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Four Raiders named to all-tournament team following victory over G-H-EC

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's fair to say that while Fulda's Kaitlyn Kramer was a very deserving Class A girls basketball tournament MVP, the field of potential candidates was wide open.

MINNEAPOLIS -- It's fair to say that while Fulda's Kaitlyn Kramer was a very deserving Class A girls basketball tournament MVP, the field of potential candidates was wide open.

"Kaitlyn got the MVP because she deserves it, because she's been our MVP all year," Fulda head coach Gregg Slaathaug said. "You could've picked any of our top seven girls to get MVP."

Kramer, though did earn it, capping off her tournament run with 11 points and four rebounds to help the Raiders claim their first Class A title with a 57-49 victory Saturday against Granada-Huntley-East Chain.

Kaitlyn Kramer, who averaged 19 points in the three games, was named to the all-tournament team with teammates Sam Raddle, Sarah Raddle and Laura Kramer for their efforts during the tournament, which started with a blowout victory against Fosston, and ended with a pair of tough victories against Ada-Borup and G-H-EC.

Kaitlyn first felt the reality of winning the championship sink in late in the game when Slaathaug pulled everyone off the foul line, conceding any defensive rebounds in the final minute.

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"That was when I was, 'Oh, my gosh!'" she said.

As for the final few seconds, when Slaathaug pulled all five starters out to give them a fitting sendoff, Kramer -- tongue firmly planted in cheek -- wished she could've stayed on the floor.

"I said, 'Leave us on,'" she said. "He said, 'Nope.'"

For Laura, the victory came one day after her offensive rebound and basket helped ice the victory against Ada-Borup. She added it doesn't feel like the season is over, that the players should all be having practice this morning.

"It doesn't feel like it's over already," she said.

"Everything went so fast."

Sam Raddle, who delivered a game-high 19 points, knew when she went up to the line down the stretch that she was going to come through.

"I was confident on the free-throw line," Raddle noted. "When I was up there, I knew right away that they were going to be good."

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From the start of the state tournament Thursday, the Raiders seemed supremely confident in their ability to claim the title. It was a feeling Raddle confirmed was around on the first day, playing inside Williams Arena.

"The first game we felt very comfortable playing on that floor," she said. "The second game, we were a little bit nervous playing on the Timberwolves' floor."

The victory also caps off the careers of two seniors, Nicole Gunderman and Brittany Goedtke. Raddle noted how good it felt to send those two upperclasswomen out with a state title.

"They wanted it so bad, and we wanted to win the championship in their last game," she said. "We're really going to miss them. They're a lot of fun to play ball with."

But with that said, Fulda returns 12 players - including four starters - in the hope of winning back-to-back state titles. Slaathaug knows he would enjoy to come back and win another title, but he also realizes it will be a very difficult task.

"We'd love to be back here, but the stars have to align to make a run like this. We won seven or eight games in a row during the tournament to get here. Things have to fall into place, and you've got to stay injury free."

But for now, the team isn't interested in thinking about trying to repeat.

They're more interested in celebrating.

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