Monday night didn't start well at the Immaculata High School gym, as the Lady Raiders lost 31-22 to Heritage Christian.
Immaculata kept it a five-point game at halftime, but the Lady Raiders were down by nine early in the fourth quarter and couldn't make a comeback.
“It was like we had a lid,” Immaculata head coach Terry Jordan said. “It wasn't from a lack of shots.”
The Lady Raiders' offense was able to get 11 points in the second quarter by mixing up strategies.
Junior Ellie Wolk got Immac within two points with a 3-pointer in the left corner early in the second quarter.
Junior Grace Parker hit a 3-pointer, a long two-point jumper and bucket inside the paint.
“Grace and them were going to have to stop feeding it in so much and start opening up the perimeter,” Jordan said.
Wolk's early 3-pointer opened it up for junior Mary Kate Wolken to draw a foul inside and knock in a free throw.
However, points were hard to come by in the second half.
Immaculata struggled to make buckets or draw fouls when it attacked the post.
“You've got to be more aggressive than we are at times when we are catching the ball in the post,” Jordan said. “To get those calls, if you are too frail then sometimes you are not going strong and they are deeming that as her being in the good plane and being able to defend it.”
Raiders 48, Eagles 23
The Raiders were able to use a fast start to get a 48-23 win against Heritage Christian.
Immaculata went up 17-2 in the first 10 minutes of the game and kept a big lead throughout the game.
The Raiders had a 30-8 lead at halftime, but wasn't able to keep up the pace.
“We played a good first half, but we played sloppy in the second half,” Immaculata head coach Bronson Schaake said. “We got complacent and started letting up on defense.”
The Eagles scored 11 of their 23 points in the fourth quarter.
The Raiders used defense to go up 15-2 in the first quarter.
Sophomore Drew Sachen and senior Phillip Hernandez each stole the ball and scored an easy layup at the other end.
“They do a really good job at reading the game when they want to,” Schaake said. “When they play with intensity and focus, they can get steals all day.”
Sachen ended up with nine points.
The first quarter ended with a short turnaround jumper by junior Connor Goetz, who led all scorers with 16.
Page 2 of 2 - “I got some pretty good passes and we had a lot of good teamwork today,” Goetz said.
He scored half of his points in the second quarter by using his 6-foot-5-inch frame.
“The thing that he needs to realize is that he can do that against anybody if he wants to,” Jordan said.
Goetz said the team will have to work on playing with as much energy in the second half as the first half.
“I thought we played good as a team, but I thought we let up at the end a little bit,” he said.
The Lady Raiders will play at about 6 p.m. Thursday at Maur Hill, with the Raiders' game following.