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Raiders roll in playoff opener
For the second straight year the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team drew the No. 1 seed in the section playoffs and faced eighth-seeded Irondale in the first round. Also like last year, the Raiders rolled to an easy victory over the Knights.
Larissa Graham paced Roseville with 17 points while Allison Cordes and Jacqlyn Poss also reached double figures with 14 and 10 points, respectively.
Next up for Roseville is a semifinal contest on Tuesday at 6 p.m. at Anoka High School against fifth-seeded Champlin Park, a surprise 66-52 winner over fourth-seeded Maple Grove in the first round.
Roseville heads into Tuesday’s game hoping that history doesn’t repeat itself the way it did in the quarterfinals. A year ago the Raiders lost in the semifinals to Centennial.
Speaking of Centennial, the Cougars are the No. 2 seed and also won their quarterfinal with ease by beating eighth-seeded Coon Rapids 69-34. Centennial plays in the second semifinal on Tuesday against third-seeded Osseo, which rolled to a 65-47 win over sixth-seeded Mounds View in the quarterfinals.
The two semifinal winners then square off for the section championship on Friday at 8 p.m. at Anoka.
The Beacons went 1-1 in the first two rounds of the Section 4AA playoffs last week. Concordia, the fifth seed, beat 12th-seeded Mounds Park Academy 57-33 in the first round last Thursday and then saw its season come to an end in a 36-30 loss to fourth-seeded St. Croix Lutheran on Saturday.
Concordia's loss to St. Croix Lutheran was its third this season. The Beacons lost to the Crusaders in their one regular-season match-up and also lost to them in the consolation championship game of the Tri-Metro Conference tournament.
Concordia finishes the season with a record of 13-14.
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