Victory keeps Raiders in thick of SEC race


Kaia Porter

One of the annual goals for the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team is to contend for the Suburban East Conference championship. At just past the midway point of the conference schedule, the Raiders find themselves right in the thick of things in the SEC.

A 63-60 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall on Jan. 24 not only got Roseville payback for a previous conference loss but also kept it within a game of first-place East Ridge.

East Ridge has only one loss in conference play and that came at the hands of Roseville back on Jan. 5. Roseville’s other SEC loss came against Woodbury in late December.

Roseville and East Ridge tied for second place in the Suburban East Conference standings last season. White Bear Lake won the conference title by three games.

Roseville’s Kaia Porter had a monster game in last week’s win over Cretin-Derham Hall. The senior erupted for a season-high 29 points and had her seventh game of 20 or more points this season.

Porter leads the Suburban East Conference in scoring at 18.2 points per game. She leads Woodbury’s Cecile Kieger by three-tenths of a point.

The win over Cretin-Derham Hall ran Roseville’s winning streak to nine games. Roseville’s most recent loss came against Woodbury in the first round of the Raiders’ holiday tournament. 

Woodbury is one of Roseville’s two opponents on the schedule this week. The Raiders open the week Jan. 31 with a visit from Stillwater, whom Roseville beat 61-54 in their first meeting on Dec. 16.

Roseville then heads to Woodbury on Feb. 3 for a return engagement with the Royals, whose 53-39 victory on Dec. 28 took Roseville out of contention for the championship at its holiday tournament.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

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