Park girls basketball: Lamberty nets record 43 points in win over Cretin-Derham Hall
Sydney Lamberty keeps knocking down shots — and records — at Park High School.
Most recently, Lamberty – a senior guard – scored a Park single-game record 43 points in the Wolfpack’s 68-44 Suburban East Conference win over Cretin-Derham Hall on Friday, Jan. 3, in Cottage Grove.
The point total edged the previous record of 36 points scored by longtime teammate Larissa Lurken from last year. Earlier this season, Lamberty supplanted Lurken as Park’s all-time leading scorer.
Lamberty, who is averaging 25.4 points per game on the year, shot 7-for-9 from 3-point range and was 6-for-9 from the free throw line in the game.
“She scored in many different ways,” Park head coach Stephanie Tolkinen said. “She got a lot of good looks out of the offense coming off screens from teammates. She also had some points in transition as well.”
Park (7-3; 3-0 SEC) led just 28-24 at the half, but outscored the Raiders 40-20 in the second half.
“We made a few defensive adjustments at halftime and the kids really responded,” Tolkinen said. “I thought the kids got a little tougher as the game went on. Kids were getting good pressure on the ball and creating some turnovers that we were able to cash in on.”
Though Lamberty nearly outscored Cretin-Derham Hall (5-5; 1-2 SEC) on her own, Tolkinen called the win a “true team effort.”
With junior guard Annie Williams out with an injury, Park shuffled its lineup a bit senior guard Mikayla Jones and freshman guard Jordan Lamberty put in some quality minutes.
Jones scored seven points and center Amber Fabeck netted five points. Also, power forward Temi Ogunrinde and center Ally Gorres each chipped in four points.
“Our post players battled all night,” Tolkinen said. “Temi did a great job putting pressure on Jordyn Alt through the entire game. Alt scored 24 points but they didn’t come easy for her.”
The win by Park came off the heels of a 1-2 performance in three games at the Hopkins tournament over the holiday break.
Park opened the tourney with a 70-59 loss to Bloomington Kennedy (6-4), followed by a 59-54 win over Osseo (6-4) and a 50-32 loss to Forest Lake (7-3; 3-0 SEC).
Park travels to Mounds View to take on the Mustangs (5-5; 0-3 SEC) on Friday, Jan. 10.