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Lake Park-Audubon girls' b-ball ready to fill voids

So how do you replace two 1,000-point career scorers, thus leaving a gaping hole on the offensive side of the court?

You go with three players to fill it.

At least that's what Lake Park-Audubon head coach Andy Schwan hopes will happen with his 2008-09 Raider squad.

After losing Dawnelle Askelson to graduation and Ashley Tingelstad -- who transferred to East Grand Forks -- the Raiders will be looking to a trio of new faces to carry the team this season.

"We have three consistent scorers," Schwan said. "In the past, I called set plays for each of Dawnelle and Ashley and the other players were true role players.

"Now, we have a balanced team."

That's not saying it will be easy to digest losing well over 2,000 points Askelson and Tingelstad provided, but losing the duo is not an end all for the Raiders.

Freshman guard Andy Knudsvig is young, but experienced, after starting the majority of games last year.

She had a breakout game against Perham in 2007-08 with 17 points and will be looked upon to pick up her scoring this season.

Junior guard Christine McIntire gives the Raiders accurate shooting and the ability to penetrate the lane and already has a 19-point performance against Breckenridge this season.

Sophomore guard Kim Cigelske will be an offensive threat, as well, giving the Raiders three solid options.

"I won't have to worry about those triangle-and-two and box-and-one defenses we consistently saw last year," Schwan said. "This team has a lot of the same type of players and team chemistry is a strength this season."

Size will be a disadvantage for the Raiders, so an effective transition game will be key, as well as hustling for rebounds.

"We've been preaching about rebounding in practice," Schwan added. "We are a guard-oriented team, but they have the ability to box out and get it done."

Defensively, the Raiders will need to show some hard work ethic.

"Defense is about heart and desire," the LP-A coach said.

The road to the section playoffs will be a progression in improvement for a team which has one senior in Bobbi Krejce and two juniors -- McIntire and Sadie Nistler.

"We'll build up through the season and our goal is to be able to get to Concordia College (for the sub-section finals)," Schwan said. "We're going to have to work hard to do that."