RAHS girls can claim SEC hoops crown Tuesday

The Roseville Area High School girls basketball team brings its 20-game winning streak to Park-Cottage Grove on Tuesday but something even bigger than the streak is also on the line. The Raiders can clinch the Suburban East Conference championship with a victory over the Wolfpack.

Roseville enters Tuesday's contest with a three-game lead over Park with four games to play. A victory puts the Raiders up four games with three remaining.

The Raiders are trying to win the Suburban East Conference for the second consecutive season. Last year, Roseville shared the championship with White Bear Lake.

Roseville won its 20th in a row last Friday by beating Cretin-Derham Hall 56-45. Roseville trailed at halftime (by three points) for only the fourth time this season and in both games against Cretin. Roseville was also behind at the break against Wayzata and Forest Lake.

Cretin remained ahead at 34-31 before Roseville took control with a 15-0 run. A Larissa Graham layup gave Roseville its first lead of the second half at 35-34 and it never trailed again.

Roseville played the second half against Cretin without senior co-captain Allison Cordes, who left the game in the first after colliding with Cretin's Lizzie Odegard. The two knocked heads, suffering cuts that had them leave the building at halftime in search of stitches.

Roseville head coach Jeff Crosby reported that Cordes ended up with nine stitches on Friday but will play Tuesday against Park.

Jacqlyn Poss paced Roseville with a game-high 16 points and was joined in double figures with 16. Graham added 15 and the Raiders also got a solid effort from Maria Ascher, who scored seven points off the bench.

Jordan Alt was a big reason Cretin led at halftime. She scored 10 points in the first half but Roseville held her to only five in the second half.

In addition to the Park contest, Roseville's other game this week is Friday at Stillwater. The Raiders then close out the regular season next week at home against East Ridge and at Woodbury.
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