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East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors earn record 11th win of year

The East Ridge girls basketball team had arguably its best week of the season, finishing with two wins -- including one where the Raptors scored their season-high in points -- on back-to-back nights.

On Friday, the Raptors traveled to Hastings and won the Suburban East Conference showdown by a score of 42-37.

Despite senior guard Nicole Hollar scoring a game-high 15 points for Hastings (4-17; 0-4 SEC), the Raptors had a more balanced attack with eight players from East Ridge scoring.

Junior forward Jamie Swanson finished with 14 points for the Raptors.

It was the first game for East Ridge since Feb. 2.

"We looked like we lost a bit of our competitive edge after not playing for six days," said head coach Glen Wurm. "We were glad to have the time off to recharge physically and mentally and were fortunate to win after shooting very poorly.

The big night for East Ridge, though, was on Saturday as it defeated Mahtomedi 78-33. Previous to that, the most points the Raptors had scored was 67, which happened during the first game of the season in a win against Burnsville.

Swanson was the star again, something that has become almost a certainty. She finished with a game-high 25 points off of five 3-pointers. Twenty-three of those points came before the break.

Swanson has made 76 3-pointers this season, good for second in the state.

Senior guard Brianna Walker also added 10.

Senior forward Tara Langmade led Mahtomedi with 10 points.

Mahtomedi (4-17, 3-8 in Classic Suburban play) was without sophomore forward Ali Greene who leads the team with 18 points per game due to illness, as well as junior forward Katie Lindquist who was out with an injury.

"Our competitive edge came back as we dominated a short-handed Mahtomedi team," Wurm said. "We applied a full-court press that proved to be too much for Mahtomedi."

The 11 wins for East Ridge (11-11, 4-10 SEC), is the highest the Raptors have had in their history.

The Raptors will have a chance to build on that total, though as they still have four remaining games.

On Tuesday, the Raptors played Forest Lake (16-6, 8-6 SEC) after the Bulletin went to print. Thursday, East Ridge will host Mounds View (11-11, 7-7 SEC). East Ridge lost to both teams earlier this season. Both games will be played at 7:15 p.m.

East Ridge sits in eighth place in the conference, 10 games behind first place Roseville (21-1, 14-0).