BELLEVUE - Coming into their season-opener on the road at Bellevue Friday, Dec. 4, there were several factors the Anamosa girls basketball team had to face besides the talented Comets.

      COVID had wiped out most of the Raiders’ practices making things much more challenging for first-year head coach Angie Lawrence and her group of girls attempting to learn a new system, and you could see some of that lack of familiarity play out in the early going of what ended as a tough 57-25 loss at Bellevue.

      Anamosa (0-1, 0-1) fell into an early 9-0 hole as the offense struggled to get into rhythm, though the defense did keep the Raiders in the game early on holding the Comets to a mere two points through the first seven minutes of play before the hosts went on a 7-0 run to close the frame.

      The visitors played even with Bellevue through most of the second stanza as Cecilia Venenga, Joslin Banowetz and Katravia Burns all drilled 3-point shots in the stretch while Maddy Heims and Ava Claussen-Tubbs also added hoops as Anamosa poured in 13 second quarter points to get right back into the game.

      Unfortunately, that positive offensive flow didn’t last through the halftime break, as the Raiders, who trailed just 22-13 at the half, went into another scoring drought, and this one would cost them any chance at winning the game.

      The Comets held Anamosa scoreless through the first three minutes of the third quarter, and to just two points through the first seven minutes taking a 36-19 lead into the fourth quarter by going on a 14-6 spurt that would take control of the contest.

      Banowetz hit a three-pointer to try and keep the visitors close during the tough third quarter stretch while Claussen-Tubbs also added a hoop and Megan Decker a free throw, but the offensive struggles would continue the rest of the way as the hosts used a 21-6 fourth quarter run to close things out.

      Venenga and Banowetz each drilled two treys and tallied six points to lead the Raider offense while Claussen-Tubbs added four more.

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