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East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors drop two SEC games, fall to 7-8 overall

The East Ridge girls basketball team's tough schedule continued last week, and unfortunately for the Raptors, it ended with two more losses.

On Jan. 15, the Raptors hosted a tough Roseville team and lost 51-38 in the Suburban East Conference tilt.

No player from Roseville (15-1, 8-0 SEC) stole the show, but in all eight players scored, with six scoring five or more points. Senior forward Larissa Graham led the way with 11 points.

Junior forward Jamie Swanson led the Raptors with 16 points while senior guard Hannah Pignato added eight.

"We had a tough time scoring against them. Thirty-eight points is simply not enough," said head coach Glen Wurm. "Both teams shot 37 percent from the field, but their offensive rebounds and second chances was the difference in the game and based on the score, you can see it was a significant difference."

On Friday, East Ridge (7-8, 2-7 SEC) traveled to play Cretin-Derham Hall (6-10, 3-6 SEC) and fell 58-43.

Junior forward Jordan Alt led Cretin with 20 points, while freshman guard Jackie Radford added 12.

Swanson again stepped up for East Ridge, scoring 21 points. Only five Raptors scored and only Swanson scored more than 10 points.

"We simply need to make more basketball plays in these games," Wurm said. "Anytime teams decide to trap, we need to read the defense, find the open teammate, attack and score. We failed to do that. We are significantly undersized against them too, which showed."

The Raptors will try to get back on track this week. On Jan. 22, after the Bulletin went to print, they traveled to play Stillwater and on Jan. 25, they will host rival Park.

East Ridge sits in eighth place in the Suburban East Conference, above Stillwater (4-12, 1-8 SEC) and Hastings (3-12, 0-9 SEC).