Postseason slips away from SW, 43-42


South Winn’s Abby Phillips works hard for the offensive board and put-back in the Regional game versus MFL/MarMac on Saturday. The senior closed out her career with 10 points in the postseason game. (Becky Walz photo)


Postseason slips away from SW, 43-42



Becky Walz
News Editor




It wasn’t the ending that the Lady Warrior basketball team was looking for, but it ended nearly identical to the matchup early this season, as South Winn was pushed out of the postseason, 43-42, by MFL/MarMac.

vs. MFL/MarMac

Thirty seconds into Saturday’s postseason opener, Micole Lansing drained a trey to put South Winn in the driver’s seat. The Lady Warriors continued to cruise in the opening stanza, holding the Bulldogs scoreless until 41 seconds remained for a 21-2 first-quarter advantage.

In the second period, South Winn remained on top as MFL/MM tried to claw its way back into the game, 27-12.

The momentum swung into the Bulldogs’ favor in the third quarter. After MFL/MM scored the first two points of the quarter, Brittany Shindelar and Jordan Poshusta connected on a pair of baskets to put SW on top, 31-16. The Bulldogs hit back-to-back treys and then a trio of free tosses to bring the score up to 31-25. Abby Phillips stopped the Bulldog scoring streak to keep SW on top, 33-25, with 1:51 remaining, but the Lady Warrior scoring stopped there.

The Bulldogs capped off the period with four free throws, a three-point play, and a basket to take a 34-33 advantage after three periods.

Still hot, MFL/MM started out the final stanza with a trey and another basket to lead, 39-33, with 5:53 remaining. Tough defense left both teams in a scoring drought until the 1:50 mark when Lansing drained a three to make it 39-36. Phillips cut the lead further to two points, 40-38, with 1:08 left. Brittany Shindelar evened the field at 40-40 with a pair of charity tosses with 1:03 left, followed by a pair of free throws by the Bulldogs with 50 ticks remaining.

Composed, sophomore Jordan Poshusta hit a short jumper with 40 seconds left to tie the score at 42-42, but with nearly five ticks remaining on the clock, a MFL/MM player was fouled and connected on one of two free throws to put the Bulldogs in control, 43-42. Payton Poshusta managed to throw up a final shot near midcourt, but it fell short as the postseason win slipped away from the Lady Warriors, 43-42.


1 2 3 4 Final

SW 21 6 6 9 42

MFL/MM 2 10 22 9 43

SW (42) – Shindelar, 11; Phillips, 10; P. Poshusta, 9; Lansing, 6; J. Poshusta, 4; Elsbernd, 2.


vs. Decorah

It was neck and neck Thursday between South Winn and Decorah, with neither positioning itself as the key team. Both teams struggled in their passing games from start to finish, as they knotted the score 8-8 at the end of the first.

At halftime the Warriors trailed, 26-20, but gathered momentum in the third to take a one-point lead, 33-32.

In the end South Winn just couldn’t muster enough points to hold off the Vikings as Decorah connected late in the fourth to win the game, 50-48.

Leading the Lady Warriors in the scoring attack were Payton Poshusta and Megan Elsbernd with 12 points each. Brittany Shindelar poured in another 10 with five boards.


1 2 3 4 Final

SW 8 12 13 15 48

D 8 18 6 18 50

SW (48) – P. Poshusta, 12; Elsbernd, 12; Shindelar, 10; DeVilbiss, 7; Lansing, 3; Phillips, 2; J. Poshusta, 2. Three-pointers – P. Poshusta, 2; Lansing, 1. Rebounds – Shindelar, 5; Elsbernd, 5; Lansing, 4; DeVilbiss, 4; P. Poshusta, 3; J. Poshusta, 1. Assists – Lansing, 5; Phillips, 4; DeVilbiss, 1; P. Poshusta, 1; Shindelar, 1. Steals – DeVilbiss, 4; Lansing, 3; Shindelar, 3; Phillips, 2; J. Poshusta, 2; P. Poshusta, 1. Blocks – Phillips, 2.

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