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Park junior Annie Williams goes up for a shot as East Ridge’s Jamie Swanson defends. The Wolfpack beat the Raptors 51-40. (Submitted photo by Scott Briggs)

Park girls basketball: Wolfpack edge East Ridge, lose first conference game

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An up-and-down week saw the Park girls basketball team take down rival East Ridge for a second time this season before the Wolfpack lost its grip on first place in the Suburban East Conference with a 61-59 defeat by Roseville.

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Park, ranked ninth in Class AAAA, stayed undefeated by East Ridge since the Woodbury-based school opened its doors in 2009 with a 51-40 win Jan. 28, in Cottage Grove.

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.

Following the win, Roseville (15-3; 7-3 SEC) handed Park its first conference loss of the year as the Raiders won in comeback fashion Jan. 31.

Park led by 10 points, 33-23, at the half. However, Roseville outscored the Wolfpack 38-26 in the second half to escape Cottage Grove with the win.

Lamberty netted a team-high 20 points and Ogunrinde scored 14 points. Also, junior guard Annie Williams chipped in eight points.

Monica Burich led Roseville with a game-high 22 points.

The loss knotted Park with White Bear Lake at the top of the conference standings, making this Thursday’s game with the fifth-ranked Bears a big game.

The Wolfpack tip off at White Bear Lake (17-1; 9-1 SEC) at 7:15 p.m., they are at Cretin-Derham Hall (9-9; 5-6 SEC) on Friday.

—Patrick Johnson

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