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Raider girls sweep week - win three

December 20, 2012

Fulda #14, Melisa Gehl takes it up to the basket amongst several Panther players in one of her best played games of the season so far. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Fulda #14, Melisa Gehl takes it up to the basket amongst several Panther players in one of her best played games of the season so far.
Sariah Cheadle goes up high in a tangle of Panther arms for a look at the basket. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Sariah Cheadle goes up high in a tangle of Panther arms for a look at the basket.
Myah Holinka looks to the basket to take the shot. 
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FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Myah Holinka looks to the basket to take the shot.
Brittney Hermeling fights for position as she get the pass off to her teammate in a tough battle with Ellsworth. 
 FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
FULDA FREE PRESS/Sheila Crowley
Brittney Hermeling fights for position as she get the pass off to her teammate in a tough battle with Ellsworth.
Ellsworth, SWMC and Luverne
Fulda Raiders beat Ellsworth Panthers on Thursday Fulda moves to 4-1 in the Red Rock Conference



by Laurie Hermeling

Sports Writer



Hoping to get back into the win column, the Raiders were victorious over the Panthers in convincing fashion Thursday night (62-46). Both teams came out strong but the Raiders had more success at finding the basket. Missed scoring opportunities for both teams kept the scoring down 38-20 at the half.

Melissa Gehl had a spectacular night for Fulda. She recorded another double; double (22pts, 13 rebounds) followed closely by teammate Rachel Cheadle (10pts, 18 rebounds). The team as a whole proved they could handle and pass the ball effectively against the Panthers. Fulda was still enjoying an 18 point lead early in the second half but their shooting went cold. Ellsworth was able to score a few baskets and narrow the Raiders lead at 48-36 with 7:22 left in the game before the Raiders scored a basket. "We worked hard tonight and played well. I'm glad we got the win," replied Maddy Westra (2 pts).

Brittney Hermeling had 9 points, 6 assists, and 5 steals for the Raiders, while Courtney Tiesler added 8 pts, Amanda Schumacher 5 pts, and Myah Holinka had 2 points. Fulda is next in action Saturday night in a double header (Girls-Boys Varsity) against Luverne at Fulda.





Eagles soar past Raiders 82 - 65





by Laurie Hermeling

Sports Writer



Tuesday evening the Raiders traveled to Edgerton to take on the Eagles of Southwest Minnesota Christian. From the tip off to the final whistle, the Eagles were able to set the tempo of the game. Fulda just wasn't able to break down their defensive attack and this caused the Raiders to turn over the ball numerous times.

Fulda found themselves behind by 10 points (18-8) at the ten minute mark of the first half. The SWC lead was extended to 15 with six minutes until the midway break, but the Raiders were able to come back and be down only by 11 at the half.

The Raiders' bright spot on the night was Rachel Cheadle (27pts). She was able to score under the basket to help keep the game from getting out of hand. Melissa Gehl and Sariah Cheadle each were able to contribute 14 points a piece on the night. Fulda only shot 50% from the free throw line which made it harder for the Raiders to make a dent in the Eagles' lead.

Southwest Minnesota Christian had quickness and continually pressed. The Raiders attempted to battle back, but the Eagles were too much for them. Coach Slaathaug said, "I know we can play with them. This just makes us more determined to work harder and get better. I plan to show them what we are capable of when we meet again."

This loss gave the Raiders their first conference defeat. They will look to rebound at home Thursday evening vs. the Ellsworth Panthers. B squad will play at 6:15 with the varsity game to follow.





Raiders battle Cardinals at Parkinson's fundraiser; win by 10





by Laurie Hermeling

Sports Writer



Saturday in front of a full house the Fulda Raiders Girl's Basketball team hosted the Cardinals from Luverne. The Raiders scored the first two points on the night and played very good ball for the remainder of the evening and in the process recorded a 47-37 victory.

The low scoring game was the result of a great defensive effort displayed by the Raiders. Coach Slaathaug stated, "This was one of our better games blocking out. We only gave up seven offensive rebounds the entire contest. I was very pleased with the individual efforts by Melissa Gehl's and Brittney Hermeling's defense tonight. I thought this was the most disciplined we have played as a unit this season."

Leading by 9 points at the half (22-13) the Raiders came out in the second half and never let up their intensity. They hustled and scrambled for the ball and continually looked to their teammates for the open shot. "This was not exactly the pace of game we like to play, but the girls stayed disciplined. The team stayed together, worked hard, and got a hard earned victory. I'm very happy for them," replied Coach Slaathaug.

Melissa Gehl led all players with 17 points, 3 steals, and 6 rebounds, Rachel Cheadle had 10 points and 7 rebounds. Brittney Hermeling recorded 8 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 7 rebounds, while Sariah Cheadle added 6 assists and 5 rebounds. The Raiders will be hosting the Pipestone Arrows on Tuesday evening, December 18th.





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