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Raptors fall to Lakeville South

East Ridge's Ellie Swanson and a Lakeville South opponent battle for a loose ball late in the first half Friday. Photo by John Molene1 / 4
Forward Chloe Stoehr of the Raptors looks for an opening in the Lakeville South defense in the second half. Photo by John Molene2 / 4
Center Kate Burns (35) of the Raptors goes up for a layup in the first half Friday. Photo by John Molene3 / 4
East Ridge sophomore guard Madalyn Slavin goes in for a layup in the second half against Lakeville South Friday. Photo by John Molene4 / 4

Lakeville South had a little too much of everything for the host East Ridge in a 62-33 girls' basketball decision Friday.

The Cougars slapped a full-court press on the inexperienced Raptors, which created a score of turnovers and led to easy baskets for the visitors. Even when the Raptors got the ball in the half court, the defensive-minded Cougars mostly forced bad shots.

The silver lining in the cloud for the East Ridge girls was that this was another small step in a series of getting better each night out this season. While Raptors coach Glen Wurm acknowledged the problems East Ridge faced, he was also optimistic about the team's progress.

"When we are able to take care of the ball and do the things that we emphasized, we're in the game, we're absolutely in the game," Wurm said. "Then when we get away from some of those things, when we start turning it over and we just kind of try and do a little bit too much at times, that's when I feel like we get in trouble. We over-dribble, we're trying to do too much instead of moving the ball and getting good passing and cutting.

"For us, from Tuesday night to tonight — light years apart," Wurm added. "Now the score doesn't indicate that, and we talked about that, but I thought we were much better executing the offense against a team that put a lot more pressure on us than the team we had Tuesday night. ... I think the girls are starting to see when you take care of the ball, and you move it, and you let your offense work for you a little bit — that's really what we're going to have to do, is let our offense work for us."

Lakeville South led 29-18 at the half and gradually extended its lead in the second half.

Junior guard Julia Burns led the Raptors with 10 points while senior forward Meaghan Rapp had six, Josie Dorf five and Madalyn Slavin four.

Offensively, Lakeville South got better shots than the Raptors and also nailed seven 3-pointers to just one for East Ridge.

Lakeville South improved to 2-0.

East Ridge, now 0-2 on the season, fell to Mahtomedi in its season opener Nov. 28, losing 77-45.

East Ridge hosts Edina (2-0) Tuesday, Dec. 5.