Sophomore Mallory Brake reached 1,000 points last Tuesday, Dec. 5, in Hastings' win over Eagan.
Brake, having played varsity since seventh grade, need 23 points to hit 1,000 on the nose headed into the game against Eagan. She reached the mark with a free throw in the second half and the game was halted to recognize here achievement. Brake is the seventh girls basketball player in Hastings history to score 1,000 points or more and is the 15th between the boys and girls programs combined to do so.
She was honored prior to the Raiders' home game against East Ridge on Saturday, Dec. 9. Head coach Padrick Judd presented her with a commemorative basketball and Brake took pictures with Judd and her family during the ceremony. She needs 18 points against Hudson on Friday, Dec. 15, to become sixth all time for the girls' program. Brake's teammate, senior Krystal Carlson, is Hastings' current all-time leading scorer for both boys and girls with almost 1,800 points and counting.
"Her hard work, ever since I've known her in sixth grade, is paying off now as she's played four years at the varsity level," Judd said about Brake. "The game has slowed down so much for her, it's easy for her to know where to be and she sees things happening before they happen. So that helps with the scoring process, but if you look at how she got a lot of her points tonight (against East Ridge) it was on the offensive glass and getting in there to make a hustle play to get the ball."
Raiders route Eagan and East Ridge
Hastings came away with two blowout victories last week over Eagan and East Ridge. The Raiders beat Eagan 70-32 at home and then four days later defeated East Ridge 54-17 at home as well.
They led Eagan 31-20 at halftime but then absolutely stifled the Wildcats in the second half, giving up just 12 points to make the game a route. The Raiders shot the ball very well and were led by Krystal Carlson and Brake, both of whom compiled double-doubles. Krystal Carlson had 26 points, 13 rebounds, six steals and two assists while Brake had 23 points, 17 rebounds, three steals, two assists and a block. Senior Cecilia Carlson added six points and fellow senior Caprice van den Assem contributed five.
It is difficult to write about their win over East Ridge as it was so one-sided. The Raiders forced turnover after turnover, scored much of their points in transition and played fantastic defense in the halfcourt. East Ridge was unable to do anything offensively or slow down Hastings, the result of which was the Raiders leading 33-4 at halftime, effectively ending the game right then. While the Raptors were slightly more competitive in the second half, it was way too little too late and Hastings won by 37.
Brake led both teams in scoring with 20 points to go along with 15 rebounds, four blocks, two assists and two steals. Krystal Carlson struggled to shoot a bit in the first half but got going in the second to finish with 19 points, six rebounds, five steals, a block and two assists. Van den Assem was tough in the post with seven points and six rebounds, while Cecilia Carlson, junior Megan Tietjen, senior Katie Notch and eighth-grader Lilly Nuytten each had two points.
Through their first four games, Hastings is holding their opponents to an average of just over 30 points per game and their average margin of victory is over 31 points a game.
"We're just getting after it," Judd said. "Obviously when we scout, we know exactly what we want to focus on when we play each team. East Ridge has a pretty good inside presence, we just kept the ball out of her hands and every time she got it, it was a double-team here and there on her. Credit to our defense in not giving them a lot of open shots throughout the game. They're staying active, they're communicating and they keep getting better every game."
Hastings has just one came this week, they host Hudson (Wis.) on Friday, Dec. 15.