2006 Hastings graduate Doug Plumb is competing this weekend in the Canadian Interuniversity Sports basketball tournament. He plays for the University of British Columbia Thunderbirds. The Thunderbirds won their first-round game.
Back on Jan. 14, Roseville and Hastings played against one another in girls basketball. It’s easy to say the game was a one-sided affair. Roseville won, 70-20.
Last week, when the two teams met again, much had changed.
Hastings ran into all kinds of trouble on the boys basketball court in a game last week against Woodbury. The Royals shot the lights out and, in the process, had no problem with the Raiders. Woodbury won, 94-58.
It wasn’t the best game of Liz Keena’s career. Nor was it the best game of the season for the Hastings girls basketball team.
But, with about 90 seconds to play against Woodbury, it suddenly became quite memorable for the HHS senior and her teammates.
Football coaches say it all the time. Defense wins championships.
Baseball coaches say it all the time. If you pitch well and play good defense, you’ll have a chance to win every game out there.
Basketball coaches praise defense, too, but at some point, some offense needs to be mixed in. It’s that part of the game that Hastings is struggling with right now, and the result is a 2-15 record.
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.
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