INTERNATIONAL FALLS - For the first time since the 2002-03 season, the Central Lakes College women's basketball team is headed for the Minnesota Community College Conference state tournament, thanks to a 66-49 win over the Rainy River Voyageurs Saturday.
CLC's win and a loss by Vermilion on Friday clinched the playoff spot for the Raiders.
"I'm very excited and feel very good for our sophomores," Raiders coach Brad Amundson said. "Going back to last year, they had to endure some adversity and it could've be easy to throw in the towel, but they didn't. It all came to a head Saturday and they were very ready to play.
"This is a very deserving group. Our record's not the greatest but this team has made a lot of improvements."
LeeAnn Karlsgodt had 11 points
The Raiders battled through foul trouble early in the game to build a 36-26 lead at halftime. CLC was led on offense by Megan Meyer's 13 points. Whitney Glazier scored 12 points, including three 3-pointers and LeaAnn Karlsgodt chipped in with 11.
"Both Megan and Erin had foul trouble and we wanted to push the tempo because Rainy was depleted at guard," said Amundson. "We got a lot of steals and created a lot of turnovers, which helped give us some easy baskets."
Meyer picked up her fourth foul early in the second half and was on the bench for much of the second half. But the Raiders received key contributions from Kayla Gustafson and Lisa Kurtz, who scored eight and seven points respectively.
"Kayla and Lisa are two players that haven't scored lot for us this year," Amundson said, "but with Megan out in the second half they picked up the bulk of the scoring. And their efforts on the offensive boards and work on the inside were key for us."
CLC will face Anoka-Ramsey 1 p.m. Friday in the opening round of the state tournament. The Golden Rams are ranked fifth in the latest NJCAA Division III national poll.
Central Lakes 36 30 - 66
Rainy River 26 23 - 49
Heather Feldewerd 3, Jenae Swanson 4, Lisa Kurtz 7, Kayla Gustafson 8, Erin Karlsgodt 8, Megan Meyer 13, LeaAnn Karlsgodt 11, Whitney Glazier 12. Three-point baskets: 3 (Glazier 3). North Division: 5-7. Overall: 8-17. Next: vs. Anoka-Ramsey 1 p.m. Friday.
Natalie Desjardins 11, Michelle Chenney 15, Jamie Janshen 11, LeBlac 7, Oliver 2, Dunkirk 3. Three-point baskets: 2 (Desjardins, LeBlanc). North Division: 0-12. Overall: 4-21.
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