Huge swings dictated Forest Lake’s finish at the Rogers Holiday Classic last week. The basketball girls erased an 11-point halftime deficit to beat the host Royals on Wednesday, then blew a 14-point halftime advantage against Anoka in the next evening’s championship game.
In the latter, Forest Lake jumped out to a 32-18 lead at the break. The Tornadoes employed a zone in the second half. While the Ranger offense misfired, Anoka got hot from the field and also made 19 free throws. The final score was 56-48.
“We had a difficult time making adjustments and getting high-percentage shots,” said coach Jen Wagner. “I was disappointed in myself for not calling more timeouts and making the adjustments that needed to happen.”
Micah McGuiness had a team-high 12 points.
In the opener, Forest Lake exploded for 40 second-half points and won 55-46. A 7-0 run out of the locker room put the Rangers right back in the game. Bailey Norby led the charge, both emotionally and with 17 points.
“We really came out in the first half like we’d been on winter break,” Wagner said. “…In the second half, they really understood those things that transcended into making plays.”
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