Posted On: 10/27/18 7:10 PM

The arrival of one elite player can have a huge impact on a high school basketball team. Or, in the case of Stillwater newcomer Liza Karlen, that player can have a profound effect on an entire conference. This appears to be the case in the Suburban East where the 6’2 transfer from St. Paul Central instantly makes Stillwater a title contender and alters the league scenario for sure. The team most impacted by Karlen’s arrival is located 18 miles to the west in Roseville, where the Raiders return all but one player from a state tournament team.


Jada Hood (left) and Jayda Johnston (right) are among Roseville's leaders. (Photo courtesy of StarTribune)


Jeff Crosby’s Raiders parlayed their suffocating defense into his first state tournament berth. Roseville finished 11-5 in conference play, one win short of a title behind Cretin-Derham Hall. Roseville had the last laugh when they knocked CDH out of the state tournament in the opening round. Roseville finished the season at 23-8 and lost just one player to graduation. Sarah Hvidhyld will be replaced by talented sophomore

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