The Forest Lake girls’ basketball team lost a tough one on the road last Friday to Park, 52-47.
Head coach Jen Wagner said the Rangers struggled to control the game’s pace, and were down by 13 in the second half to the team in second place in the Suburban East Conference.
“The big difference was at the start of the game,” Wagner said. “We just weren’t as focused as we were in other games. They jumped on us right away and we tried playing at a pace we weren’t comfortable with. But with that said, the kids really battled to come back.”
With just two minutes to go in the game, sophomore Sarah Jaeb hit a 15-foot jumper from the right side to tie it up at 45. But the Wolfpack proved too much for the Rangers, recording their fourth conference win in five tries.
Leading Forest Lake in scoring was junior Bailey Norby with 20 points, junior Anna Eckert with 12 points and five blocks, followed by junior Emily Peters with five..
“Anna played really well for us,” Wagner said. “Bailey put up another 20 points and is just so consistent for us that it’s kind of the standard, and you almost forget that sometimes.”
Despite a 9-3 overall record, the Rangers sit at 2-3 in the SEC with losses to No. 6 (Class AAAA) Roseville, Mounds View and now Park.
Forest Lake hosted East Ridge on Tuesday night, and has home-court advantage again at 7:15 p.m. on Friday against Woodbury, which handed Park its sole conference loss on the season.