Posted On: 11/25/17 7:30 AM

At this time last year, the Cretin-Derham Hall Raiders began their season with an impressive weekend of basketball at the St. Thomas Thanksgiving Tip-off, sparking an outstanding start to a season that would eventually culminate in a share of the Suburban East Conference championship. 4A Cretin did the same thing yesterday, putting together an impressive 67-51 victory over 2A Rochester Lourdes thanks to a defensive strategy designed to minimize the enormous impact that sophomore Alyssa Ustby can have on a basketball game. It worked. And at the other end of the floor, Cretin junior Frannie Hottinger put together a first-half highlight film that staked the Raiders to an 11-point lead they would never relinquish.

When it was all over, Cretin coach Joe Lynch had plenty of nice things to say about his team, but he saved his highest praise for the Raider whose primary assignment was to shadow Ustby: Haley Moore. "She played a whale of a game," Lynch said of his 6'1" senior forward. "Haley did a fantastic job of staying with her, of staying between her and the basket, boxing her out, not letting her get started. We really tried to make someone else on their team beat

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