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Raiders’ girls basketball season ends in section opener

The youthful Hastings girls basketball team had hopes of a major upset in the opening round of the Section 1AAAA tournament, but top-seeded Lakeville North stood its ground.

Hastings, seeded eighth in the eight-team section, battled Lakeville North to a 34-24 first half of the playoff opener on Wednesday, March 5, in Lakeville. However, in the second half, the Panthers – ranked eighth in the most recent Class AAAA state poll – turned it up, outscoring the Raiders 41-10 after the break in a 75-34 win.

Sophomore guard Sam Schorzman led the way for Hastings (2-24) in the loss with a game-high 17 points, but was the only Raiders player in double figures. Hastings junior guard Hanna Norman chipped in seven points.

Twelve different players scored for Lakeville North (19-9), led by 11 points from Temi Carda.

On the year, Norman led the team in scoring during the regular season with 11.2 points per game, followed by Schorzman at 8.8 points per game.

Hastings had 14 players that were underclassmen (juniors, sophomores and freshmen) on the roster this season. Hastings, however, now must say good-bye to three seniors – Grace Daggett, Kayla Denault and Jen Schutt.

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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