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Women's College Basketball: Pioneers outscore Raiders in home finale

Tanisha Beetso and Aleia Lupa played their last home game and both turned in solid efforts as the Central Lakes College Raiders played well in the first half before losing to Northland 66-49 Saturday.

Tanisha Beetso and Aleia Lupa played their last home game and both turned in solid efforts as the Central Lakes College Raiders played well in the first half before losing to Northland 66-49 Saturday.

Beetso led the Raiders with 14 points while Lupa scored 12 points and swiped six steals. Those two, along with Taylor King, who has been injured for most of the season, were honored in a pre-game ceremony.

The Raiders lost to the Pioneers, who are ranked ninth in the NJCAA Division III poll, 71-61 at Thief River Falls Jan. 31. Northland came into the game in a three-way fight for the top spot in the division with Rainy River and Hibbing.

CLC got off to a good start in the first half by playing good interior defense, and it was 16 points, along with four three-pointers, from the Pioneers' Emily Anderson that gave Northland a two-point lead at the half.

Lupa and Sam Schimpp went 2-2 from behind the arc to boost the Raiders' offense in the first half.

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The key to the game was early in the third quarter as the Pioneers held CLC scoreless for the first five minutes of the quarter and went on a 7-0 run to lead 49-39 at the end of the third quarter. Northland tightened its defense in the fourth quarter and the Raiders weren't able to cut into the lead.

"The second half got away from us a bit, but there was no quit in our kids," said CLC head coach Randy Swanhorst. "We played a very good basketball team today and we showed what we could do in the first half. There were a lot of little correctable things in the second half that we did, but we are not far from being where we want to be."

The Raiders have just one game this week but it is a big one as they close the regular season at Hibbing against the Cardinals who are riding an eight-game win streak.

"Our destiny is still in our hands," Swanhorst said. "Even if we don't get the win at Hibbing, there is still a chance at a play-in game, but we want to control our own destiny and go out next Saturday and take care of that. The beauty of one game next week is that we are banged up so we will be able to ease into the week a bit."

Northland 17 14 18 17 - 66

Central Lakes 15 14 10 10 - 49

NORTHLAND

Emily Hestekind 2, Megan Swedberg 6, Kelsey Kainz 2, Ashley Moe 4, Emily Anderson 19, Madison Stenzel 19, Brooke Heggie 14. FG 26-51 (51 percent), FT 6-7 (86 percent). 3-point 8-17 (47 percent).

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CENTRAL LAKES

Aleia Lupa 12, Amber Robben 2, Sam Schimpp 8, Tanisha Beetso 14, Liz Anderson 8, Naomi Lane 5. FG 17-51 (33 percent), FT 11-14 (79 percent). 3-point 4-15 (27 percent). Division: 5-6. Overall: 13-10. Next: at Hibbing 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

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