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Women's basketball: Ridgewater knocks off Norsemen

Ridgewater wing Amanda Schumacher works the ball around the perimeter against Mesabi Range’s Connor Rautio during the second half on Friday at the Ridgewater gym. The Warriors won 63-52. Tribune photo by Tom Larson

WILLMAR — The Ridgewater women’s basketball team built a 19-point second-half lead and held off Mesabi Range 63-52 on Friday in an MCAC game at the Ridgewater gym.

Raeann Sorenson scored 26 points, Courtney Kramer had 11 and Brooke Wuertz added 10 for the Warriors, who improved to 2-1.

Despite the double-digit win, Warriors head coach Carrie Ogdahl said she would have liked to seen more from her team.

“We’ve still got a lot to learn,” Ogdahl said. “We’re trying to learn flow. It was a good win but it felt like we should have dominated more.”

The Warriors did lose top starting guard Jessie Kalenberg, who played about 16 minutes before injurying an ankle. She didn’t return to the game.

Rachel Ampe led the Warriors with 8 rebounds and Shantel Kelly had 7.

Ridgewater does not play today and returns to the court to host North Dakota State College of Science on Dec. 4.

Between now and then, the Warriors will try to smooth out its operation, Ogdahl said.

“It’s early on, there are freshmen and we’re running a new offense this year,” Ogdahl said. “There are a lot of things we need to get fine tuned.”

Ridgewater 63,

Mesabi Range 52

Mesabi Range    25 27 — 52

Ridgewater (2-1)               31 32 — 63

MESABI RANGE – 19-49 FG (1-3 3-pt); 13-24 FT; 38 rebounds; 20 fouls … Scoring: Connor Rautio 12, Shawna Berhendt 1, Erika Armitage 2, Kendra Dallman 12, Danielle Lenci 20, Julia Elkins 4, Kiannah Haley 1 … 3-point shots: Rautio 1 … Rebound leaders: Dallman 8 … Assist leaders: Rautio 2 … Steal leaders: 3 players with 2

RIDGEWATER – 22-64 FG (5-18 3-pt); 14-21 FT; 46 rebounds; 21 fouls … Scoring: Jessie Kalenberg 1, Amanda Schumacher 0, Datri Jensen 4, Shatel Kelly 4, Courtney Kramer 11, Brooke Hein 0, Raeann Sorenson 26, Brooke Wuertz 10, Catie Sherman 0, Samantha Meade 0, Rachel Ampe 5, Chelsea Ahl 2 … 3-point shots: Kelly 1, Sorenson 2, Wuertz 2 … Rebound leaders: Ampe 8, Kelly 7 … Assist leaders: Wuertz 3 … Steal leaders: Kalenberg 2, Ampe 2

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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