Swanton girls finish 1-1 at holiday tournament


By Paige Radel - For the Expositor and Enterprise



Swanton’s Frankie Nelson dribbles the ball in the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic championship versus Leipsic held Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Swanton. The Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 31-20.

Swanton’s Frankie Nelson dribbles the ball in the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic championship versus Leipsic held Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Swanton. The Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 31-20.


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Emma Crow of Swanton looks for room along the baseline against Leipsic in the championship of the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic held last week. The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the tournament.


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Jayden Hendricks handles the ball for Swanton during a first round matchup with Fayette at the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27. The Bulldogs rolled to a 42-16 victory over the Eagles.


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Swanton girls basketball fell to Leipsic in the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic championship Tuesday, Dec. 28 by a final of 31-20.

This low-scoring matchup started off with numerous possessions and a multitude of shots from both teams. Swanton’s Katlyn Floyd got the ball rolling two minutes into the game with a two-point shot.

Alaina Pelland kept the momentum for Swanton going, snagging a free throw after being fouled driving to the bucket.

Ava Henry answered back for the Vikings by knocking down a three followed up by a two point goal by Jocie Hermiller — also for Leipsic.

The quarter ended with Leipsic leading 5-3.

Whitney Langhals hit a 3-pointer to open the second quarter after a few subs came in and out for Leipsic, then unfortunately, a long stoppage took place due to an injury to Swanton’s Frankie Nelson. Krysten Martinez restarted the scoring for the Vikings with a deuce.

Trista Eitniear for Swanton took advantage of the foul trouble and Leipsic found themselves in making a free throw after being fouled.

It would not be enough to hold the Vikings off, though, as Marisa Hermiller added a pair of points to make the score 15-4 to end the first half.

Pelland came out with vengeance to begin the second half, driving down the center of the Leipsic defense, drawing the foul and hitting a free throw.

A Leipsic 3-pointer attempted to steal the momentum back, but Swanton’s Ashley Keaton answered back with a deep two.

The score was 19-7 as Leipsic called timeout with 4:39 left in the third quarter.

Martinez answered the Bulldogs with two made free throws, but Eitniear drove in making a layup while getting fouled. The clock winded down and the score came to be 21-9 with 1:39 remaining in the third.

Martinez hit another free throw to end the third quarter at 22-9 in favor of the Vikings.

The fourth quarter began with Pelland draining a three followed up by Emma Crow snagging a free throw. Langhals answered back with a two-point shot.

The score was set at 26-13 with 4:38 left in the game, but Henry rattled off two more points for the Vikings 38 seconds later.

Crow came back and hit a three for the Bulldogs to put the score at 28-16 with just over a minute remaining. Pelland and Eitniear each added two for Swanton, but the final ended 31-20 with Leipsic on top.

Dogs too much for Eagles

In the opening round matchup between Swanton and Fayette, the Eagles were held scoreless for the first 11-plus minutes as the Bulldogs cruised to a 42-16 win.

To start the game, Katlyn Floyd scored six points, while Frankie Nelson and Jayden Hendricks each added four apiece to help Swanton jump out to a 15-0 lead at the 4:39 of the opening frame.

Nevaeh Powers broke the Eagles’ drought by burying a triple 20 seconds later. However, Swanton kept a 15 point lead by the end of the stanza thanks to Emma Crow’s steal and score in the final seconds for a 21-6 advantage.

In the second quarter Fayette’s Emma Leininger opened with a pair of two-pointers that pulled them within 11, 21-10, but they would be outscored 12-3 over the final seven minutes of the stanza.

Nelson pegged the next nine Bulldog points for a 30-10 edge at the 3:44 mark. Alaina Pelland converted a steal into points for the Dogs, then Gracee Bingman of Fayette knocked down a triple.

Closing the third quarter scoring was Pelland with 1 of 2 from the foul line, giving the Dogs a 33-13 advantage entering the fourth.

Nelson led all scorers with 15 points. Leininger notched seven points for Fayette.

Swanton’s Frankie Nelson dribbles the ball in the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic championship versus Leipsic held Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Swanton. The Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 31-20.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/01/web1_Nelson-v.-Leipsic.jpgSwanton’s Frankie Nelson dribbles the ball in the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic championship versus Leipsic held Tuesday, Dec. 28 in Swanton. The Bulldogs fell to the Vikings 31-20. Paige Radel | AIM Media Midwest

Emma Crow of Swanton looks for room along the baseline against Leipsic in the championship of the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic held last week. The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the tournament.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/01/web1_Crow-against-Leipsic.jpgEmma Crow of Swanton looks for room along the baseline against Leipsic in the championship of the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic held last week. The Bulldogs went 1-1 in the tournament. Paige Radel | AIM Media Midwest

Jayden Hendricks handles the ball for Swanton during a first round matchup with Fayette at the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27. The Bulldogs rolled to a 42-16 victory over the Eagles.
https://www.fcnews.org/wp-content/uploads/sites/45/2022/01/web1_Hendricks-against-Fayette.jpgJayden Hendricks handles the ball for Swanton during a first round matchup with Fayette at the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic on Monday, Dec. 27. The Bulldogs rolled to a 42-16 victory over the Eagles. Max Householder | AIM Media Midwest

By Paige Radel

For the Expositor and Enterprise

Max Householder contributed to this story.

Max Householder contributed to this story.