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Lady Raiders split first two games of districts

 

Lachelle Bearcub gets ready to shoot.

The Lady Raiders vanquished a foe in the final seconds of a playoff game in East Wenatchee last Wednesday, earning the right to face an unbeaten team who would best them by a greater margin on Saturday.

The Lady Raiders are still in the District Tournament, with a game tomorrow against Tonasket at 7:45 p.m. in the Eastmont High School Gym. If the Lady Raiders win it, they get to play on Saturday in a game to determine third and fourth place in the District 5/6 Tournament.

"This was a productive week, as for getting things done and prepping for the games we had," Head Coach Wallace Pleasants said.

The Lady Raiders prevailed over the Waterville-Mansfield Shockers in the low-scoring game last Wednesday, prevailing over a team that had beaten them by more than 20 points at their last meeting.

The Shockers had trouble making shots, but the Lady Raiders also struggled on offense. W-M made a run and gained a two-point edge by halftime. Then the Lady Raiders came back and the Shockers' shooting struggles returned.

With 3.3 seconds left in the game, Joceyln Moore drew a foul under the basket, with Lake Roosevelt down by one. She sunk both free throws and LR came away with the victory 37-36.

"The Waterville game was a big one for us for a number of reasons, but mainly because they beat us handily in their gym some weeks back," Pleasants said. "In the Waterville game, Lachelle Bearcub led us in scoring with 11 points, followed by Mariah Boyd's eight, to lead a pretty balanced scoring for us."

Kayla St. Pierre drives to the hoop.

But the win set Lake Roosevelt up against the top team in the state for the next game last Saturday: the Okanogan Bulldogs. As in the other two games these two squads had played this season, the Bulldogs jumped out ahead big by halftime. In the second half the Lady Raiders began to score, but in the end the Bulldogs commanded their 71-32 win.

The Lady Raiders have to win tomorrow if they want a shot at making the regional tournament. If they defeat Tonasket, the third/fourth game will be on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Eastmont High School Gym against the winner of the Waterville-Mansfield game against Brewster.

vs Waterville-Mansfield

1 2 3 4 Final

LR 11 6 6 14 37

W-M 7 8 10 11 36

scoring totals

Bearcub 11, Boyd 8, Moore 6, Battise 4, Dick 3, St. Pierre 3, Olbrecht 2, and Adolph 0

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