Basketball: Boys beat rival Park, girls still in search of first win
The Hastings boys' basketball team used a strong second half and two stellar performances from seniors Matt Schlottman and Isaac Rabey in an 85-69 over the Wolfpack in their home opener.
Hastings led 35-31 at halftime and then scored 50 second-half points to secure the victory.
Schlottman led the team with 26 points—most of which came from 3-point range—and Rabaey once again dominated down low with 25 points. Fellow senior Brian Nielsen and junior Dylan Wagner each added 10 points, while juniors Colby Zak and Trey Swanson each had five. Eight different Raider plays scored in the win and Hastings' defense held Park senior Charlie Gorres—who is going on to play Division II basketball at the University of Minnesota-Duluth—to just 17 points.
Hastings hosted Eagan on Tuesday, Dec. 11, and then goes to Eastview on Friday, Dec. 14.
Hastings girls in search of first win
The Raiders girls' basketball team continues their quest for their first win of the season after falling at Eagan on Tuesday night, the last of a four-game, non-conference road trip. Hastings lost to the Wildcats 50-46. After trailing 25-18 at halftime, the Raiders made a comeback in the second half by outscoring the Eagan 28-25 but fell just short.
Junior Mallory Brake led Hastings with 21 points while freshman Lilly Nuytten added 11. Sophomore Shea Levos had five points and senior Megan Mattson, eighth-grader Ashley Fritz and junior Emily Biscoe all contributed three points each.
On Thursday they hosted Minneapolis South and fell 76-52. The Raiders scored just 19 first-half points and trailed 38-19 at halftime. The second half was more even but South outscored Hastings 38-33 to win by 24. Brake scored 26 points but no other Raider was in double figures. Freshman Maggie Schlottman had six points, Levos five, Nuytten four and freshman Olivia Lussier three. Senior Megan Tietjen, Fritz and Mattson all had a basket each.
Hastings hosts St. Croix Lutheran on Friday, Dec. 14.