As the weather outside starts to warm, so too does the game of the Royalton boys basketball team.
The Royals began as they extended Holdingford’s losing streak to eight games to start the season with a 61-30 victory, Feb. 12.
It was the first of two games that the Royals played improved basketball, according to head coach Jeremy Albright.
“It was good that we started to break out of our shooting slump,” Albright said. “It’s always nice to get both a conference and section win.”
The Huskers were limited to 11 first-half points by a stingy Royalton defense.
Offensively, Royalton had a balanced attack led by eight points each from Blake Albright, Tristan Pekula and Jordan Petron.
Joseph Achen, Grayson Suska and Zack Cekalla all had seven points.
Albright notched a team-best seven rebounds, while Cekalla led with five assists.
Royalton followed up the victory with another section win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, 68-44, Tuesday.
Again the home team Royals showed strong defensive prowess in the first half, leading 33-12 at the break.
“In the first half we were strong on defense again,” Jeremy Albright said. “We got a little sloppy in the second half, so we’ll need to work on that.”
Petron led the charge offensively for the Royals with 14 points. Pekula added 12 points and Suska scored 10.
Albright is pleased with the progress the Royals have started to show.
“It’s been nice to see the improvement in the players on all three levels (C, JV, and Varsity),” Albright said. “You can definitely tell the difference in those that come early to practice or stay afterwards to work on their shot.”
Royalton (4-6) has a trip to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa next on the schedule, Tuesday.
Holdingford (0-8) hits the road to take on Eden Valley-Watkins, Tuesday.
Royalton smashes ACGC, Huskers add two more wins
The Royalton girls basketball team earned its third victory this season after a 77-18 smackdown of Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City, Feb. 11.
The outcome was evident from the outset, and Royalton smashed the throttle in the first half, leading 52-2 at halftime.
Twelve successful three-point attempts helped propel the Royalton offense, including a 4-for-4 night for Blair Tschida off the bench.
She was second in scoring for the Royals behind Autumn Schoenrock, who went 7-for-9 and scored 15 points.
Mya Yourczek added 11 points, while Kylie Waytashek netted nine points to go with nine boards.
Royalton followed up the game with a 50-25 loss to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, Tuesday.
The game was characterized as “two steps forward,” and “much closer than the final score,” according to the Royals girls hoops Twitter feed.
BBE is ranked No. 5 in the state in Class A.
Yourczek led the way with 11 points and six rebounds for Royalton.
Holdingford continued its winning ways with home conference victories over Kimball, 68-44, Feb. 11, and Eden Valley-Watkins, 55-40, Tuesday.
Addy Pilarski scored 34 points in the two games. Senior Kendra Gerads netted 30.
Next for the Huskers (7-2) is a home game against Sauk Centre, Tuesday.
Royalton (3-6) will host Eden Valley-Watkins at home Tuesday, and then will travel to EVW, Thursday.