Swanton fell in a 16-0 hole to start the game from which they never were able to recover, falling at home to Bryan 49-32 in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League girls basketball opener Friday night.
Six of those first quarter points came from the Golden Bears’ McKendry Semer. The Bulldogs got on the board via an Averie Lutz 3-pointer in the final minute of the stanza, making the score 16-3 after one.
Swanton trailed 23-7 with just over two minutes to go until halftime when Bryan’s Brooke Lamberson got the bounce on a 3-pointer. However, they would chip away from there.
Triples by Averie Lutz and Frankie Nelson pulled the Dogs within 23-13 at the half.
The Golden Bears hit another three to start scoring in the third quarter, this time from Allie Zimmerman, extending their lead to 13 at the 6:31 mark.
The Dogs fired back with Katlyn Floyd scoring off a pass from Aricka Lutz, then Averie Lutz tacked on a three. Semer put Bryan back on the board with a fast break bucket but a three-point play by Aricka Lutz got the Dogs within seven, 28-21, with 4:29 remaining in the third.
Bryan responded with an 11-0 run which put them in the driver’s seat for the rest of the game.
Zimmerman’s jump shot, followed by three straight triples from Addie Arnold, Reese Grothaus and Kloee Antigo put the score at 39-21 with 2:48 left.
Grothaus had 11 points for the Bears while Semer kicked in 10.
Averie Lutz had 13 for Swanton, while her sister Aricka added eight and Nelson seven.
The Dogs added a 44-33 win at Holgate Saturday.
Swanton is off until Dec. 28-29 when they host the Bob Fisher Holiday Classic.
Reach Max Householder at 419-335-2010