Girls basketball: Raiders still seeking season's first win
Hastings High School girls basketball coach Mike Harp knows his team has its shortcomings. The Raiders are 0-7 on the season, and not much has gone right for the Raiders.
There's one thing he's not concerned about, though: his team's effort.
"The girls play hard every night," Harp said. "They practice hard every day. The girls are working at it.
"Nobody wants to be 0-7. I think if we would have a little different offensive output here and there, we could easily be 3-4. It's just one of those deals.
"The girls don't like being 0-7. They're going to keep battling. The record we have isn't indicative of what kind of team we have and what kind of kids we have. Hopefully we can get ourselves a couple wins here in the next couple of weeks."
Hastings lost to Stillwater on Tuesday, 73-48. The Ponies built a 38-20 halftime lead and outscored Hastings 35-28 in the second half to pull away.
Hastings was led in scoring by Mary Haglund, who had 13 points. Liz Keena had 11.
Also scoring were: Hannah Norman, 8; Lexie Harp, 6; Kallie Dylla, 6; Emily Daggett, 2; and Ashley Bayne, 2.
Vs Forest Lake
Hastings lost Friday to Forest Lake, 48-34.
The game was close at halftime, with the Rangers holding a 25-22 lead after they hit a three-pointer at the end of the half.
In the second half, Hastings had a hard time getting shots to fall, and the Rangers pulled away.
"It was a very close game," Harp said. "We just came out in the second half and we couldn't score."
Hastings managed just 12 second-half points.
"Our defense was very good," Harp said. "We did a nice job on their big center. We forced her to go outside. The girls played well. They played hard. Unfortunately, the ball didn't fall into the hoop.
"It was just one of those games. We did several things right. We just couldn't score. In a nutshell, that has been our problem."
Harp and the team are working on that very problem this week, he said.
"A lot of it is, I think we were indecisive on when to shoot and when not to shoot," he said. "I think we just have to get a feel for the game and for who needs to do what. I think we'll cut loose and bring it all together here soon.
"We're just in a rut right now."
Keena was the lone Hastings player in double figures on the night. She scored 10. Also scoring were: Haglund, 6; Harp, 6; Dylla, 2; Daggett, 5; Norman, 2; Kelsey Nelson, 2; Nicole Hollar, 1.