The girls side of the District 6 Tournament tips-off today, we have the preview for all 4 match-ups. First up we’ll look at the Swink Lady Lions vs. John Mall Lady Panthers. The game will be played in Swink at the “Lions Den”. The Lady Lions come in as the top overall #1 Seed in the Distritct 6 Tourney. John Mall comes in as a #8 Seed, after they defeated the Dolores Huerta Scorpions last Thursday in the Play-In game.
Swink’s season has been a complete turn-around from last years when they went 9-14 overall and 7-9 in the Santa Fe League, they come into the tournament this year at 16-3 overall and 15-1 in the Santa Fe League. It helps when you have the numbers to have a complete bench and with the help of Head Coach Kurt Lewis the Lions have become a force to reckon with in the District. John Mall comes into the contest at 4-16 overall and 2-14 in the Santa Fe League. Its been a down year for the Panthers as they are looking for a big upset to solidify their season and advance to play two more weeks of basketball.
The Lions and Panthers have met twice this year with Swink winning both games by huge margins.The teams first met on January 15th in Walsenburg where the Lady Lions ran away with a 56-20 victory. Leading scorers for the game were: Kyla O’Neal/Brianna Denton of the Lions who put up 16 a piece, and Erika Bradsby for the Panthers who put up 13. The Lions got up to a early 11-3 1st quarter lead and the game was never close again.
The teams met once again on February 11th, although the game venue moved to Swink the result did not change. The Lions once again blew out the Panthers this time by a score of 75-29. Leading scorers were: Kyla O’Neal of the Lions with 19 points, and Casiddy Dotter of the Panthers with 7 points. Swink once again pulled out to the early lead and never looked back.
With this game being a #1 vs. #8, a blowout wouldn’t be a big surprise for me. Swink has been playing great basketball down the stretch and is looking to make some noise in the Class 2A Postseason. After having years lacking the numbers to advance far in the Tournaments, look for the Lions to surprise a few people and make it really far this year.
Players to Watch For:
Swink– Taiylor Holland & Kyla O’Neal
John Mall– Cassidy Dotter & Erika Bradsby