Raiders girls' basketball drops pair of non-conference away games
After an 11 day break, the Hastings girls' basketball team was back in action this last week on a road trip. On Tuesday, Dec. 20, the Raiders traveled to East Ridge where they lost 63-47. Two days later they crossed the Mississippi for a short trip to Hudson, Wis., where they lost 68-42. The two losses drop Hastings to 2-5 overall on the season with conference play coming up after the holidays.
Hastings led the Raptors at halftime, 27-25, and head coach Padrick Judd said they controlled much of the first half.
"The girls played hard and did a nice job reducing turnovers and getting quality shots," Judd said. "We played a good first half against East Ridge, we controlled the tempo and executed our game plan fairly well."
However, the Raiders were unable to keep it up in the second half as East Ridge took the lead and extended it.
"In the second half we were not able to duplicate the same tempo or execution," Judd explained. "Foul trouble became a problem and we also gave East Ridge too many second chances. They are a good team, no question about it."
Despite the loss, Krystal Carlson and Mallory Brake continued to fill the stat sheet. Carlson led the Raiders in scoring with 21 points and had a double-double with her 11 rebounds. She also added six assists, four steals and four blocks. Brake complemented Carlson with 15 points, four rebounds, three assists, three steals and two blocks. Haylee Yaeger had five points while CiCi Carlson, Laura Church and Megan Tietjen all had two points.
Hastings did not have the offensive output they are used to in their game against Hudson. The Raiders only scored 18 points in the first half and 42 overall. Hudson led 30-12 at halftime and Hastings was not able to make a comeback with Hudson outscoring them in the second half by fourteen as well.
Hastings only had two players score in double figures, Yaeger led the Raiders in scoring with 14 points and Brake followed her with 12. Krystal Carlson had six points, Caprice Van Den Assem four points, Tietjen three, Megan Mattson two and CiCi Carlson one.
The Raiders play in a holiday tournament at St. Olaf College Dec. 28-30, Wednesday through Friday. Wednesday they play Hopkins, Thursday NRHEG (New Richland, Hartland, Ellendale, Geneva) and Friday they finish vs. Eastview.