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Women’s College Basketball: Bethel bombs CLC from long range

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Central Lakes College's Emilee White attempts a 3-pointer in the Raiders loss to Bethel JV Friday, Nov. 22, at Brainerd. Kelly Humphrey / Brainerd Dispatch

A close first quarter turned sideways in the second quarter in a 64-45 Central Lakes College loss to the Bethel JV in the Raiders Winter Invitational Friday, Nov 22.

Leading 15-12 after one quarter, the Royals went on a 27-8 second quarter run to open up a 42-20 halftime lead.

There were two key factors. The first was the 3-point shooting for Bethel, led by Sydney Blandin, who finished with 12 points. The Royals shot 50 percent from behind the arc in the second quarter with five made 3-pointers.

Central Lakes finished 0-5 from behind the arc in the second quarter and shot just 13 percent for the game.

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“I think our rotation was a little slow and it was kind of the first time we were running our zone and getting to know each other,” said Raiders head coach Brian Voigt. “That can take a little while to know who is supposed to be where. Bethel is a team that you want to watch over and over again because they move the ball the way it should be moved. They are a very well-tuned team.”

The second factor; defensive takeaways were a key driver for the Raiders’ offense last season leading to easy transition baskets. That number was reversed Friday with the Royals leading by a 16-2 margin in points off of turnovers.

Maggi Fellerman, a leading defender last year in the Raiders’ press, returned for her first game Friday night after the conclusion of the volleyball season. She was joined by Lillee Hardee, who tallied 14 points, and Hailey Tihlarik who also played their first game. Fellerman totaled eight points and one steal.

“Getting our legs back (for the volleyball players) will help in getting those tipped passes,” Voigt said. “As we keep getting in game shape that will come and then we can implement some of our other defenses. Once Maggi gets going and gets her confidence she is really tough on defense and there are not a lot of 6-foot guards that can do what she does.”

Paige Wallevand led the Raiders with 15 points and 10 rebounds. Her six first quarter points led the team, but CLC ran into problems protecting the basketball. Turnovers turned into a 15-12 Royals lead at the end of the first quarter.

A 13-point run for Bethel extended its lead to 22 points at the half.

It grew to 30 in the third quarter before the Raiders responded with a seven-point run on baskets from Hardee, Haley Youngbauer, Wallevand and Fellerman to cut the lead to 23 at the end of the third quarter.

An 11-4 run paced the Raiders to win the final quarter by a 10-6 margin, a positive take-away from the game.

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“There were spurts in the game tonight where we improved and we did win the second half,” Voigt said. “We have the habit this year of taking a quarter off and as soon as we don’t do that the games will be a lot different. Maybe I need to call more timeouts, but we needed to see what we are made of.”

For more photos, go to https://bit.ly/35plZ9I .

Bethel 15 27 16 6 -- 64
Central Lakes 12 8 15 10 -- 45

BETHEL
Sydney Blanton 12, Mackenzie Novak 3, Lisa Hofer 7, Hannah Rogers 3, Allison Eide 2, Jennifer Hicks 10, Megan Boegel 5, Ally Crymble 2, Lindsey Tschetter 8, Kiki Erickson 12. FG 26-64 (41 percent), FT 3-5 (60 percent). 3-point 9-24 (38 percent).

CENTRAL LAKES
Haley Youngbauer 6, Emilie White 2, Lillee Hardee 14, Paige Wallevand 15, Maggi Fellerman 8. FG 18-58 (31 percent), FT 7-10 (70 percent). 3-point 2-15 (13 percent).

Bethel 64, Central Lakes 45

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Key: Bethel’s 3-point shooting in second quarter

Overall: CLC 0-3

Next: Central Lakes hosts Riverland 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23

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