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Riverland womentop Central Lakes

Hebrink scores 19 points, Swalla adds 17

BRAINERD — The Riverland women’s basketball team completed a season sweep of the series against Central Lakes with a 71-66 win on Friday night.

Living up to their billing as the seventh-ranked team nationally for NJCAA Division III, the Lady Blue Devils of Riverland shot well in the first half and built an early lead. The Lady Devils connected on 7 of 9 three-point shots in the first half.

Ali Mackey once again found her shooting touch and after struggling in the last few games, she canned four treys on the night. Mackey also had four blocked shots and added a half-dozen assists.

"Mackey had a great game and it was nice to see her canning those outside shots again," Riverland coach Suzy Hebrink said. "It’s a long road trip, but we came out hot and made our shots in the first half. Brooke (Monson) had another big game inside and we got another big road win."

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Monson continues to control the paint for the Lady Devils. She had 14 points and 14 rebounds as Riverland won its third straight game. Anna Hebrink led the offensive charge for Riverland with a team-high 19 points, including five treys. Becca Swalla added 17 points in the road win.

Hebrink also had five assists in the win. Swalla kicked in five assists and four rebounds. In addition to her prowess in the paint, Monson also connected on 8 of 11 free throw attempts. Stacy Butler led Central Lakes with 18 points in the loss.

"We were up by as much as 16 points in the second half, but then they came back and got within two," coach Hebrink said. "We shot well on the night and held them off. Overall, we shot 57 percent from the field and 47 percent from the three-point line. They were 6-for-9 for treys in the second half and made a run at us, but we kept our composure."

Riverland (9-1) plays a pair of home games next week in Austin. The Gustavus Adolphus College junior varsity comes to town on Monday night. Then, the Lady Devils play host to Western Wisconsin Technical College on Wednesday night. WWTC is the only team that has beaten the Riverland women so far this season.

RIVERLAND (71)

Holly Waltz 0, Tracee Crowley 3, Ali Mackey 12, Carmen Smith 2, Ashley Lau 0, Becca Swalla 17, Brooke Monson 14, Lizzie Gunter 4, Anna Hebrink 19.

Halftime score — Riverland 36, Central Lakes 29.

Three-pointers — Riverland 10-21 (Anna Hebrink 5, Mackey 4, Crowley 1). CL 6-16 (Stacy Butler 3, Collison 3).

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Rebounds — Riverland 44 (Monson 14); Central Lakes 33.

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