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

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)

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.

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

Patrick Johnson
Patrick Johnson has been the South Washington County Bulletin’s sports editor since 2008. He reports on and oversees coverage of high school and amateur sports in south Washington County and Woodbury. Prior to joining the Bulletin, Johnson worked for other Twin Cities suburban newspapers. He is a University of Minnesota graduate.
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