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Girls Basketball: East Ridge has 3-0 start, Woodbury goes 1-0, New Life finishes 1-1

Junior Ella Stegeman tries to get around the Hastings defender. Stegeman scored 15 points in East Ridge's 60-56 win on Saturday afternoon. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Junior Madalyn Slavin finishes the night as the leading scorer for East Ridge with 16 points. The Raptors defeat Hastings 60-56 on Saturday afternoon. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Saturday

East Ridge 60, Hastings 56

It's been a memorable start of the season for East Ridge as the girls basketball made it a three-game winning streak on Saturday afternoon.

As the snow was coming down outside, the Raptors made sure they were coming down with rebounds and shots towards the end of the game.

"Our girls played for 36 minutes and found a way to win," said head coach Glen Wurm. "I couldn't be more proud of the way our girls have played the last few games."

After finishing last season without a win, junior Madalyn Slavin said the team takes a win very seriously and three straight wins to start the season has been memorable.

It was a back-and-forth game between the two teams throughout the first and second halves, but East Ridge had a lead towards the end of the game. Hastings kept fighting back to try and take the lead, but the Raptors always found a way to either stop Hastings or make a shot fall.

"We learned a lot from last season and we're using it into the early part of this season," said junior Ella Stegeman. "It's been fun to see everything clicking for us as a team."

Slavin and Stegeman were the two top scorers for East Ridge as Slavin had 16 points and Stegeman had 15 points.

Slavin also was key towards the end of the game as her number was called upon many times at the free throw line.

"We've been taking it one game at a time," Slavin said. "We've been working really well together as a team and we need to continue using that in future games."

The Raptors will be starting the conference season next week and Wurm knows how tough it'll be, but East Ridge is ready for the challenge.

East Ridge will first play at Edina at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 4. Then, the Raptors will have their first conference game at White Bear Lake at 7:15 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7.

"We know how tough the conference season will be, but we are also ready for the challenge," Wurm said.

Friday

Woodbury 69, Tartan 51

The Royals started off the season with a win against Tartan on Friday night with a 69-51 final score.

Woodbury took a 31-25 lead heading into the half and extended that lead in the second half to finish with a 69-51 score.

Carley West scored 18 points in the game, the most for Woodbury that night. Lizzy Dodge and Calie Mundahl each scored 10 points, while Katie Vaske and Megan Hurley eached scored nine points.

The Royals hope to carry that winning momentum into their only game next week on Tuesday, Dec. 4 at 7 p.m. as Woodbury hosts Lakeville North.

Thursday

New Life Academy 63, Twin Cities Academy 44

The Eagles recorded their first win of the season and evened up their record to 1-1 as they earned the 63-44 win over Twin Cities Academy on Thursday night.

New Life Academy took control of the game early as the Eagles ended the first half with a 40-18 lead. That lead carried into the second half as New Life held that lead until the final horn.

The Eagles had three players score in double digits. Emmy Erickson scored 18 points, while Bethany Brocker and Carly Hager scored 15 and 14 points respectively.

The Eagles will have a small break from games as their next game is on Thursday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. as New Life hosts Concordia Academy.

Wednesday

East Ridge 65, St. Paul Washington 13

After winning the first game of the season on Tuesday, the Raptors traveled to St. Paul Washington to capture another win early in the season.

East Ridge finished the first half with a 47-8 lead and earned a comfortable win on Wednesday as the Raptors won 65-13 to make their record 2-0.

The Raptors had two players reach double digits for scoring. Avery Wukawitz was the leading scorer with 11 points and Chloe Stoehr was right behind her with 10 points.

Olivia Dowdle and Aliyah Sanneh each scored eight points, while Josie Dorf earned six points.

East Ridge will hope to carry this momentum into its next game on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 2 p.m. as the Raptors host Hastings.

Tuesday

East Ridge 38, Mahtomedi 37

The Raptors start the 2018-19 season with a win in a close 38-37 game with Mahtomedi at home on Tuesday night.

East Ridge led 15-10 at the half as Mahtomedi came back, but the Raptors were able to hold them off to earn the victory.

Kate Burns led East Ridge with 13 points, while Britt Carlson finished with nine points. Josie Dorf also contributed five points during the night.

The Raptors still have a busy week with two more games left this week. They will turn around quick as they head to St. Paul Washington at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28. After that game, East Ridge will have a small break as the Raptors head home to play Hastings at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1.

Randolph 59, New Life Academy 57

It was a close game, but Randolph was able to stay in front and defeat New Life Academy on Tuesday night with a 59-57 final score on the Eagles season opener.

The Eagles will look to even the record with a win on Thursday, Nov. 29 as New Life Academy has its home opener against Twin Cities Academy at 7:30 p.m.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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