Raider girls' basketball goes 2-1 in busy week
The Hastings girls' basketball team played Tuesday, Thursday and Friday this past week due to a rescheduled game against St. Croix Lutheran. On Tuesday, Jan. 3, the Raiders won at Simley 58-52. On Thursday, they hosted St. Croix Lutheran and lost a close, low-scoring game 43-40. To cap off the week, Hastings then went on to notch their second conference victory of the week at Henry Sibley 48-45. The Raiders are now 5-8 overall but 2-0 in conference and sit alone atop the Metro East.
The game against Simley was a tale of two halves. The Raiders were up 33-20 at halftime, but then were outscored 32-25 in the second half. Still, they managed to win 58-52.
"Tonight we played a solid first half and built a nice lead early," head coach Padrick Judd said. "We did a nice job forcing turnovers and executing on offense. Unfortunately, we did not have a great second half and made a couple mistakes defensively. Give credit to Simley for never quitting and battling back in the second half. Our girls did a nice job the last couple minutes executing end-of-game situations and securing the win."
Mallory Brake led the Raiders in scoring with 19 points and added seven assists, three rebounds, three steals and a block. Krystal Carlson had a double-double with 18 points and 12 rebounds, as did Haylee Yaeger who had 13 points and 11 rebounds. CiCi Carlson added five points, while Tori Brake had two and Caprice Van Den Assem had one.
Judd acknowledged that his team is going to face each opponent's best.
"It's always nice to get a win in the conference opener," Judd said. "Winning the conference two years in a row, we know the target is on our back and everyone in the conference is going to give us their best game."
St. Croix Lutheran
Hastings' game against St. Croix Lutheran was a poor shooting night overall for the Raiders, which helps explain their abnormally low score. Hastings was held to a season-low 40 points, shot just 28 percent from the field, did not make a 3-point play and only made 10-of-23 free throws. The Raiders trailed 27-20 at halftime, and while they were able to make a comeback in the second half, it was not enough and they lost 43-40.
The Raiders did have three players in double figures for scoring, but Mallory Brake's 14 points and Krystal Carlson's 11 were below their season averages. Haylee Yaeger had 12 points, but outside of those three, the rest of the Hastings team only scored three more points.
Mallory Brake had seven rebounds, four assists and six steals to go with her 14 points. Carlson and Yaeger both had double-digit rebounds to give them double-doubles. Van Den Assem had two points and Lauren Jackson one.
The Raiders were able to bounce back with a win at Henry Sibley, though their shooting woes continued. Hastings led 28-22 at halftime but only shot 37 percent from the field for the game, made just 2-of-8 free throws and made only 4-of-19 3-pointers. However, the Raiders' defense continued to play well and limit their opponent's' shooting to pull out a 48-45 win.
Mallory Brake led all scorers with 19 points, while Krystal Carlson and Haylee Yaeger each had 12 points. Megan Mattson wrapped up Hastings' scoring with five points.
Brake added another double-double, along with two assists and five steals. Carlson had three assists, two steals and three blocks, while Yaeger had eight rebounds and three assists.
The Raider girls had just one game this week, Tuesday, Jan. 10, at home against Hill-Murray.
Mallory Brake and Krystal Carlson were named to the All-Tournament team from the holiday tournament at St. Olaf College two weeks ago.