Win streak at five for Ranger girls

The Rangers girls’ basketball team added three more wins to an undefeated record last week at the expense of Cambridge-Isanti, North St. Paul and Chisago Lakes.

Head coach Jen Wagner was absent in the win over Cambridge-Isanti last Tuesday, but heard her team handled the Bluejackets without too much trouble, winning 65-49. Junior Bailey Norby led the Rangers on offense with 23 points.

Forest Lake traveled to North St. Paul on Thursday, winning again with ease, 55-31. The Polars are 0-3 right now and have yet to commence conference play in the Classic Suburban Conference.

“North St. Paul just didn’t have the size or the height,” Wagner said. “I don’t think they were as tough a team as we had anticipated.”

Forest Lake came back the next night and beat Chisago Lakes at home on Friday, 59-48. According to Wagner, Chisago Lakes had weapons, including 6’5” center Bryanna Fernstrom, who contributed on offense as well as camped out in the middle of the Wildcat 1-3-1 zone defense. Despite solid scoring runs from the opposition, Forest Lake maintained control of the game for the 11-point win.

“The kids went out there and anytime they went on a scoring run, our girls would hit a big shot to knock them back down,” Wagner said. “It was impressive.”

This time, junior Anna Eckert took the reins on offense, contributing 20 points for the Rangers, who are now tied for first in the SEC at 5-0 with East Ridge in terms of overall record.

Forest Lake traveled to Mounds View on Tuesday night for its first conference game. The Mustangs are 3-2 overall. The Rangers next face White Bear Lake at 7:15 p.m. at home on Friday.