By SHELLY SUMMER
Turnovers cost the Central Lakes College Raiders the game as they were defeated 64-44 by the Anoka-Ramsey Rams in a Southern Division game Saturday.
It was the Raiders’ fourth consecutive loss, and also their second loss to the Rams this season. Anoka-Ramsey, the division leader and ranked No. 1 in NJCAA Division III, beat CLC 74-36 at Anoka in January.
It was a point-for-point game the first half with the Raiders close on the heels of the Rams thanks to CLC’s 75-percent free throw efficiency, but the Rams scored 15 points off of turnovers, putting them in the lead.
“At halftime we were down by four points. I told ‘em that the first five minutes of the second half were very important and our first nine possessions, we had seven turnovers,” said Raiders coach Dennis Eastman. “The good thing about it is that they were turning the ball over a lot too.”
Lindsay Roos scored seven points for CLC in the first half, and finished with 15 points and eight rebounds.
“We worked a lot this week on keeping our composure and staying calm during the game and I think that helped a lot,” said Roos. “They are the No. 1 team in the nation, and we knew the worst outcome would only be a loss so we tried out hardest.”
The Rams pulled ahead in the second half with a 14-point lead, and maintained it as they scored 18 points off of CLC turnovers.
“Sometimes when you play the No. 1 team in the nation you may get intimidated but they didn’t. We just had too many turnovers,” said Eastman. “Turnovers killed us. This was a very athletic, aggressive team and we handled them well in the first half, not so well in the second. They wore on us until they broke us in the second half.”
Maria Loughlin led the Rams with 18 points.
“We played much better defensively than offensively in the first half and we wanted to combine those to get better,” said Rams coach David DeWitt. “We try not to focus on the scoreboard; it’s not about who we’re playing, but how we’re playing.
“Our trademark is pressure defense, we create offense from our defense. CLC played us tough. We wore them down, but they came ready to play.”
Anoka-Ramsey 31 33 - 64
Central Lakes 27 17 - 44
Erica Parker 3, Cami Bauer 4, Maria Loughlin 18, Breanna Hooker 4, Capreice Ogris 13, Tamarra Shorter 17, Allison Ballstadt 1, Tracy McGregor 4. FG 21-55 (38 percent), FT 15-20 (75 percent), 3-point 7-26 (27 percent).
Lindsey Roos 15, Lena Montano 4, Elizabeth Johnson 3, Nikki Pearson 5, Elizabeth Mattson 6, Emily Weber 2, Jalynn Lamb 6, Caitlin Robinson 3. FG 18-42 (42 percent), FT 6-15 (40 percent), 3-point 2-9 (22 percent). Division: 2-7. Overall: 8-14. Next: host Minnesota West 1 p.m. Saturday.