The Central Lakes College Raiders ended their season with a strong effort Saturday, but were done in by turnovers in a 71-58 loss to Rochester in a Southern Division game.
CLC ended with a 2-10 mark in division play and an were 8-17 overall.
Nikki Pearson led CLC with 24 points, and Jalynn Lamb finished with 16. The Raiders received scoring from just six players, and were outscored 27-7 in bench points.
The Yellowjackets finished with a 9-2 record and swept CLC, winning 72-42 earlier in February.
After trailing 4-0, the Raiders came back and claimed an 8-7 lead on two free throws from Lamb. The Yellowjackets went on a run and led 19-10 at the 11:22 mark of the first.
Pearson scored the next six points, and six more from Lamb gave the Raiders a 26-24 lead and CLC led 35-34 at the half.
“We went into the game thinking we have nothing to lose so why not go out with a bang and try to leave on a good note for the sophomores,” said Pearson.
In the second half, neither team led by more than three points, and the Raiders tied the game at 55 on a 3-pointer from Caitlin Robinson with 5:44 left.
It was CLC’s last field goal as the Yellowjackets went on a 16-3 run to finish the game.
Rochester led 19-11 in points off of turnovers with a number of those coming in the last five minutes.
“This is the closest team that I have ever played on,” Pearson said. “It can be bad because we yell at each other a lot, but it really has been great to have such a close group.”
Rochester 34 37 — 71
Central Lakes 35 23 — 58
Megan Fleming 9, Jacey Anderson 8, Taige Thoreson 11, Jena Kadlec 9, Cortney Kasten 4, Natalia Baker 4 , Lane Gehl 9, Aly Meyer 14, Alycia Courson 3. FG 21-65 (32 percent), FT 24-34 (71 percent), 3-point 5-21 (24 percent). Division: 9-2. Overall 20-5.
Lindsey Roos 5, Lena Montano 2, Nikki Pearson 24, Elizabeth Mattson 6, Jalynn Lamb 16, Caitlin Robinson 5. FG 21-57 (37 percent), FT 12-18 (67 percent), 3-point (29 percent). Division: Finish 2-10. Overall: Finish 8-17.