madness” is upon us folks, and Swink is ready to make some noise!

 

 

 

 

CHSAA Class 2A Regional (District 6 vs. District 8)

The Class 2A Regional Tournaments Tip-Off next week. District 6 placers will move on to play the District 8 placers in Colorado Springs. Win and you play for the Regional Championship and a State Tournament Berth, lose and baseball/track season starts!


Friday March 4th (Semi-Finals)

(CIty Auditorium):

-4:00pm (Game #1): #1 Kiowa vs. #4 Las Animas (GIRLS)—-65-64

-5:30pm (Game #2): #1 Kiowa vs. #4 Swink (BOYS)—-50-46

-7:00pm (Game #3): #3 Calhan vs. #2 Fowler (GIRLS)—-33-18

-8:30pm (Game #4): #3 Ellicott vs. #2 Crowley County (BOYS)—-57-47

 

(Palmer High School):

-4:00pm(Game #5): #1 Swink vs. #4 Evangelical Christian (GIRLS)—-60-43

-5:30pm (Game #6): #1 Rye vs. #4 Simla (BOYS)—-55-47

-7:00pm (Game #7): #3 Rye vs. #2 Ellicott (GIRLS)—-46-41

-8:30pm (Game #8): #3 Rocky Ford vs .#2 Evangelical Christian (BOYS)—-60-51

 

Saturday March 5th (Championship Saturday)

(CIty Auditorium):

-1:00pm: Game #1 Kiowa vs. #3 Calhan—-51-49

-2:30pm: Game #3 Ellicott vs. #4 Swink—-50-47

-4:00pm: #1 Swink vs. #3 Rye—-32-29

-5:30pm: #1 Rye vs. #3 Rocky Ford—-46-29

 

 

 

 

Rocky Ford Meloneers vs. Crowley County Chargers (Boys District 6 Semi-Final #2) PREVIEW

The Boys District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.


They say the third time is the charm, could that be true for the Rocky Ford Meloneers tonight as they face the Crowley County Chargers in that magical 3rd game? The Meloneers have been improving throughout the year and look to advance to the District Championship, it will be a tough challenge as the Chargers have had their number in both meetings in the season so far. The match-ups have been close, don’t get me wrong. Only bad thing is one bad quarter can spell the worst, for either team. These are two teams I imagine can make some noise in the State next week at Regionals. As for tonight though, just sit back and enjoy the action. It should be interesting and well worth the price of admission.

These teams have been battling each other all year (although they have only met each other twice) for that #2 seed. Crowley County locked up that seed when they defeated Rocky two weeks ago. Games between theses two never fail to disappoint. Be on the lookout for a high scoring game tonight, as both offenses have been known to put up some points. Or who knows, maybe we will be treated to a low scoring, defensive battle. Which ever way this game goes down, it will be great! “The Pit” should be rocking and packed tonight as this game will be played at 7:30pm. Be sure to get there early and watch the “rubber match” between two of the best teams in the Arkansas Valley.

The teams first met on January 16th, at “Charger Gym” in Crowley County. The Chargers left the home crowd happy as they put the Meloneers away by a score of 42-38. This game was competitive throughout, ultimately being decided at the free-throw line. Crowley got to the line late and made theirs, Rocky got to the line but had a tough time having one fall. The first half was low scoring as both teams were in the “feeling out” process. Neither team was able to break the 10-point mark in either the first two quarters. The Chargers took a 14-11 lead into the halftime break. At halftime, in the locker rooms, someone must have flipped the offense switch to “ON” because both teams turned it up. Crowley put up 15 while Rocky put up 10. The Chargers took a 29-21 lead into the final 8 minutes of play. In the fourth Rocky Ford had outscored Crowley County 17-13 but it wasn’t enough as the Chargers escaped with a 4-point victory. Leading Scorers for the game were: Jonathan Montanez of Rocky Ford with 17 points, and Bradley Clabey of Crowley with 14 points.

