FL moves up in SEC

Girls notch pair of conference basketball wins

The thrill of the Ranger girls’ basketball team’s two-win week in Suburban East Conference play was curbed a bit by a close loss to a section foe on Saturday.

The Rangers headed up to Duluth East on Saturday on an emotional high following wins over East Ridge and Woodbury. The coaching staff tried to guard against a letdown, as a similar situation played out in last year’s big road trip north. Again, though, Forest Lake made too many mistakes to leave with a win. The Greyhounds improved to 9-4 with the 68-59 victory.

“Ultimately, we just had some really key turnovers and some really silly mistakes,” said coach Jen Wagner.

Duluth East used good post defense and quick guard play to overcome a second-half deficit. Forest Lake hurt itself with missed free throws and 22 turnovers.

If the Rangers were sluggish on Saturday, they were razor-sharp the night before. In winning 56-48, they beat Woodbury for the first time since 2007-08.

“The kids were excited about that,” Wagner said. “Coach [Roger] Keller and I were talking on the way to Duluth how, by far, it was one of the best performances we’ve had in three years.”

In the total team effort, Forest Lake was able to counteract the Woodbury zone and find open shots.

Bailey Norby had a team-high 18 points and Micah McGuiness chipped in 11. Woodbury’s Kristina White had a game-high 33.

The week began with a 59-43 road win at East Ridge. Norby and Sam Anderson controlled the paint as the Rangers led from early on.

Forest Lake (8-7, 3-4 in SEC) returns home for a pair of games this week. Stillwater came to town on Tuesday and Hastings visits on Friday. Next Tuesday brings a road trip to Mounds View.