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This year, Prescott wins girls basketball border battle

The Hastings girls basketball team lost a close border battle on Thursday night, falling 50-45 at Prescott, Wis.

The game was tied with about three minutes left to play. Down the stretch, though, Prescott pulled away and won.

"We had some fouls and sent them to the line," coach Mike Harp said. "That really hurt us. We just had a couple mental mistakes. The girls play hard - that's never a problem. It was a great effort on our part, but a couple mental mistakes hurt us in the end. We sent them to the line at inopportune times and they were able to make their free throws and win the game."

Hastings made just 13 of 63 attempts from the field on the night, and they made three of eight attempts from three-point territory.

Hastings trailed by just one at the half, 25-24.

Hastings was led in scoring by Hannah Norman, who finished with 14.

Also scoring were: Morgan Tjomsland, 1; Hannah Martin, 10; Nicole Hollar, 8; Lauren Thomas, 5; Lily Arvidson, 4; and Meleah Hansen, 3.


Hastings lost to White Bear Lake on Friday night, 58-37. The Bears are 5-2 in the Suburban East Conference.

"That's a very, very good team," Harp said. "They're very good, and I thought we played very well against them. Defensively, we were right in the game with them. We played solid. The problem was we didn't shoot very well. That's been our Achille's heel the last few weeks."

Harp was pleased with what he saw from the Raiders in terms of handling the pressure that the Bears put on.

"They're very aggressive," he said. "I thought we matured a lot since the beginning of the season in handling the press and handling the pressure. The girls played hard - they never quit. It took White Bear's best effort to beat us. Now we just have to figure out a way to shoot the ball a little bit better."

Norman led Hastings in scoring with 18 points. Tjomsland had 2; Martin had 4; Paige Ahrens had 2; Hollar had 2; Thomas had 6; Arvidson had 2; and Hansen had 1.