In the second meeting between the two, the action was close to, if not better than the first. This time the game was played inside of the “Melon Dome” in Rocky Ford. A game could not be anymore close than this one was between these two. At the final buzzer, Crowley County barely squeaked by with a 52-51 victory, off of a late free throw by Grady Carter. Defense was key in this game for both teams, as it always is between these two. Unlike the first match-up, the points started coming early. Rocky got out to the early 10-6 lead in the first and ended the quarter with a score of 16-14. The second period was much of the same as both teams traded baskets. Free throws had not yet been a factor, as Rocky Ford had yet to make a free throw and Crowley had yet to attempt one. Headed into the half the teams were tied at 26. It was much of the same in the second half as both teams came out firing, one basket after another. The Meloneers outscored the Chargers 15-12 and took a 3 point lead into the final quarter. This game wasn’t decided until the last two minutes so let’s fast forward to there. Rocky was up 3 with two minutes remaining, looking for the upset and the #2 seed. But the Chargers were not about to let that happen. The game was tied with 15.4 seconds on the clock Crowley County drove down the court, looked into the post for Grady Carter who went up and……..got fouled. Carter ended up making 1 of 2 from the line and gave the Chargers the 1-point victory and guaranteed them the #2 Seed. Leading Scorers in the game were: Johnathan Montanez of Rocky Ford with 16 points, and Bradley Clabey of Crowley County with 16 points also.

 

Players to Watch For:

Crowley County–Bradley Clabey & Grady Carter

Rocky Ford–Charlton Amaya & David Trujillo

 

So if you’re in the area and looking for some great basketball, look no further than McDivitt Center on the campus of Otero Junior College. We have a great night of basketball ahead for you, capped off with this much anticipated match-up of rivals. So come on down and enjoy the evening and some basketball. See you at “The Pit:

 

 

Rye Thunderbolts vs. Swink Lions (Boys District 6 Semi-Final #1) PREVIEW

The Boys District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.


The second game of the day is the #1 Rye Thunderbolts and the #4 Swink Lions. Both teams won their respective Quarter-Finals on Tuesday to advance to the semis. Each team looks to improve on their victories and advance to the all important District Championship, loser plays for third tomorrow afternoon. Rye comes into the match-up the #1 overall seed, they come in with a 17-3 overall record and a 15-1 Santa Fe League record. Swink comes in with the #4 seed with a 13-7 overall record and a 10-6 Santa Fe League record.

The two teams have met two times this year with Rye taking both games over the Lions. They first met on December 19th, in Swink. The Thunderbolts took the victory by a score of 58-29. Rye got off to an early start and never looked back. With the game being early in the season there was room to improve for both teams. This game took place right before Christmas Break so both teams had some time to work on things. Leading Scorers for the game were: Kevin Bailey of Rye with 21 points, and Collin O’Neal for Swink with 7 points.

The second meeting between these two teams came on January 22nd, this time in Rye. It was much of the same from the Thunderbolts as they easily took a 72-50 victory and swept the season series. Rye once again got out to the early lead and never relinquished it. The game was close after the first quarter, with Swink only down 3. in the second is when the Rye offense began to click, the Thunderbolts scored 21 points in the quarter. With a 11 point halftime lead, Rye came out hot in the third and scored another 14 to the Lions 7. Swink tried to come back in the fourth but it wasn’t enough as Rye pulled out the victory and won the season series. This victory helped Rye receive the #1 seed.

Look for the game to be close as both teams attempt to improve their season and get the one win that could solidify it. A win and you play for a District Championship tomorrow evening, lose and you play for 3rd. Whether you win or lose each team will advance to the Regional Tournament next weekend, its just a matter of what seed you will have going in, and who you will be playing.

Players to Watch For:

Rye–Connor Hale & Kevin Bailey

Swink–Dillon O’Neal & Isaiah Mendoza

See you at “The Pit”!

Rye Lady Thunderbolts vs. Fowler Lady Grizzlies (Girls District 6 Semi-Final #2) PREVIEW

The Girls District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.


Third game of the day is the #2 Rye Thunderbolts and the #3 Fowler Lady Grizzlies. Both teams won their respective Quarter-Finals on Tuesday to advance to the semis. Each team looks to improve on their victories and advance to the all important District Championship, loser plays for third tomorrow afternoon. Rye comes into the match-up the #2 overall seed, they come in with a 16-4 overall record and a 15-1 Santa Fe League record. Fowler comes in with the #3 seed with a 13-7 overall record and a 12-4 Santa Fe League record.

