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Riverland women lose second straight

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WORTHINGTON — The Riverland women were close in the first half on Friday against Northland, but poor shooting in the second half led to a 66-55 loss.

This game was the opener of the two-day Minnesota West Classic basketball tournament, and the Lady Blue Devils of Riverland were only down by two points at halftime. Riverland got the ball inside to center Anna Havumaki and she responded with a team-high 17 points.

The problem for the Lady Devils was a cold shooting night from the outside. Nikki Lehnertz, the top three-point shooter for the Lady Devils, struggled and only hit one trey in the waning seconds. Without much outside shooting, the Lady Devils faded in the second half.

"Getting the ball inside to Anna opens up the perimeter, but we just have to knock down shots," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "We also missed 19 free throws on the night, and those points left at the line hurt us in this game."

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Giving up 36 points defensively in the second half also contributed to a second-straight loss to start the season for the Riverland women. Tracee Crowley was also in double figures for the Lady Devils with 11 points.

"We didn’t make very smart defensive decisions in the second half," Hebrink said. "There was too much thinking and watching rather than reacting and getting to where we need to be on the floor. Still in the two games so far, we’ve seen some improvement each time out, but we have to develop some more court awareness."

Riverland (0-2) played the Sioux Falls College junior varsity at noon today in the second game of the weekend tournament.

RIVERLAND (55)

Anna Havumaki 17, Tracee Crowlee 11, Tibisa Thor 9, Nikki Lehnertz 5, Heather Manahan 0, Kim Bestul 6, Laura Amundson 2, Cassie Davis 5.

Three-pointers — Riverland 1 (Lehnertz).

Free throws — Riverland 10-29.

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