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Girls basketball: HHS falls to Cretin in close one

No, the Hastings girls basketball team did not break into the win column this week.

Yes, though, the team did lead Cretin-Derham Hall with one minute to go.

It was another close game for Hastings, and, unfortunately for the team, another close loss. Hastings is 0-8.

"We had an opportunity in that one," coach Mike Harp said.

Hastings trailed by seven at the half, but came on strong in the second half and took the lead, 49-48, with one minute to go. From that point on, though, Hastings couldn't score and C-DH closed out the Raiders, going on a 4-0 run to end the game.

Hastings got a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer late, but the shot fell short.

"We played well, especially defensively, in the second half," Harp said. "We held them to 20 points. We just couldn't find a way to score in the last minute to seal the deal.

"We've been snakebitten a little bit this year on a couple close games. Mahtomedi. Forest Lake. Cretin. Prescott. We just weren't able to get it done. We've had an opportunity to win four games."

Hastings was led in scoring by Liz Keena and Mary Haglund, who each had 18 points.

"Mary and Liz have been playing very well," Harp said. "All the girls are, really. They're playing hard and they're giving their all. It's very disappointing for them, and it's obviously disappointing for me. I feel bad for the girls. They're working so hard. There's no quit in them."

Also scoring were Emily Daggett 2, Hannah Norman 3, Kelsey Nelson 3, Lexie Harp 3 and Kallie Dylla 2.