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Lady Raiders Start Strong

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The lady Raiders enter the 2012 season hungry for a playoff run after missing the postseason by just one game last year.

Coach Brain Purugganan led his team to an 8-8 league record last season and looks to improve on that record in his third season.

The Lady Raiders have an experienced group, retaining most of their starters from last year, with some young talent joining the team.

The Raiders have already started strong with a 3-1 record in inter-league play.

Pierce showed they have the talent to obtain a tournament spot this season in a strong display in the Clackamas Thanksgiving Tournament where they finished in fourth place, with wins over Portland and Olympic and a loss to Umpqua.

Pierce’s 84-66 loss was due to their in ability to rebound as the Riverhawks out muscled the Raiders grabbing 65 rebounds to Pierce’s 34 allowing the Riverhawks to score 20 second chance points.

The Raiders where excellent beyond the arc as they scored 30 points at three point range, but that would not be enough to win.

Pierce’s put the hurt on Olympic in a 93-41 romp where the Lady Raiders scored 46 points off turnovers.

Pierce then went on to make Portland their next victim throwing up another 93 points to Portland’s 57, where their free-throw consistency was the key.

The Raiders collected 33 points from the foul line. The Raiders will be hosting the Raider Holiday Invitational beginning Dec. 9 where they will be able to work development and perfect their strategy in order to compete in their difficult division.

Rebounding won’t be the only area the Raiders will have to improve in.

Pierce will need more contribution from players off the bench, with only six points coming from substitutions.

Pierce will then travel to Mt. Vernon for the Skagit Valley Crossover Tournament before starting league play against Grays Harbor on Jan. 4.

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Lady Raiders Start Strong