Raiders down Simley in low-scoring affair
The Raiders girls' basketball team notched a solid conference win against Hill-Murray in their lone action of the week. Hastings beat the Pioneers by 16, 45-29, in a game where both teams played good defense in the first half and struggled to score. The Raiders led 18-8 at halftime before both teams stepped up their offense, but Hill-Murray was not able to close the gap. Hastings improves to 6-8 overall and is still undefeated in the Metro East Conference, sitting alone atop the conference standings at 3-0.
Head coach Padrick Judd said that both teams showed off their defensive prowess.
"The game was well-played defensively by both teams," Judd explained. "We had key players to shut down and we did that. They took away our inside game pretty well. Both teams strive to play good defense and that was what you saw tonight."
Strong defensive performances aside, this was the third game in a row that the Raiders were not able to score 50 points or more. Judd said the Raiders would continue to work on their offense but did not point out any specific areas that needed addressing.
"Offensively it is a combination of things," Judd said. "We will get back to work on that this week and hopefully have better results on offense next week."
Hastings was once again led by Mallory Brake, Krystal Carlson and Haylee Yaeger. Brake and Carlson both had double-doubles and all three scored in double-figures. Brake finished with a team-high 13 points, 12 rebounds and four blocks, assists and steals. Carlson had 10 points and led the team with 16 rebounds, along with three steals, two assists and a block. Yaeger added 10 points, seven rebounds and two assists. Megan Mattson had seven points, Lauren Jackson and Megan Tietjen had two and Hayley Kazmierczak had one point.
The Raiders have three home games in a row coming up. They hosted North St. Paul on Tuesday, Jan. 17, then Tartan comes to Hastings on Thursday, Jan. 19. The following Tuesday, Jan. 24, Mahtomedi comes to town.