The Ranger girls’ basketball team had an off night on Friday and came home from Park on the wrong end of a 64-23 dismantling.
It was not merely a matter of cold-shooting; Forest Lake had trouble running its offense and even getting shots off against Park’s matchup zone defense.
“We had difficulty getting to the spots we needed to get to on the floor and making the passes,” said coach Jen Wagner. “They played aggressive, in-your-face defense and are a guard-dominated team.”
The efficiency of the Wolfpack compounded Forest Lake’s problems. Standout junior guard Larissa Lurken scored 29 points and Park missed only two free throws.
“It was just tough because we couldn’t do anything right, on top of the fact they did everything right,” Wagner said.
Sophomore Bailey Norby scored 16 points for the Rangers, who totaled just eight points in the second half.
The win kept Park tied for the lead atop the Suburban East Conference. Eighth-ranked White Bear Lake and No. 9 Roseville are also 12-2 in league play.
Forest Lake is 6-8 in the SEC and 11-11 overall with four games remaining. The Rangers hosted East Ridge on Tuesday and welcome Woodbury on Friday. They travel to Stillwater next Tuesday.
“Regardless of wins and losses right now, we have to not have this type of feeling after we play,” Wagner said.