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Girls basketball campaigns get underway

Hannah Pignato, a freshman guard for the East Ridge girls basketball team, hustles the ball upcourt during the Raptors' 73-32 loss to Menomonie on Tuesday night. It was the inaugural game for the ERHS girls hoop program. Staff Photo by Tom Carothers.

The 2009-10 girls basketball season commenced with each of the three Woodbury-area teams in action on the hardcourt.

While defending sectional champion New Life Academy and Woodbury High School each opened with road wins in the south of the state, East Ridge High School met with a rude Wisconsin visitor in its inaugural game in the Perch.

ERHS Girls Hoop

Menomonie rolled in from across the border to help inaugurate the Raptor girls initial campaign, yet would prove to be less than gracious on the ERHS home floor.

The Indians rolled to a quick 44-13 halftime lead and had little trouble over the second half in posting a 73-32 victory over the fledgling East Ridge squad.

Sophomore forward Katie Hagberg led ERHS with 13 points and eight rebounds, while guard Hannah Pignato dished out a team-high three assists and two steals.

The Raptors head west this weekend for a two-game set at the Henry Sibley Tournament in West St. Paul.

WHS Girls Hoop

It was a considerably different story for Woodbury's elder high school squad as the Royals brought down the Rockets with a 73-35 victory at Rochester John Marshall.

"After the first 10 minutes the girls turned up the defensive pressure

and earned numerous steals or possessions off turnovers," coach Dave Preller said.

All 17 WHS players saw court time, with 11 scoring, led by forward Mary Kroening who logged 16 points and 10 rebounds. Freshman guard Kristina White notched 15 points and six steals.

The Royals remain on the road this weekend, yet do return to the metro with a trip to Hopkins for the Breakdown Girls Tip-Off Classic. Woodbury plays Minnetonka on Saturday evening.

NLA Girls Hoop

The New Life Academy girls hoopsters made their way down Interstate 35 for a date at Bethlehem Academy in Faribault, and the trip paid off in a 47-39 victory for the Eagles.

Coach Paul Mork's club was knotted with its hosts 20-20 at the break, but pulled away in the second half thanks to 23 points from forward Cara Lutes and 18 from her frontcourt mate, Rebekah Schmidt.

New Life hosts Minneapolis Roosevelt on Thursday on the Curt Wetsel Court at NLA.