Raptors, Eagles all fall on Friday
It was a rough night for basketball teams on Bailey Road with both the girls and boys clubs from East Ridge High School were toppled, as the New Life Academy boys also lost on Friday.
ERHS Boys Hoop
The first game of back-to-back matchups against ranked teams did not go so well for the East Ridge boys as Cretin-Derham Hall, ranked sixth in Class AAAA, hung an 89-54 loss on the host Raptors.
The Raiders were simply too much for the first-year outfit, outscoring their hosts, 50-27, at the break on their way to winning by 35 points. John Hietpas led ERHS in scoring with 16 points in the defeat that dropped the Raptors to 5-8 overall and 1-4 in the Suburban East Conference standings.
East Ridge, losers of four straight, is tied with neighboring Woodbury for second-to-last place in the league. The two teams face each other on Jan. 29. Next for the Raptors, however, is a trip to face No. 7-ranked Stillwater next Tuesday.
ERHS Girls Hoop
The prospect of a winless season in SEC play is becoming ever more likely for the East Ridge girls as the Raptors again fell to a lower-division conference squad in a 50-32 setback at Cretin.
The Raiders entered the contest with just one win in league play, but held the inaugural ERHS club at arm's length throughout -- leading by seven at the break before cruising to the 18-point victory.
Brianna Walker led the Raptors with 12 points while Katie Hagberg contributed 11 points in the defeat that dropped East Ridge to 2-12 overall and 0-7 in the SEC.
NLA Boys Hoop
The New Life Academy boys cagers came up on the short end of a 93-61 decision to Minnesota Transitions School out of South Minneapolis, the second-ranked team in Class A.
MTS ended the past two Eagles seasons in sectional play and was the superior squad in this mid-season non-conference tilt, taking a 50-29 halftime lead en route to the 32-point victory. Forward Kory Kiekhofer led NLA with 29 points in the loss that dropped the Eagles to 4-7 on the year heading into another non-conference game at Carlton on Saturday.