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East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors look to finish 2012-13 regular season strong

The East Ridge girls basketball team had two home games over the last week and there was optimism that the Raptors could finish the season strong.

Unfortunately for Glen Wurm's squad, that wasn't the case.

East Ridge lost 59-41 on Feb. 12 to Forest Lake and again on Friday, Feb. 15, to Mounds View.

Wurm said his players showed up with "little fight" in them against Forest Lake, allowing the bigger, more athletic team to prevail.

"We didn't compete hard enough to even give ourselves a chance," he said.

It was a pretty balanced attack for Forest Lake. Junior forward Bailey Norby led her team with 14 points, while junior forward Anna Eckert and senior guard Angie Frericks added 10 apiece.

In total, 10 players from Forest Lake scored.

As she's done all season long, junior forward Jamie Swanson led her team with 14 points. No other player finished with more than 10 points for the Raptors.

Friday, Feb. 15, was a rough night for the Raptors (11-13, 4-12 in Suburban East play) where they fell 80-50 to Mounds View (13-11, 9-7).

Senior guard Katie McDaniels led the way for Mounds View with 19 points. Sophomore guard Jacky Volkert scored 18, while junior guard Erika Johnson added 11.

Swanson uncharacteristically did not hit the double-digits. Senior guards Courtney Keefe and Hannah Pignato scored 14 points apiece to lead the Raptors.

Wurm said bad decisions and ball control undermined the Raptors' chances against the Mustangs.

"You can't win when you turn the ball over like we did," he said. "We simply need to play better, more consistent basketball."

There are just two remaining games for the Raptors. On Tuesday, they traveled to Roseville (22-2, 15-1) after the Bulletin went to press. On Friday East Ridge plays host to Cretin-Derham Hall (8-16, 5-11) at 7:15 p.m.

East Ridge finds itself near the bottom of the conference, sitting in eighth place. A win Friday could put the Raptors into a tie for seventh with Cretin.

--Kyle Ratke