The two teams have met two times this year with Rye taking both games over the Grizzlies. They first met on January 23rd, in Rye. The Lady Thunderbolts took the victory by a score of 38-19. Rye got off to an early start, and took a 10-3 lead into the second. Same story in the second as Rye scored 12 points to the Grizzlies 7. This gave Rye a 22-10 halftime lead. For people that know, when you are down to Rye at half when you’re playing in Rye, its always a tough comeback. Fowler came out of the half slow, only scoring 2 points in the third period while Rye score 10. The Thunderbolts took a huge 32-12 lead into the final period of play. Fowler did outscore the Thunderbolts in the fourth but it wasn’t enough. Rye took the 39-19 victory. Leading scorers for the game were: Lexi VanSickle of Fowler with 7 points, and Laura Ambler of Rye with 12 points.

The second meeting between these two teams came two weeks ago on February 13th, this time in Fowler. It was much of the same from the Lady Thunderbolts as they took a 44-24 victory and swept the season series. Rye once again got out to the early lead and never relinquished it. Fowler was only able to manage to score 2 points in the first, while Rye scored 8. A high scoring 2nd quarter from the Thunderbolts gave them the halftime lead 22-7. The third and fourth quarters were much closer, but in the end Rye came out with the victory. This win helped the Thunderbolts on their way to becoming Santa Fe League Runner-Ups and receiving the #2 seed in the Tournament. Leading scorers for the game were: Taylor Benedict of Rye with 14 points, and Elizabeth Hagerman of Fowler with 6 points

Look for the game to be close as both teams attempt to improve their season and get the one win that could solidify it. A win and you play for a District Championship tomorrow evening, lose and you play for 3rd. Whether you win or lose each team will advance to the Regional Tournament next weekend, its just a matter of what seed you will have going in, and who you will be playing.

Players to Watch For:

Rye–Laura Ambler & Jerusha Pitzer

Fowler–Lexi VanSickle & Teyah Shiffer

See you at “The Pit”!

Swink Lady Lions vs. Las Animas Lady Trojans (Girls District 6 Semi-Final #1) PREVIEW

The Girls District 6 Semi-Finals tip-off today at “The Pit”. The action is about to pick up folks, as all four teams look to gain that all important District Championship. District 6 will be facing District 8 next week at the Regional Tournament. So seeding out of this tournament is important.


First game of the day is the #1 Swink Lady Lions and the #4 Las Animas Lady Trojans. Both teams won their respective Quarter-Finals on Tuesday to advance to the semis. Each team looks to improve on their victories and advance to the all important District Championship, loser plays for third tomorrow afternoon. Swink comes into the match-up the #1 overall seed, they come in with a 17-3 overall record and a 15-1 Santa Fe League record. Las Animas comes in with the #4 seed with a 11-9 overall record and a 9-7 Santa Fe League record.

The two teams have met two times this year with Swink taking both games over the Trojans. They first met on January 12th in Las Animas with the Lady Lions coming away with a 49-30 victory. The game started slow with Swink leading after the first period 5-3. The second period was another story, the Lions game out hot and firing and score 18 points in the period to the Trojans 5. Swink went into the half with a 23-8 lead and never looked back. In the third there was very little scoring as Swink took a 31-17 lead into the final period of play. When the final buzzer had sounded the Lions took a 49-30 victory with them back down Highway 50. Leading scorers for the game were: Hope Roweth of Swink with 16 points, and Angelica Melendez of Las Animas with 8 points.

The second meeting between these two teams came on Janurary 23rd, this time in Swink. It was much of the same from the Lady Lions as they took a 47-35 victory and swept the season series. Swink once again got out to the early lead and never relinquished it. This win helped the Lions on their way to becoming Santa Fe League Champions and recieving the #1 seed in the Tournament. Leading scorers for the game were: Brianna Denton of Swink with 17 points, and Sahara Snead of Las Animas with 8 points.

Look for the game to be close as both teams attempt to improve their season and get the one win that could solidify it. A win and you play for a District Championship tomorrow evening, lose and you play for 3rd. Whether you win or lose each team will advance to the Regional Tournament next weekend, its just a matter of what seed you will have going in, and who you will be playing.

Players to Watch For:

Swink–Whitney Nelson & Taiylor Holland

Las Animas–Sahara Snead & AJ Foulk

 

See you at “The Pit”!