East Ridge girls basketball: Raptors upset Rangers, blow out Polars
The East Ridge girls basketball team had a six-game win streak snapped by intra-district and Suburban East Conference rival Park last week, but bounced back with a pair of impressive wins.
East Ridge (12-4; 6-4 SEC) fell 51-40 to Park on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Cottage Grove – its first loss since Jan. 10 at White Bear Lake.
Park, ranked ninth in Class AAAA, stayed undefeated by East Ridge since the Woodbury-based school opened its doors in 2009.
Park (13-4; 9-1 SEC) took a 25-17 halftime lead on the Raptors, then outscored East Ridge 26-23 in the second half to cruise to the 11-point win.
Park senior guard Sydney Lamberty scored a team-high 21 points and senior forward Temi Ogunrinde netted 11 points in the Wolfpack’s win.
East Ridge senior Jamie Swanson led the Raptors (12-4; 6-4 SEC) with a game-high 24 points.
East Ridge rebounded from the loss with a 47-43 win over Forest Lake on Friday, Jan. 31, and a 63-23 pounding of North St. Paul in a non-conference road game on Saturday, Feb. 1.
Against Forest Lake, East Ridge took a 6-point halftime lead and held on for the 4-point win over the Rangers (14-5; 9-2 SEC).
“Our girls played very solid defensively versus Forest Lake,” East Ridge head coach Glen Wurm said. “Neither team shot particularly well, which placed an even greater emphasis on defense and rebounding. It was a hard-fought win.”
Swanson led the way with 15 points, Amanda Robinson scored nine points and Dai Mixson and Maraih Sexe each chipped in seven points.
Forest Lake senior center and Creighton recruit Bailey Norby had a game-high 20 points.
The following day, East Ridge held North St. Paul (4-15; 3-5 Classic Suburban) to just nine first-half points, while scoring 35 in the first half in a 40-point win over the Polars.
Ten different players scored in the win for the Raptors. Swanson had a game-high 13 points. Sexe scored 11 points and Emma Stoehr and Taylor Persche each chipped in 10 points.
Next, East Ridge welcomes Roseville (15-3; 7-3 SEC) to The Perch on Wednesday, before traveling to rival Woodbury (5-12; 2-9 SEC) on Friday.
Following the two games, East Ridge will bring Farmington to town on Saturday, in what East Ridge is calling its Dedication Game. On that day, East Ridge players choose an influential person in their life to dedicate their efforts too. The bigger story for Wurm is how it fits into his team’s motto this season of “For those who can’t.”
“Bottom line is that this team is playing with a purpose and motivation that reaches far beyond the basketball court,” Wurm said.