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Winner’s press guides it past Ethan: Swedlund, Bertram combine for 40 points in win

“Coming off a big win (against Corsica-Stickney on Thursday), you get to thinking, ‘Are we going to be tired? How are we going to come out?” Swedlund said. “It’s awesome to see all of us come back together, especially in the second half after a little rough start.”

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Winner's Bella Swedlund, left, tries to drive past Ethan's Hannah Bartscher on Saturday at the Corn Palace during the girls Hanson Classic. (Jeremy Karll / Republic)

Winner’s press changed the momentum on Saturday at the Corn Palace.

A five-point Ethan lead became a 17-point deficit by the end of the third quarter, as the Class A No. 3 Warriors earned their seventh straight win, 66-41, in the girls Hanson Classic.

“They did a good job of taking us out of our rhythm (early),” Winner coach Larry Aaker said. “We’d seen a diamond-and-one, but this was a little different. … Once we got a couple of layups and we could get in our press and get the flow of the game up, that plays right in our hands.”

Class B No. 4 Ethan (7-1) implemented a diamond-and-one defense to force the ball out of Bella Swedlund’s hands, with Hannah Bartscher and Bella Nesheim chasing around the all-state guard. Swedlund finished with 21 points on 9-for-15 shooting, but the Rustlers forced the Warriors into tough looks to start.

Winner (10-1) missed shots at the rim, while Ethan’s Hannah Bartscher, who scored a game-high 22 points, sparked a 13-2 run to take a 21-16 lead midway through the second quarter.

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“We were trying to force someone besides Swedlund to beat us,” Ethan coach Tom Young said. “Once they started hitting shots, they took over. Their press started to bother us more, and that hurt us.”

The Rustlers committed 17 turnovers, leading to fastbreaks for the Warriors. Swedlund recorded a team-high three steals, while Kalla Bertram and Kelsey Sachtjen added two steals apiece.

Between the second and third quarters, Winner went on a 32-5 run to take control. It led 50-33 after the third quarter, and held Ethan to 15 second-half points.

“Anytime you can make them operate with 25, 26 seconds on the shot clock is huge,” Aaker said. “We got a lot of steals, especially right away in the third. That definitely was huge.”

Winner’s defense fed its offense. It created easy looks, which built a rhythm that carried over to its half-court offense.

Bertram finished with 19 points, as she consistently drew fouls in the paint and made 5 of 7 free throws. Swedlund, who also grabbed nine rebounds, and Maggie LaCompte each sinked three 3-pointers, as well. LaCompte and Sachtjen both added nine points in the win.

“Coming off a big win (against Corsica-Stickney on Thursday), you get to thinking, ‘Are we going to be tired? How are we going to come out?” Swedlund said. “It’s awesome to see all of us come back together, especially in the second half after a little rough start.”

Winner hosts Kadoka Area on Thursday. Ethan hosts Menno on Tuesday.

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Winner 66, Ethan 41

Winner (10-1): Maggie LaCompte 3-7 0-0 9, Ellie Brozik 2-6 1-2 6, Kalla Bertram 7-19 5-7 19, Bella Swedlund 9-15 0-0 21, Kelsey Sachtjen 3-3 3-4 9, Joselin Kludt 1-1 0-0 2, Jenna Hammerbeck 0-0 0-0 0, Katherine Jankauskas 0-1 0-0 0, Aryn Meiners 0-1 0-0 0, Emma Jorgensen 0-0 0-0 0, Melanie Brozik 0-0 0-0 0, Karlee Brozik 0-1 0-0 0, Shannon Calhoon 0-0 0-0 0, Ava Craven 0-0 0-0 0. Team totals: 25-54 9-13 66.

Ethan (7-1): Ava Lingemann 1-11 0-0 3, Hannah Bartscher 8-18 3-3 22, Lexi Lingemann 2-4 0-0 6, Maddy Bartscher 3-9 0-0 6, Alexis Myers 0-0 0-0 0, Leah Klock 0-0 0-0 0, Claire Mellegaard 0-0 0-0 0, Bella Nesheim 1-1 0-0 2, Emiley Hoffman 0-0 0-0 0, Analise Buenning 0-0 0-0 0, Ryanna Clauson 1-1 0-0 2. Team totals: 16-44 3-3 41.

W 14 33 50 66

E 11 26 33 41

3-pointers: W 7-19 (Swedlund 3-6, LaCompte 3-5, Brozik 1-5, Bertram 0-1, Jankauskas 0-1, Meiners 0-1); E 6-22 (H. Bartscher 3-7, L. Lingemann 2-3, A. Lingemann 1-10, M. Bartscher 0-2). Rebounds: W 32 (Swedlund 9, Sachtjen 7); E 26 (M. Bartscher 9). Assists: W 13 (LaCompte 3, Bertram 3, Swedlund 3, Sachtjen 3); E 9 (A. Lingemann 3). Blocked shots: W 3 (Sachtjen 2); E 0. Steals: W 10 (Swedlund 3); E 2. Turnovers: W 8; E 17. Total fouls: W 12; E 12.

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