Lady Swedes hosted the Amherst Broncos on December 21 in a match-up that was the last match before the NSAA mandate moratorium.
The Swedes had a one-point lead at the end of the first quarter, and the team went to the locker room with the Swedes with a three-point lead of 25-22.
The Broncos caught fire in the second half and scored 12 points in the third quarter to take control barely with a 34-32 advantage heading into the fourth.
Lady Swedes struggled during the final quarter of the game, scoring just two points for the Broncos 14 and going from there with a 48-34 loss.
Ellarey Harm had 11 points in the Swedish loss and Kynlee Strauser and Clara Evert had seven each.
Evert and Harm had eight rebounds each and Ashlyn Richeson had five assists.
Despite how they ended the first part of the 2021-22 season, coach Kassie Schuett said she felt that a break would benefit the team more than five days of training.
“They go so hard knowing that they get a five-day break from conditioning and from each other to focus on themselves and their families,” she said. “I think it will help them come back more ready to start the second half of the season.”
Schuett went on to say that the Swedes have done a lot of soul searching and shown an enormous resilience in the wake of their big loss against Adams Central, a match that Schuett said she has struggled to get past.
But her team showed up ready to start training the following training, and for that Schuett says she is grateful.
“They came to training on the Monday after the Adams Central game ready to go all out,” she said. “They knew it was not something we wanted to agree with or define, so we needed to intensify it in practice to push each other. In a really weird way, they helped me get past it more than I helped them.”
One focus point that Schuett said that Lady Swedes has done a fantastic job with this season is the return game.
“Rebounding is not the easiest thing to do in practice because the scenarios you try to use are usually not game-like,” she said. “They have shown the importance of not allowing other shots and points.”
Lady Swedes went to the track on Tuesday, December 28 at the Greg Miller Memorial Holiday Tournament in Hershey.
First out in the tournament for the Swedes was Gering, a team that Schuett said the Swedes would need to be ready to come after the long break.
The Greg Miller Memorial Holiday Tournament in Hershey continued on December 29th.
Summaries of the games from that tournament will be available in the issue of Gothenburg Leader on January 6.