In December Central Lakes College women's basketball coach Dennis Eastman added three players that weren't on the original roster to give his team much needed depth.
Shannon McCarthy was one of those players and she quickly made an impact inside with her rebounding and offensive abilities.
Eastman added another player Saturday and she's the game breaker he's been looking for.
Former Crosby-Ironton point guard Kim Rosecrans, who was on CLC's roster at the beginning of the season but then walked away, is back.
Despite Rosecrans' return the Raiders still lost to the Northland College Pioneers 58-47. It's the first time in Eastman's 15 years at CLC that a team of his has opened the season 0-13.
Northland 58, CLC 47
The key: Northland used a 20-2 second half run to outdistance themselves from the Raiders.
Record: CLC 0-4 Northern Division, 0-13 overall.
Next: CLC at Rainy River 6 p.m. Wednesday.
"It makes you humble," Eastman said of the losing skid. "It also makes you question what you're doing wrong and how to turn it around. But the good thing is that the players aren't turning on each other. It's a tough pill to swallow."
With Rosecrans' addition, the potential for a turn around is improved. With Rosecrans running the show, CLC was able to handle Northland's press and get easy baskets as she attacked the defense.
Both teams traded baskets throughout much of the first half as the Pioneers took a 15-13 lead.
Enter Rosecrans. The freshman scored consecutive baskets on a drive and a jumper to give CLC a 17-15 lead. Then with under a minute to go in the half and down four, Rosecrans scored consecutive baskets on end-to-end drives to tie the game at 25 at the half.
"Kim is another player we're going to have to adjust to," said Eastman. "We'll have to take the puzzle apart but she's a pleasant piece of that puzzle to have. This game was just a glimpse of what she can do."
The Raiders took a 42-37 lead early in the second half on a Courtney Stach layin and a Katy Goldsmith fastbreak basket. Stach finished with 13 points.
But like past opponents, the Pioneers went on a run. This time a 20-2 run, to outdistance themselves from the Raiders. A Rosecrans fastbreak basket ended the run.
Rosecrans finished with 13 points and six assists. McCarthy scored 10 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
Northland College 25 33 -- 58
Central Lakes 25 22 -- 47
Alisa Costin 8, Kamae Larson 13, Chelsey Fering 4, Rochelle Nelk 2, Ashley Kujawa 9, Lisa Hardy 2, Kelly Dunnigan 12, Shannon Olson 4, Tara Blazejewski 4. Team totals: FG 21-68 (31 percent), FT 8-15 (53 percent). 3-point baskets: 6 (Dunnigan 3, Costin 2, Olson).
Courtney Stach 13, Andrea Almsted 1, Jada Illies 2, Sandra Smith 2, Shannon McCarthy 10, Kim Rosecrans 13, Katy Goldsmith 6. Team totals: FG 19-60 (32 percent), FT 8-20 (40 percent). 3-point baskets: 1 (Stach). Northern Division -- 0-4. Overall -- 0-12. Next game: at Rainy River 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Rebounds -- CLC 43 (McCarthy 11, Kristi Myers 6, Goldsmith 6, Stach 6), NL 41 (Costin 10). Assists -- CLC 10 (Rosecrans 6), NL 13 (Fering 4). Turnovers -- CLC 29, NL 21.
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