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Lady Raiders win two before non-league loss

 

Kayla St. Pierre maneuvers around a Tonasket defender Thursday. - Jacob Wagner photo

The Lady Raiders beat the Manson Trojans Dec. 13 before defeating the undefeated Tonasket Lady Tigers on Thursday to go 4-2 for the season before losing a non-league game at Okanogan.

Lake Roosevelt defeated the Trojans on their home court 40-30. LR Head Coach Wallace Pleasants attributed the win to "limiting turnovers and staying focused on the defensive end."

"It started out as a tight defensive game, and then we finally found our groove and started making a few things happen," Pleasants said.

Junior Kayla St. Pierre was the leading scorer against Manson, with 11 points.

On Thursday against Tonasket, the Lady Raiders maintained a slim lead over the undefeated Lady Tigers. The score was 29-26 at the half, 37-34 at the end of the third quarter, and 54-49 at the end of the game.

"It was a hard-fought game," Pleasants said. "We knew coming in that Tonasket was going to be tough. We got good effort from everybody who participated in the game. We played good defense throughout."

"We spend more time focusing on defense than we do offense," Pleasants continued. "We just go out and say, 'OK, you know what they're going to run; you've got to stop it.' That's just the way we roll. We try to go out and play hard and compete."

The Lady Raiders were happy to compete against a tough opponent like the Okanogan Bulldogs in a non-league game. The 72-30 loss doesn't count toward LR's in-league win-loss record.

"We just made it a point to make sure we competed," Pleasants said. "It's all about competing and the effort that you put into it, and we felt good coming out of that game."

Okanogan star player Jill Townsend is going to be playing basketball for the Gonzaga Bulldogs next year, and gave the Lady Raiders good competition, showing them "exactly how it should be done," according to Pleasants. "This game was a learning experience."

Christmas break will see the Lady Raiders participate in the non-league Eagles Holiday Classic at West Valley High School in Spokane. The girls face off against Bonners Ferry at 1:30 p.m., Dec. 27, and against Sandpoint at noon, Dec. 29.

The Lady Raiders' next league games take place on Jan. 3, in Bridgeport, and at home against Waterville on Saturday, Jan. 7, in the Raider gym in Coulee Dam.

Raiders 40 Trojans 30

Lady Raider Points

St. Pierre 11, Olbricht 10, Boyd 9, Pakootas 5, Adolph 4, Dick 1

Tigers 49 Raiders 54

Lady Raider Points

St. Pierre 13, Dick 12, Olbright 12, Boyd 6, Priest 5, Reyes 3, Hansen 2, Pakootas 1

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