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Lady Warriors waste 12-point first-half lead

AUSTIN -- The Ridgewater women's basketball team played better when their leading scorer wasn't producing than when she was, leading to a 79-65 loss to Riverland Saturday.

AUSTIN -- The Ridgewater women's basketball team played better when their leading scorer wasn't producing than when she was, leading to a 79-65 loss to Riverland Saturday.

Sophomore Hilary Groothuis was held scoreless in the first half, but the Lady Warriors picked up the slack and trailed 36-32 at halftime. Ridgewater even led by 12 points at one point before the half. But Riverland went on a 15-2 run to take a lead it wouldn't relinquish again.

In the second half, Groothuis tallied 19 points while the rest of the Lady Warriors scored just 14 points. Meanwhile, Riverland put up 43 points.

Alli Mackey led an eight-point surge with two 3-pointers and two free throws to put the Blue Devils up by 12, thwarting a Ridgewater rally.

"We have to play two full halves with everybody scoring," said Ridgewater coach Carrie Ogdahl.

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Lisa Nielsen scored 16 points for the Lady Warriors, Tara Thielke followed with 14 and Emily Mathiowetz had 10.

The Lady Warriors will travel to Coon Rapids Saturday to face Anoka-Ramsey.

Riverland 79, Ridgewater 65

Ridgewater (3-4, 13-7) 32 33 -- 65

Riverland 36 43 -- 79

RIDGEWATER - 21 FG (5 3-pt); 18-28 FT; 37 rebounds; 17 fouls ... Scoring: Patina Queenan 0 2-2 2, Danielle Goeman 2 0-1 4, Tara Thielke 4 3-8 14, Emily Mathiowetz 3 2-2 10, Hilary Groothuis 6 7-8 19, Lisa Nielsen 6 4-7 16 ... 3-point shots: Thielke 3, Mathiowetz 2 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available

RIVERLAND - 31 FG (6 3-pt); 11-18 FT; rebounds not available; 21 fouls ... Scoring: Holly Waltz 1 1-1 3, Lau 1 1-1 3, Alli Mackey 4 2-5 14, Becca Swalla 8 0-0 18, Anna Hebrink 4 3-4 11, Brooke Monson 12 1-3 25, Lizzie Gunther 1 3-4 5 ... 3-point shots: Mackey 4, Swalla 2 ... Rebound, assist, steal leaders not available

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