East Ridge girls basketball: Rival Wolfpack squeak past Raptors in OT
East Ridge nearly made history last week.
East Ridge has yet to beat Park since opening in 2009.
“It was a tremendously hard-fought game,” East Ridge head coach Glen Wurm said. “I thought both sides competed very hard and baskets were hard to come by for sure.”
East Ridge (3-1; 0-1 SEC) took a 20-19 lead at the half and was ahead by seven points with roughly four minutes remaining. However, Park (4-1; 1-0 SEC) came back to tie the game in regulation and scored the only two points in overtime to escape with the win.
“Knowing Park had the experience on the floor with their recent history in section finals I think they turned it up a notch and I don’t think we responded the way we needed to,” Wurm said. “We created an opportunity for ourselves, but we gave up some offensive rebounds, had some turnovers and didn’t make our free throws. Those are things we’ll learn from.”
Park senior Sydney Lamberty led the way for the Wolfpack in the win, scoring a game-high 24 points. Lamberty – a Creighton University recruit - recently became Park’s all-time leading scorer. She is averaging 24.4 points per game this season. Fellow senior Temi Ogunrinde also chipped in eight points for Park. East Ridge senior Jamie Swanson led the Raptors with a team-high 16 points. Senior forward Dai Mixon and freshman center Mariah Sexe each scored eight points for East Ridge.
“We have a pretty good mix of some younger players and some more experienced players,” Wurm said. “At this early stage in the season we’re still developing that chemistry in the group that we have and this speaks volumes to where we can go down the road.”
Park finished second in the Suburban East Conference last season, going 15-3 and 23-6 overall. The Wolfpack has reached the last two championship games in Section 3AAAA, which is also East Ridge’s section.
Despite Park’s recent success, Wurm didn’t want to call the loss a morale victory, however.
“We’re here to compete and win basketball games plain and simple,” he said. “At the same time, win or lose, we’re going to learn from our mistakes and get better. Part of that is getting experience like we had against a pretty good team. We hope to move forward from that experience and do better next time.”