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East Ridge girls basketball: Nine different players score as Raptors thump Hastings 72-46

It's been a season of streaks for the East Ridge girls basketball team.

The Raptors opened the season with six straight wins, before dropping three in a row before the holiday break.

With a Jan. 4, 72-46 Suburban East Conference victory over Hastings, East Ridge (7-3; 2-3 SEC) is hoping they started another streak. East Ridge led 43-24 at the half and never looked back in the 26 point win.

"Hastings played a few different zones, none which proved to be very effective as we made 13 3-point shots on the night with nine of those coming in the first half," East Ridge head coach Glen Wurm said. "We had great play from a lot of players."

East Ridge junior forward Jamie Swanson led the team with 20 points in the win, sinking six 3 pointers, while junior forward Sarah Griffith and senior forward Ellen Wiggins added 10 points each and Courtney Keefe chipped in eight points. In total, nine Raptors scored at least two points.

"Our top reserves played terrific tonight," Wurm said. "It was a convincing win in front of a great crowd at the Perch."

Hastings (3-7, 0-5 SEC) was led by sophomore guard Hanna Norman, who scored 17 points. Sophomore guard Lilly Arvidson added 10.

East Ridge still sits in seventh place in the conference, though. Roseville (11-1, 5-0 SEC), Woodbury (7-3, 4-1 SEC), Park (8-3, 4-1 SEC), Mounds View (7-6, 3-2 SEC), White Bear Lake (4-9, 3-2 SEC) and Forest Lake (9-3, 2-3 SEC) all sit above the Raptors in the standings.

East Ridge has a difficult week ahead, playing three road games. The Raptors traveled to play Forest Lake on Tuesday, after the Bulletin went to print, before traveling to play Mounds View on Thursday. On Saturday they travel to play section foe Apple Valley.

With a couple of wins, the Raptors would put themselves in the upper half of the conference.