Category: State Basketball

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


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, and See you in Loveland!

–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)