2017-12-07 / Sports

Swan Valley cagegirls fall to Huskies in second game of season

By Lamont Lenar


Swan Valley’s Taylor Sas makes a pass out to the perimeter after driving baseline against Hemlock on Dec. 1. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Swan Valley’s Taylor Sas makes a pass out to the perimeter after driving baseline against Hemlock on Dec. 1. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Swan Valley girls’ basketball team opened the season with a 36-23 win at Bay City John Glenn, hitting seven three pointers in the Nov. 28 game.

The Vikings then dropped their next game, losing at home, 43-38 to Hemlock on Dec. 1, to go 1-1 on the season.

The Vikings opened up an early 6-0 lead on the Huskies, but then Hemlock went on a 12-4 run to take a 12-10 lead at the end of the first quarter.

Swan Valley opened the second quarter with a pair of three pointers from Hannah Thiel and Annabelle Midcalf to take a 16-12 lead. The Vikings went on to outscore the Huskies 18-9 in the quarter and built a 28-21 lead at the half.

Hemlock opened the second half with a triple, but Taylor Sas answered for Swan Valley and maintained the seven point lead.

The Huskies then went on a seven point run to tie the game 31-31. The Vikings hit a pair of free throws for the lead, but Hemlock hit the final basket of the third period to tie the game 33-33.


Audree Midcalf shoots a jumper from the high post in the Vikings’ Dec. 1 matchup with Hemlock. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Audree Midcalf shoots a jumper from the high post in the Vikings’ Dec. 1 matchup with Hemlock. Photo by Lamont Lenar Hemlock took a one point lead to open the fourth after hitting a free throw. Then Midcalf scored from the floor, followed by Thiel hitting two from the free throw line for a 37-34 Swan Valley lead.

Hemlock came back with a three pointer to tie the game and went on to outscore the Vikings 6-1 down the stretch for the 43-38 win.

Swan Valley coach Dale Roberts said “Hemlock played a physical game and with only 10 points in the second half, we have to do better than that.”

Micalf led the Vikings with 14 points. Thiel added nine and Taylor Sas had eight.



Swan Valley’s Emily Buska drives past the Hemlock defender and gets into the lane during the Dec. 1 matchup. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Swan Valley’s Emily Buska drives past the Hemlock defender and gets into the lane during the Dec. 1 matchup. Photo by Lamont Lenar

Hannah Thiel drives to the basket for Swan Valley in its Dec. 1 game against Hemlock. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Hannah Thiel drives to the basket for Swan Valley in its Dec. 1 game against Hemlock. Photo by Lamont Lenar

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