FL girls edged out by Park

Basketball team loses at home, 69-59

 

Junior Anna Eckert lays in a basket during the second half of last Friday’s game against Park. Eckert scored 17 points on the night. Leading scorer, junior Bailey Norby, had 23. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Junior Anna Eckert lays in a basket during the second half of last Friday’s game against Park. Eckert scored 17 points on the night. Leading scorer, junior Bailey Norby, had 23. (Photo by Kat Ladwig)

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

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.

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