Ranger girls pick up two road wins

Basketball team improves to 18 - 6

 

Kat Ladwig
Sports Editor

The Ranger basketball girls earned a pair of wins on the road lastweek against East Ridge and Woodbury, beating both squads by more than 10 points.

In the 56-45 victory over the Royals on Friday night, senior Angie Frericks and junior Anna Eckert led the Rangers with 13 points. Frericks went 3-3 from beyond the arc while Eckert earned a standout double-double with 14 rebounds.

Junior Bailey Norby scored 11 for the Rangers while sophomore Sarah Jaeb contribued eight points and five steals and was “huge defensively for us,” according to head coach Jen Wagner.

In the 59-41 win over the Raptors on Tuesday night, Norby led the team in scoring with 14 points while Eckert and Frericks each contributed 10.

Wagner said both wins stemmed from team effort.

“As a team, we played tough defense and executed well on the offensive end,” Wagner said. “In our win at Woodbury, we were able to switch defenses and disrupt their offense.”

Forest Lake is currently 18-6 overall, representing two more wins than last season’s total, with one regular-season game left to play this Friday against Hastings.

While the Raiders sit at the bottom of the Suburban East Conference, Wagner said her girls need to stay focused to get the win and prepare for post-season play.

“The girls understand the importance of playing to our potential regardless of the opponent,” Wagner said. “We have to make sure we stay sharp this last week of conference play, preparing for the section games.”

The Rangers hosted Stillwater on Tuesday night, and play Hastings at home at 7:15 p.m. on Friday. Section play is set to begin on Thursday, Feb. 28.

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