The Ranger girls basketball team opened its home game on Friday with a show. Forest Lake kept Woodbury scoreless during a 14-0 shooting spree through the first four minutes despite full-court pressure from the Royals off the bat.
After winning the tip the Rangers went 5-5 on offensive attacks including two near three-point plays (one missed free throw) by junior Bailey Norby off passes from the right baseline from junior Anna Eckert and sophomore Hanna Vidlund, who also contributed a three during the run. The girls would need the cushion, as the Royals hammered back within three minutes to keep the score close at 18-15.
Following a power drive and lay-up for two by Eckert, the Rangers fought some foul trouble, which led to the substitution of the junior guard just eight minutes in.
Forest Lake’s depth off the bench proved necessary, and sophomore Abby Moeller helped ignite the offense again by hitting a three to put the Ranger lead back to five at 22-17.
It remained a tight game. With the score at 32-28, a Woodbury guard committed an intentional foul on Vidlund, swinging momentum back to the Rangers, who headed to the locker room, leading 38-31.
Forest Lake held on to win 60-54.
Leading the offense was Norby with 18 points, followed by Eckert with 11 and Vidlund and junior Emily Peters with 10 each.
The girls also defeated East Ridge at home last Tuesday 55-39, and were led in scoring by Eckert with 12, Norby and Peters with 10, senior Angie Frericks with seven and Moeller with six.
Through 14 games, Forest Lake category leaders include Norby averaging 19.9 points per game and 7.1 rebounds. Eckert averages 9.1 PPG, 6.8 rebounds and 2.4 steals per game for the Rangers, followed by Peters with 8.2 PPG and Vidlund averaging 7.4 PPG.
Forest Lake’s record stands at 11-3 overall. At 4-3 in Suburban East Conference play, the Rangers trail No. 5 Roseville (13-1, 7-0) and Park, Mounds View and White Bear Lake, who are each 5-2 in the conference.
The Rangers went up against Stillwater on the road on Tuesday night, and travel to Hastings tonight, Jan. 17 to face a winless Raider squad.