Girls basketball team still seeking first conference win
Coming into this season, Hastings girls basketball coach Mike Harp talked about how important it would be for his team to stay healthy this year. The Raiders had a roster relatively light on varsity experience, so there wasn't a lot of proven depth to rely on should anyone get hurt.
So, when one of the team's top players, Jill Weinzettel, was forced to essentially miss the first two months of the season, it wasn't exactly good news.
Things are starting to look up for Hastings, though. Weinzettel is back in practice and played a few minutes against Forest Lake last week as she is eased back into game action.
"She did some nice things out there in the few minutes she played," Harp said. "She's one of the better players in the conference. If we get her back in the next week or so, I think you'll see a change in our team. She's another scorer, and she can create her own shot. We're excited to have her back in the lineup. That alone will make a big difference in our team."
Hastings lost to a talented Forest Lake team in Weinzettel's return, 65-27. The Raiders are 3-13 overall and 0-10 in Suburban East Conference play.
"They were big and they were quick," Harp said. "We just didn't match up with them. It was a combination of things - they're stronger and quicker than us, and we didn't play well."
Harp was encouraged that despite the significant deficit, Hastings didn't quit out on the court.
"They knew they were overmatched and they didn't back down," Harp said. "They kept battling. They kept fighting."
Hastings was led in scoring by Hanna Norman, who had seven points. Also scoring were: Hanah Martin, three; Paige Ahrens, four; Nicole Hollar, four; Lauren Thomas, four; Lily Arvidson, two; Meleah Hansen, three.
Hastings lost to Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday night, 60-38