If games were 30 minutes long, the Central Lakes College women's basketball team may have been able to come out of the CLC Classic with two wins.
But until there's a rule change, the Raiders will have to deal with two losses over the weekend, falling to the Ridgewater Warriors Saturday afternoon 58-49 less than 24 hours after falling to Fergus Falls 70-60.
On Friday, CLC held a 50-45 advantage with ten minutes to go before Fergus Falls went on a 25-10 run to end the game. On Saturday, the Raiders were up 35-34 at the ten minute mark of the second half before the Warriors scored 24 of the game's final 38 points.
Dennis Eastman said it was a frustrating trend for CLC over the weekend.
"A lot of it comes down to confidence at the end of the game; confidence in yourself and your teammates. And right now our confidence is getting better, but we have to work on it," he said. "At halftime we addressed that. You're going to make mistakes and you don't do it on purpose. So get over it. When they start worrying about themselves they begin to forget about the rest of the team. If you make a mistake, just move on."
Ridgewater 58, Raiders 49
The key: CLC shot just 9-37 (24.3 percent) from the field in the second half.
Overall: CLC 1-9
Next: Central Lakes at CLC Invitational 6 p.m., Jan. 3, 4 p.m. Jan. 4.
Eastman, however, said he felt his team played a better game on day two of the CLC Classic.
"I was happy with them because last night we faded at about nine minutes, tonight it was around five minutes so we're playing a longer game and that's encouraging," he said. "I saw some things I didn't see last night. We had more kids who were more aggressive in a smart way."
In the first half, CLC used a zone defense to limit Ridgewater's offense.
The Raiders' zone caused 13 first-half turnovers and when the Warriors tried to break it with outside shooting they managed to hit just 1-10 from 3-point range. Unfortunately for the Raiders, they racked up 11 turnovers of their own to go along with being outrebounded 22-15. All of it added up to a 23-23 halftime score.
Ridgewater began to knock down some of the 3-point shots in the second half that weren't falling in the first as they went 4-9 (44.4 %) from the 3-point line, hitting them at the most crucial of times. Meanwhile, the Raiders shot just 9-37 (24.3%) from the field in the second half.
Ridgewater held a 43-38 advantage with five minutes remaining, its largest of the game to that point.
The Raiders crept back, however, as freshman guard Stacey Butler hit a lay-up at 2:43 off a turnover to make it 45-43. Another turnover and two Whitney Glazier free throws tied the game at 45-45 at 2:26.
Ridgewater responded, however, scoring the next eight points to make it 53-45 at the one minute mark and once again put a game just out of the Raiders' reach as the game ended 58-49.
Becky Skiba, who finished with a team-high 15 points and 10 rebounds, said the Raiders will need to find a way to play for 40 minutes as the season moves forward.
"We fell apart towards the end again," she said. "It's getting old. We have to go ahead and get over the mistakes and look ahead to the next play. It's all mental."
Ridgewater 23 35 - 58
CLC 23 26 - 49
CENTRAL LAKES COLLEGE
Brandi Cresap 9, Whitney Glazier 9, Stacey Butler 7, Brittany Miller 5, Jayme Reed 4, Becky Skiba 15. Team totals: FG 19-63 (30.2 percent), FT 9-16 (56.3 percent), 3-point baskets: 2 (Miller, Skiba), Turnovers 21, Rebounds 41 (Skiba 10, Glazier 7, Butler 7).
Patina Queenan 3, Danielle Goeman 9, Brooke Busack 2, Emily Mathiowetz 10, Britney Glisczinski 3, Lisa Nielsen 6, Hilary Groothuis 14, Tara Thielke 11. Team totals: FG 20-54 (37 percent), FT 13-20 (65 percent), 3-point baskets: 5 (Goeman 1, Mathiowetz 2, Thielke 2), Turnovers 23, Rebounds 45 (Groothuis 13).
TY RUSHMEYER, sports writer, may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 855-5865.
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