Lutz Twins Carry Swanton Girls to Win Over Defiance
Rebounding from a late game-ending injury last Thursday, Aricka Lutz poured in 20 points and her sister Averie scored 16 as the Swanton Lady Bulldogs survived a horrendous start to get past the Defiance Lady Bulldogs 46-40 in a non-league home game Tuesday night. After the visiting Bulldogs raced out to a 14-2 lead halfway through the first quarter, the home town Bulldogs regrouped and scored the final seven points of the quarter to pull within 14-9
The Swanton scoring barrage continued into the second quarter and the defense rose up to hold the visitors to only five points while scoring 16 and the half ended with the home team on top 25-19. Defiance rallied in the third quarter and took a 34-33 lead into the final frame. Swanton was able to regain the lead early in the fourth and then were given a little breathing room when Aricka Lutz drove to the basket, was knocked to the floor by two defenders and still managed to lay the ball in the hoop for the score and the foul. Lutz drained the free throw to complete the three point play and Swanton never trailed again. Defiance hit a triple to draw back within one but two clutch foul shots by Maddie Peluso helped seal the win.
The Lutz twins combined to score 36 of Swanton’s 46 points including 12 of 14 from the free throw line. Olivia Moats and Kinley Maynard each had 11 points to pace Defiance. With the win, Swanton moves to 12-5 on the season.