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Raider girls get first win of the season

Sam Dahlgren brings the ball up guarded by Rothsay’s Samantha Lankow during Saturday’s Raider victory. Robert Williams/DL Newspapers

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. 

Raider results

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

Robert Williams

Sports Editor at the Detroit Lakes Tribune. Williams worked prior as the Sports Editor in Perham for the Focus, a Forum Communications newspaper, from 2010-14. 

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