Elk River's Lydia Haack (11) dribbles around Roseville's Reilly Parker (31) during Friday afternoon’s game. Haack had 24 points in the Elks’ 75-53 victory over the Raiders in Roseville. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
Late in the first half of Friday’s game, Elk River and Roseville found themselves knotted up at 25. While the two teams had the same amount of points, they came in very different ways.
The Elks got there after strong shooting performances from their go-to players. Meanwhile, the Raiders took advantage of Elk River fouls and scored mostly from the free-throw line.
Soon after this tie, the Elks shot their way ahead and never looked back. They finished the half on a 17-5 run and kept building on the lead. By the end, Elk River walked away with a 75-53 win at Roseville Area High School.
In the early goings of Friday’s tilt, the Elks, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, leaned on senior guard Lydia Haack as she provided a major scoring punch. She came into the game averaging a team-best 12.7 points per game. By the end of the first half on Friday, she already had 18 points. Haack finished with 24 points.
Elk River's Alexa Engebretson (23) puts up a three-point shot against Roseville. Engebretson had 16 points in the Elks’ 75-53 victory over the Raiders in Roseville. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
After Elk River and Roseville battled to a 25-25 tie late in the first half, the Elks imposed their will in this nonconference matchup. Elk River finished the half on a 17-5 run and continued to push their lead as the Elks cruised to a 75-53 victory on Friday at Roseville Area High School.
The biggest story of the first half for Elk River (8-3, 2-0) was senior guard Lydia Haack. She led all scorers in the first half with 18 points and knocked down three three-pointers. Haack finished the game with 24 points.
The Elks, ranked No. 10 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, had three players score more than 10 points in the win. Senior forward Alexa Engebretson put up 16 points. Junior forward Johanna Langbehn finished with 10 points.
Roseville (7-6, 3-2) struggled against the Elk River defense as the Raiders turned the ball over 22 times in the loss. Junior guard Rai’Janee Meadows was Roseville’s top scorer with 16 points. That was thanks in part to 19 free-throw attempts in the game.
Senior forward Josie Haug was the only other Raider in double digits. She finished with 11 points.
Roseville's Rai'Janee Meadows (12) works to get around Elk River's Alexa Engebretson (23) during Friday afternoon’s game. The Raiders fell to the Elks 75-53 at Roseville High School. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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