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)