ROSEVILLE — Playing against Suburban East Conference leading Roseville on Friday, the Stillwater girls’ basketball team received an up-close look at what the Ponies hope to see when they look in the mirror within the next few years.
The Raiders (7-0 SEC, 13-1) were clearly the superior team on Friday while winning their 12th consecutive game with a 56-36 triumph over Stillwater (1-6, 4-10).
“That’s the best team defensively we’ve played this year,” Ponies first-year coach Gerard Coury said. “They play hard adn they do a lot of things we’re trying to mirror in our program. You can use Roseville as an example of where we want to be.”
Roseville used a balance attack behind future collegiate players Allison Cordes (Bemidji State), Jacqlyn Poss (Denver) and Larissa Graham (Western Michigan), who combined for 35 points — led by Cordes and Graham with 12 apiece. Cordes, a point guard, also helped force several of Stillwater’s 30 turnovers and was the biggest difference in the game for the Raiders, who built a 25-16 halftime lead. Stillwater scored 15 of its 36 points on free throws.
Haley Balzart and Larissa Colvin each provided eight points for the Ponies, with Balzart also pulling down a team-high 10 rebounds.
“I thought we got to the foul line quite a bit,” Coury said. “When we didn’t turn it over, I thought we had great possessions and offensively we have improved. You might not quite see it, but we see it as coaches, and we’re getting things together and seeing what kids can do for us.”
Stillwater 16 20 — 36
Roseville 25 31 — 56
Stillwater (pts): Annie Lauber 3, Maggie Ogren 2, Natalie Johnson 4, Sam Houle 2, Larissa Colvin 8, Rilee Day 2, Haley Balzart 8, Savannah Johnston 1, Madisen Schmitt 2 and Paige Becker 4.
Roseville: Allison Cordes 12, Emma Schaeer 5, Jacqlyn Poss 11, Monica Burich 9, Emily Christiansen 2, Maggie Benson 2, Larissa Graham 12, Kaia Porter 2 and Anita McCoy 1.
3-pointers: St (1): Lauber; Ros (1).
Free throws: St, 15-25; Ros, 9-19.