That's what the Central Lakes College Raiders women's basketball team is asking as they swept their second season series by defeating Mesabi Range 64-54 Saturday.
On Friday, the Raiders came back to beat Vermilion in overtime. Two weeks ago, CLC beat Vermilion and Mesabi on the road and now sit alone in second place in the North Division with a 7-1 record.
CLC was led by its big three of Val Diedrich, Bobbi VanWechel and Tara Storts. VanWechel led the Raiders with 18 points while Diedrich scored 17 and grabbed eight rebounds. Storts added 11 points.
Raiders coach Dennis Eastman said it's been a while since he's had a team in this position and he doesn't want to stop now.
"We've set goals and the first one was to make it to the state tournament," Eastman said. "With these wins this week we've done that.
"Secondly, we want to win our division and we've put ourselves in the position to play for a division title. We have to continue to win the games that we're supposed to win."
This was one of those games the Raiders were supposed to win.
CLC shot out to a 12-2 lead, but the Lady Norse, who only had six players, scrapped their way back into the game. Mesabi eventually tied the game at 21 thanks to a 12-3 run.
But, a Diedrich jumper and five straight points by VanWechel gave the lead back to the Raiders as they headed into the break.
"Mesabi is very scrappy," said Eastman. "They're the type of team you want to play at the beginning of the season and not at the end because it takes them a while to get going."
The pesky Lady Norse stayed close to CLC in the second but a 10-0 Raider run, highlighted by six straight VanWechel points and a Rene Springer three, gave the Raiders a 12-point lead.
Mesabi's Nikki Pfeutzenreuter, who scored 18 points and had 11 rebounds, scored the next five points to keep the Lady Norse alive.
But, in the end, CLC's depth won out as the Raiders sealed the win with a late eight-point run.
Offensively, the Raiders continually had open shots at the basket and hit key baskets when they were necessary.
"It was the overaggressiveness of Mesabi that gave us the open looks," Eastman said. "We were trying to spread them out. They were in a 1-2-2 zone and the weakness of that zone is the high post and free throw line area. We were trying to get Val to flash in there and she got some good shots."
Eastman said when one Raider has an off-night, there's other players ready to step in and pick up the slack.
"They know what they can do and can't do," he said. "They know their space. Val knows she doesn't have to score 30 or 40 points. Tara knows that when she gets tired we've got someone else to come in. The starters know there's people behind them that can come in and play."
Mesabi Range 27 27 -- 54
Central Lakes 32 32 -- 64
MESABI RANGE (54)
Jo Hejny 12, Nikki Pfeutzenreuter 18, Courtney Johnson 14, Tally Gunderson 10. Team totals: FG 21-51 (41.2 percent), FT 4-7 (57.1 percent).
CENTRAL LAKES (64)
Val Diedrich 17, Tara Storts 11, Bobbi VanWechel 18, Megan Eastman 7, Melissa Sahlberg 2, Rene Springer 5, Melissa Bordwell 3, Helena Karlsgodt 1. Team totals: FG 22-58 (37.9 percent), FT 16-20 (80 percent). Conference -- 7-1. Overall -- 9-8. Next game: At Hibbing 6 p.m. Wednesday.
3-point baskets -- CLC 4 (VanWechel 2, Springer, Storts), MR 8. Rebounds -- CLC 31 (Diedrich 8), MR 35. Assists -- CLC 16 (Eastman 4), MR 17. Steals -- CLC 13 (Eastman 5), MR 3. Turnovers -- CLC 11 (Diedrich 3), MR 25.
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