East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors run to 6-1The East Ridge girls basketball team saw its undefeated season end late last week, but not before it earned another big win.
By: Kyle Ratke, South Washington County Bulletin
The East Ridge girls basketball team saw its undefeated season end late last week, but not before it earned another big win.
On Tuesday, the Raptors defeated Suburban East Conference foe Stillwater 53-37 at home.
Raptors’ senior guard Hannah Pignato led the way for East Ridge, scoring 16 points and finishing with eight rebounds. Junior Jamie Swanson added 13 points as well on 6-of-10 shooting. In addition, sophomore guard Amanda Robinson scored 10 points and led the team with five assists.
Not one player on Stillwater (2-4, 0-2 SEC) scored in double-digits.
Friday’s game, however, was a different story for the Raptors (6-1, 1-1 SEC).
After leading 29-26 at halftime against intra-district rival Park (5-2, 1-1 SEC) on the road, the Raptors were outscored 41-19 in the second half and the Wolfpack ended up winning the game 67-48.
East Ridge was unable to stop Park senior guard Larissa Lurken, who scored 28 points for the Wolfpack, to lead all scorers in the game. Junior guard Sydney Lamberty also added 17 points for Park.
Swanson led the way for East Ridge scoring 15 points. Pignato and Robinson scored 12 and 10 points, respectively.
“We executed well and knocked down four 3-point shots in the first half,” said East Ridge head coach Glen Wurm. “Defensively, we held up okay in the first half, but the second half we struggled rebounding the ball. That is the challenge that presents itself vs. Park because we have to emphasize helping so much on Larissa Lurken and Sydney Lamberty. That leaves the other players open for a lot of scoring chances, particularly offensive rebounds.”
The Raptors hope to get back on track this week. On Tuesday they hosted White Bear Lake (0-7, 0-2) and on Friday they travel to play another big rival, Woodbury (4-2, 1-1).
“The loss just reinforces what we already know we need to work on. We’re not going to get too high after a few wins or too low after a loss,” Wurm said. “It reminds us how important our team chemistry and ‘having each other’s back’ is during the challenging times.”