Raider girls get first win of the season
An inevitable victory was at stake Saturday between 0-9 Rothsay and 0-8 Lake Park-Audubon in the opening game of a basketball doubleheader.
The sharpest shooting night of the season helped the host Raiders to a 48-32 win over the Tigers.
“Finally,” Raiders’ head coach Brad Dunham said. “If we could shoot like that every night we’d string a few wins together.”
Dunham’s team has struggled this season after having to replace the entire starting lineup from last year.
It takes a while to get up to speed and the Raider girls took a big step getting into the win column.
Laina Nelson got the Raiders jump started in the first half draining five three-point baskets scoring all 15 of her game-high points in the opening 18 minutes to stake LPA to a 30-20 halftime lead.
Megan Hilfer added eight of her 12 points in the first half.
The Raiders built on their halftime advantage to a 13-point lead on a basket by Sam Dahlgren.
Rothsay cut the lead to nine points with 5:25 to play but would get no closer as the Raiders closed out the game extending the lead to 14 points as Dahlgren scored with 2:00 left in the game.
LPA turned up the defense late holidng Rothsay scoreless for the final two and a half minutes.
Dahlgren finished with eight points. Cassidy Homstrom scored eight, also. Jessie Swegarden finished with five points.
Samantha Lankow led Rothsay scoring 13 points.
The Lake Park-Audubon basketball teams had a "Teal Out" night for Cancer Awareness during Saturday's games. Players and coaching staffs donned teal accents to their uniforms and clothing and helped raise money for a local resident and mother of two basketball players, who was recently diagnosed with the disease, during the games.
Rothsay at Lake Park-Audubon
RTH 20 12 — 32
LPA 30 18 — 48
RTH: S. Lankow 13, A. Larson 2, C. Lankow 2, L. Lankow 4, Buckingham 2, Honer 3, K. Larson 6
LPA: Swegarden 5, Hilfer 12, Dahlgren 8, Nelson 15, Holmstrom 8