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White Bear stops Hastings girls, 48-22

A win still eludes the Hastings girls basketball team.

Last week, the Raiders faced a considerable obstacle in search of that win: White Bear Lake.

The Bears are the state's No. 3-ranked team, and Hastings found out why in a 48-22 loss.

"They are an incredibly talented team that will, more than likely, get to the state tournament and challenge for the title," coach Mike Harp said. "They just moved the ball well. They don't make mistakes. We just couldn't match up with them talent-wise."

That said, Harp was thrilled that his team was able to hold the high-powered Bears to 48 points.

"The girls worked very hard on defense," he said. "I was very happy with giving up only 48 points to them. We just couldn't score."

Hastings had 10 points in the first half and 12 in the second.

Harp said the team was able to limit its turnovers in the second half, which was one of the goals put in place.

"We played much better in the second half," he said. "Limiting our turnovers was one of our goals. We just have to carry that over into the rest of the season."

Liz Keena led Hastings in scoring with 14 points. She now has 943 career points, putting her just 57 points away from 1,000.

Only three other girls in Hastings history have scored 1,000. They are Erin Ditty, Amber Wirth and Kathryn Reuter.

Also scoring for Hastings were: Mary Haglund, 4; Kallie Dylla, 3; and Jordan Marshall, 1.

Chad Richardson

Chad Richardson is the news director for RiverTown Multimedia. He was the publisher of four RiverTown publications until 2016, when he was named news director. He was previously general manager of the Farmington Independent and Rosemount Town Pages from 2000 to 2007. He worked at the Hastings Star Gazette from 1996 to 2000 as a photographer and reporter. He also worked as a photographer and writer at the Pope County Tribune in Glenwood.

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