Loss followed boys’ nice showing at East Ridge
It takes a complete, wire-to-wire effort to upset an elite team. The Ranger boys hung with conference-leading Woodbury for most of Friday’s game. When things unraveled, however, they unraveled fast. The host Royals ran away with an 85-50 win.
The Rangers trailed 50-39 and had the chance to trim the lead to eight with 9:00 to go, but a three-point attempt missed and Woodbury rattled off 10 straight points and finished the game on a 35-11 run.
Forest Lake limited the dynamic brother combination of Rickey and Renard Suggs to a combined nine points, but Ryan Fritze hit four three-pointers and finished with a game-high 16 points. Overall, thirteen Royals scored.
Dusty Boyer led Forest Lake with 12 points.
The Rangers had one of their best performances of the season three nights earlier at East Ridge. Forest Lake led throughout and won 55-49.
“It was a really nice game for us,” said coach Dan Cremisino. “We played the way we needed to play to win.”
All 18 of Forest Lake’s field goals came off an assist. Boyer scored 14 points and Jackson McDowell added 10. Tyler Rosenberger also scored 10 and limited Justin Pahl, the conference’s leading scorer, to nine points.
The Rangers hosted Stillwater on Tuesday and host Hastings on Friday. They travel to Mounds View next Tuesday.