Goals remain high for RAHS girls basketball squad

Monica Burich
Monica Burich
Sara Hain
Sara Hain

It's hard to feel bad for a high school basketball program that has posted three consecutive 20-win seasons. The Roseville Area High School girls team accomplished that feat, but has not realized its most prized goal in that time.

For the four seniors on this year's Raiders squad, this is their last shot at a trip to the state tournament. The closest they've gotten in the last three years was the section final in 2012-13.

This year's team is led by a trio of senior captains. Monica Burich, who recently signed to play Division I college basketball at the University of Colorado, is back for one last run at Roseville after averaging 18 points, 12 rebounds, five assists, two blocks and two steals per game last year. Earlier this fall, Burich helped lead the Roseville volleyball team to its third consecutive trip to the state tournament.

Burich is closing in on the 1,000-point plateau for her high school career and was named a preseason all-metro selection by Breakdown Sports (breakdownsportsusa.com).

Joining Burich as co-captains are Sydni Dykes and Kaitlin Nelson. Dykes, a point guard, made a name for herself last year by drawing 32 charging fouls. A shooting guard, Nelson averaged eight points per game a year ago.

Junior Sara Hain, another volleyball player who converts to basketball for the winter, is back after averaging eight points and six rebounds per game last year.

A new face to watch out for in the lineup this season is sophomore Kaia Porter. Crosby expected her to start last year as a freshman, but she missed the season because of an injury she suffered during the fall soccer season.

In addition to the aforementioned returning starters, Roseville also returns 10 other letterwinners. 

While making state is the main goal, Roseville also has some secondary goals, including competing for the Suburban East Conference championship. The Raiders tied for the conference title in 2011-12 and won it outright in 2012-13 before falling to fourth place last year.

Roseville head coach Jeff Crosby expects White Bear Lake, one of last year's co-champions, to be a contender for the conference title.

Crosby is in his sixth season as Roseville's head coach.

Roseville opens the season with a pair of games next week. The Raiders host Chaska on Dec. 4 and take on Minnetonka in the Breakdown Sports Tipoff Classic on Dec. 6 at Hopkins High School.

Other games of note on the schedule this year include the fourth annual Roseville holiday tournament Dec. 27 and 29-30 and a trip out west to play a game against Washington High School of Sioux Falls, S.D. in early February.

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

2014-15 Roseville Area High School girls basketball schedule

  • Dec. 4 vs. Chaska 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 6 vs. Minnetonka at Hopkins 12:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 9 vs. Robbinsdale Cooper 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 12 at Stillwater 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 16 at Park-Cottage Grove 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 vs. Chanhassen 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 27 Roseville holiday tournament Time TBA
  • Dec. 29 Roseville holiday tournament Time TBA
  • Dec. 30 Roseville holiday tournament Time TBA
  • Jan. 6 vs. East Ridge 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 9 at Forest Lake 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 13 vs. Woodbury 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 16 at Cretin-Derham Hall 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 20 vs. Mounds View 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 23 at White Bear Lake 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 27 vs. Stillwater 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 30 vs. Park-Cottage Grove 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 5 at Blaine 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 7 at Sioux Falls Washington 1:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 12 vs. Forest Lake 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 14 at Osseo 2 p.m.
  • Feb. 17 at Woodbury 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 20 vs. Cretin-Derham Hall 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 24 at Mounds View 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 27 vs. White Bear Lake 7:15 p.m.


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