The shorthanded Central Lakes Raiders women’s basketball team fell to the No. 7 ranked Anoka-Ramsey Rams 81-50 in their season opener Wednesday, Nov. 13.
With three players out for volleyball and one player out the injury, the Raiders had only seven players available for their home opener. It quickly went down to six as starter Katie Johnson left the game in the first half with a lower body injury.
“When we have good teams here and other teams are two-way players and we are missing a few for volleyball and hopefully they can compete for a national title, but we played tough,” Raiders coach Brian Voigt said. “We went hard. We just did not have the subs to relieve them for going hard and that takes a toll on them and then when one goes to injury -- who you are expecting big things from -- it makes it a little tougher.
Anoka-Ramsey 81, CLC 50
Key: Rams full-court press forced the Raiders into a lot of turnovers as the shorthanded Raiders had no answer.
Overall: CLC 0-1, AR 3-0.
Next: CLC at St. Cloud Technical & Community College 5:45 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
“There was definitely spurts, which is what we need so when we get back to full strength it should be pretty fun.”
The Rams full-court pressed the Raiders most of the game and forced them into 17 turnovers, which fueled the Rams offense.
The Rams defense suffocated the Raiders into four points in the first quarter and they led 21-4 after one.
“All it is, is man to man pressure,” Rams head coach Dave DeWitt said. “That’s what we are going to do. We are athletic and we know we have six kids back from last year’s team and I have never had that many kids back. So they have been in the system and they know how we want to play and that’s huge.”
Paige Wallevand was one of the lone bright spots for the Raiders. She played all 40 minutes and tallied a game-high 20 points and 16 rebounds to pace the Raider offense.
“She’s a staple for us,” Voigt said. “She can play a guard spot -- she was bringing the ball up the floor a lot because of the press. She can go down low. She’s one of the top players and it’s definitely going to be the offense going through her and it opens up her shots when we go inside to her, but she also has good vision to see and make sure we get good open shots.”
Kali Mammenga scored 14 points and grabbed six rebounds. Haley Youngbauer played all 40 minutes and tallied seven points on 2-7 shooting.
The Rams were led by guards Raiyne Adams, who scored 15 points, and Ariana Owens who poured in 19. Owens rained in five threes as the Rams shot a whopping 47 3-pointers only making 11.
Run and gun is a style DeWitt is committed to playing despite the poor shooting tonight in their first road game.
“The game before this we made 27 threes,” DeWitt said. “Tonight we made only 11 so we did not shoot it very well, but despite that we still scored 81 points. That’s how we are going to play. We are going to play fast and get up tempo, we got athletes. I thought Central Lakes did a good job of staying in there despite being undermanned with their volleyball team.”
Voigt realizes his team was undermanned, but still thinks playing a team nationally ranked gives them something to build on early in the season.
“Confidence is the biggest thing that we lacked a little bit,” Voigt said. “It’s not high school and you get out here and there’s a lot more pressure and every team here is taking the top players for the area high schools and you bring them in and there’s going to be pressure to be able to play defense. So being able to be confident and play the game that our players are capable of playing.”
For more photos, go to https://bit.ly/2NOBl1H.
Anoka-Ramsey 21 19 24 17 -- 81
Central Lakes 4 14 14 16 -- 50
Raiyne Adams 15, Ariana Owens 19, Bonita Franco 5, Adaya Sandifer 6, Adlandus Montgomery 4, Hailey Babcock 4, Chloe Vezies 3, Charo Nickens 4, Shawna Yackel , Madi Peschl 7, Piper Flemming 5, Abby Howe 9. FG 31-78 (40 percent), FT 8-11 (73 percent). 3-point 11-47 (23 percent).
Haley Youngbauer 7, Emilie White 4, Megan Lanhart 5, Paige Wallevand 20, Kali Mammenga 14. FG 16-52 (31 percent), FT 15-22 (68 percent). 3-point 3-16 (19 percent).
CONRAD ENGSTROM may be reached at 218-855-5861 or email@example.com. Follow on Twitter at www.twitter.com/the_rad34.