FL girls edged out by Park
Basketball team loses at home, 69-59
The Forest Lake girls let one slip away at home against during the Rangers Pink Night last Friday, falling 69-59.
Junior Bailey Norby helped carry the team through the first half with back-to-back layups after forcing two Park turnovers to close an early 12-point deficit.
The Rangers inched back in, and with a two-point lead at 25-23, Norby hit a three-pointer from the right baseline to put the Rangers up five with five minutes to go in the half.
A couple of plays later, senior Angie Frericks helped force another Wolfpack turnover and took the ball downcourt for a lay in and a made free throw after being fouled.
But the and-one wasn’t enough to keep the Wolfpack down, as the visiting team hit a last-minute jumper to take a 33-31 lead with 23 seconds to go until halftime.
Norby took control again off an inbound pass and penetrated the lane for a five-footer to tie it up at 33 just seconds before the break.
Junior Anna Eckert got in the mix for the Rangers in the second half and made a living off the blocks She scored to put her team in the lead at 39-38 against the sharpshooting Wolfpack.
The teams would tie it up with nine minutes to go at 46.
Forest Lake would not regain the lead despite three-point buckets by both Eckert and sophomore Hanna Vidlund to keep the score close.
Park sits at No. 2 in the Suburban East Conference with an overall record of 17-5 (11-3 in the SEC). Forest Lake is now 16-6 overall (8-6 in the SEC) and stands fifth in the conference.
The Rangers traveled to East Ridge on Tuesday night and hit the road again on Friday for a 7:15 p.m. matchup against Woodbury.