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Women's basketball: Warriors bury Conquerors in season opener

Tribune photo by Brooke Kern Ridgewater's Raeann Sorenson (32) and Jessica Kalenberg dive for the ball against Association Free Lutheran Bible School during the Warriors' season opener at the Ridgewater Classic on Friday in Willmar.

WILLMAR -- Four players hit double digits in the scoring column for Ridgewater with Kristin Phillipp and Courtney Kramer pacing the charge as the Warrior women overwhelms Association Free Lutheran Bible School 92-40 in their home opener Friday.

Ridgewater shot 54 percent from the field, including 65 percent in the second half, and had 27 assists to just 13 turnovers.

Phillipp, a freshman guard from Eden Valley, netted a game-high 21 points with Kramer, a freshman wing from Hector, following with 20 behind 9-for-13 shooting.

"(AFLBS) was shorthanded, but tomorrow will be different," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl. "Mesabi Range is tall, physical, quick and very aggressive, but we still had to make our shots (Friday). It's a good way to start."

Ridgewater led 43-12 at halftime and forced the Conquerors (0-5) to commit 32 turnovers. Phillipp and Raeann Sorenson, a freshman wing from Brooten, had five steals each. Phillipp also dished out six assists.

Also scoring in double figures was Cameo McNeley, a sophomore forward from Montevideo, with 16 points and Jessica Kalenberg, a freshman guard from Hector, with another 14. Lynsey Runke, a sophomore guard from Hector, added 12 assists, eight points, five rebounds and four steals.

Kramer hooked a game-high nine rebounds and Kalenberg pulled in seven more, helping Ridgewater collect 39 boards to the Conquerors' 25.

The Warriors will have a short turnaround as they host Mesabi Range at noon today.

Ridgewater 92, AFLBS 40

AFLBS 12 28 -- 40

Ridgewater 43 49 -- 92

ASSOCIATION FREE LUTHERAN BIBLE SCHOOL - 16-44 FG (1-3 3-pt); 7-9 FT; 25 rebounds; 13 fouls ... Scoring: Kristin Haugen 7, Anna Franz 9, Mackenzie Kinneberg 5, Cassie Maier 5, Michelle Alverson 14 ... 3-point shots: Kinneberg 1 ... Rebound leaders: Franz 6, Haugen 5, Maier 5 ... Assist leaders: Kinneberg 4, Maier 4 ... Steal leaders: Franz 2, Maier 2

RIDGEWATER - 39 FG (5 3-pt); 9-13 FT; 39 rebounds; 12 fouls ... Scoring: Jessica Kalenberg 14, Lynsey Runke 8, Kristin Phillipp 21, Breanna Denn 4, Cameo McNeley 16, Kandace Taylor 4, Raeann Sorenson 5, Courtney Kramer 20 ... 3-point shots: Kalenberg 1, Phillipp 3, Sorenson 1 ... Rebound leaders: Kramer 9, Kalenberg 7, Runke 5 ... Assist leaders: Runke 12, Phillipp 6 ... Steal leaders: Phillipp 5, Sorenson 5, Runke 4, McNeley 3