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Raiders fall short

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL

Posted: January 9, 2011 - 11:47pm
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Betsey Helmeke (15) of Central Lakes College eyed the ball while surrounded by a host of Rochester Yellowjackets defenders during Saturday's women's basketball game at CLC.  Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
Brainerd Dispatch/ Kelly Humphrey
Betsey Helmeke (15) of Central Lakes College eyed the ball while surrounded by a host of Rochester Yellowjackets defenders during Saturday's women's basketball game at CLC.

The day was different, but the story was all too familiar for the Central Lakes College Raiders Saturday as they fell behind early and couldn't climb back dropping a South Division game to Rochester 79-66.

The Raiders were led by Stephanie Neugebauer's 24 points and Nikki Pearson's 12 points and five assists.

Rochester's Aly Meyer led all scorers with 30 points with the majority of those points coming from the paint. The Yellowjackets led by 14 points after the first half, and the Raiders outscored them by one in the second half.

"Rochester is a good basketball team," said Raiders head coach Dennis Eastman. "Once again, we did the same old thing and buried ourselves in the first half. We spent so much energy

trying to get out of that hole. We were within five points with eight minutes left and couldn't get over the hump. That's been our MO from the beginning. We just need to work to get over the hump."

Rochester used a full-court press to gain a 14-4 lead with 15:15 left in the first half. The Raiders then started to create turnovers off their own defensive pressure, but were unable to convert as CLC shot just 24 percent from the field in the first half.

"We're trying to adjust our shots because we think we are going to get hit," Eastman explained. "I told them at halftime, just shoot the ball. Just shoot your normal shot. In the second half, we did that and shot over 50 percent. There's always that bright spot. We can become better, but just need to keep working on it."

Rochester built up its lead to 44-24 at the 15:00 mark of the second half. The Raiders were able to cut the lead in half as Neugebauer's layup and follow up free throw pulled CLC to 54-47.

The Yellowjackets stepped up the full-court pressure again and the Raiders were unable to setup their offensive as a result.

"Sometimes we shoot the ball to quick," said Eastman. "I try to explain that if your shot isn't there you will get another chance because there are still 20 seconds left on the shot clock. When we get behind, we feel like we have to get it all back now. We will go on runs to get within five and before you know it we are down by 13. A lot of times that is because we aren't running our offense, which is what got us back in the game. The only thing that will correct that is watching film."

Rochester 34 45 - 79

Central Lakes 20 46 - 66

ROCHESTER

Aly Meyer 30, Brittni Mayer 22, Desirae Lee 10, Lane Gehl 8, Victoria Ledahl 6, Rachel Tate 2, Megan Fleming 1. FG 28-70 (40 percent), FT 17-26 (65 percent).

CENTRAL LAKES

Nikki Pearson 12, Stephanie Neugebauer 24, Kelsey Wheeler 9, Brittany Gravelle 2, Carlee Davich 5, Elizabeth Mattson 4, Katie Hochsprung 10. FG 24-64 (38 percent), FT 15-20 (75 percent).

Rochester 79, CLC 66

Key: 24 percent shooting in the first half dooms the Raiders

Division: CLC 0-2

Overall: CLC 7-9

Next: Central Lakes vs. Ridgewater at Willmar 6 p.m. Wednesday