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Lady Devils record fifth straight win

By Scott A. Kolb

Post-Bulletin, Austin MN

ANOKA — The Riverland women’s basketball team overcame a late deficit to win 71-68 over Anoka-Ramsey on Saturday.

Trailing by a 68-67 margin in the final minute, the visiting Lady Blue Devils of Riverland scored the final four points to win the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, South Division game. The Lady Devils made four free throws to record their 20th win on the season.

Kate Bement, who led the A-R Lady Rams with 19 points, made a free throw with 1:20 left to give her team the one-point lead. The second free throw was missed and Gretchen Hebrink grabbed the rebound for Riverland. She fired an outlet pass to Krissy Schemmel, who was fouled in the act of shooting.

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Schemmel made both free throws to put Riverland on top to stay. After a missed shot by the Rams, Lizzie Gunter got a rebound and passed it to Anna Hebrink, who was then fouled. The Lady Devils got a free throw for a two-point lead, then after another missed shot, it was Anna Hebrink scoring the final point from the charity stripe.

"It was a great game, and that’s two huge road wins in a row," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "We had different people step up in crucial spots, which is great to see at this point of the season."

Gretchen Hebrink scored 10 points in the first half to help the Lady Devils establish a lead. Justine Sanvick had a game-high 21 points and she led Riverland with a dozen in the first half.

A pair of 3-pointers from Gretchen Hebrink helped the Lady Devils shake off the effects on an over-playing defense by the Lady Rams. The defense concentrated on stopping Brooke Monson and Anna Hebrink, so the visitors turned to other sources for offense.

"Anna and Brooke had big games the first time we played them, so their defense really overplayed our passing lanes," coach Hebrink said. "Brooke was only 2-for-9 from the field in the first half and Anna only took one shot. Gretchen gave us a spark in the first half and it was a collective effort to get the road win."

AunDreah Aune hit one of the seven treys for Riverland on the day and snagged five steals. The Lady Devils had a total of 15 steals in the game.

Riverland (20-4, 8-2 MCAC South) has its final two games of the regular season at home with at least the second seed from the division already secured for the upcoming state tournament.

RIVERLAND (71)

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Justine Sanvick 17, Anna Hebrink 14, Brooke Monson 11, Gretchen Hebrink 10, Lizzie Gunter 5, Mandy May 6, Krissy Schemmel 4, AunDreah Aune 4, Trisha Boese 0.

ANOKA-RAMSEY (68)

Kate Bement 19, Megan Hambleton 12, Carrie Roline 19, Alyssa Silva 12, Alissa Dombeck 4, Desirae Robinson 2.

Halftime — Riverland 37, A-R 30.

Three-point goals — RIV 7-17 (G.Hebrink 2, Sanvick 2, A.Hebrink 2, Aune 1). AR 5-10 (Bement 3, Hambleton 2).

Free throws — Riverland 20-30, AR 17-21.

Rebounds — RIV 33 (Sanvick 9); AR 36 (Robinson 9).

Turnovers — Riverland 22, AR 19.

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Fouled out — RIV, May.

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