Posted On: 12/21/17 5:45 AM

At times is was like ballet. More often it was like boxing. In the end, it was Cretin-Derham Hall that earned a curtain call and a TKO as the Raiders defeated White Bear Lake 51-42 to win the Northstar Girls Hoops Game of the Week in St. Paul. Chan'el Anderson-Manning scored the first Cretin points with a layup just 20 seconds into the game. That was followed quickly by a pair of Frannie Hottinger free throws, an Autam Mendez put-back, and a string of buckets by Hottinger. The first act had only just begun, Hottinger was already in double figures and White Bear Lake was flat on the canvas down 18-2. "I have been talking with the players about some of the things we have been doing and getting away with against different types of teams," said White Bear Coach Jeremy Post, "and then – bang! – you learn all the lessons at once and you are down 20."

For Cretin Coach Joe Lynch, those first few minutes went precisely according to plan. "It was a great start, and that's exactly what we need," he said. "That's how we're built: score early and score often and try to get to

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