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East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors' season ends in section opener

The season came to an end for senior Hannah Pignato and the East Ridge girls basketball team last week.

The season has come to an end for the East Ridge girls basketball team as the Raptors fell in the first round of the Section 3AAAA tournament to Eagan 53-33 on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

It was a heartbreaking loss, considering the No. 5 seeded Raptors led 22-17 at halftime, but No. 4 seed Eagan (13-13; 7-11 in South Suburban play) was able to dominate East Ridge in the second half.

Senior guard Bryn Parsons finished with a game-high 23 points leading Eagan, while junior forward Kelli Wickard finished with 12 points.

Junior forward Jamie Swanson finished with 14 points, connecting on two 3-pointers, to lead the Raptors (12-14; 5-13 in Suburban East Conference play).

The 12 wins this season was a school-record for the Raptors and, individually, Swanson finished with 79 3-pointers on the season, ranking third in the state. She averaged a team-high 16.4 points per game. Senior guard Hannah Pignato was second on the team with 9.5 points per game.

The Raptors finished in seventh place in the conference. Roseville (24-2; 17-1) won the conference.