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Girls basketball: Royals earn sweep of rival Raptors

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The Woodbury Royals are the queens of District 833.

East Ridge played host to crosstown and Suburban East Conference rival Woodbury on Friday. The Royals (12-7, 9-4 SEC) defeated the Raptors 56-47, after outscoring them 27-20 in the second half.

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The win made Woodbury 4-0 this year against its fellow District 833 schools East Ridge and Park.

The balanced attack from Woodbury proved to be too much in the game, as nine total players scored for the Royals. Senior forward Courtney Schiffler led the way with 11 points while sophomore guard Kayla Bilski added 10. East Ridge junior forward Jamie Swanson had a game-high 20 points, but again, it wasn't enough. Senior guard Hannah Pignato also added 10 points.

Woodbury's win came on the heels of a previous one - 77-52 at Cretin-Derham Hall on Tuesday, Jan. 29, in St. Paul.

In the win over the Raiders (8-13; 5-8 SEC), Woodbury expanded its 40-34 halftime lead with a 37-18 second half.

Woodbury senior Kristina White dominated Cretin-Derham Hall, scoring a game-high 29 points. In addition, Bilski scored 12 points and senior Marisa Olsen netted 11 points.

Prior to the intra-district showdown, the Raptors traveled to White Bear Lake (10-11, 9-4 SEC), a team that defeated them earlier this season by 16 points. The good news was the game was closer than that matchup. The bad news is East Ridge (9-11, 3-10 SEC) still lost 44-33.

Despite Swanson's 16 points, the Raptors weren't able to get things going offensively. Only five players on the team scored. White Bear Lake sophomore guard Nicole Daul matched Swanson's 16 points to lead her squad. Sophomore forward Rachel Lauer added 10.

East Ridge ended the week on a positive note, hoping to bring momentum into the next week, beating North St. Paul (2-15, 1-7 in Classic Suburban play) 60-39 on Saturday.

Swanson and Pignato both led the Raptors with 12 points.

Senior guard Rachel Hannigan led North St. Paul with 12 points, while sophomore guard Claire McNamara added 11.

On Friday, the Raptors will travel to play Hastings at 7:15 p.m., and on Saturday they will travel to play Mahtomedi (3-14, 2-6) at 2 p.m. Up next for Woodbury is Stillwater (4-16, 1-12 SEC) on Friday.

East Ridge sits in eighth place in the conference standings. Stillwater and Hastings (3-16, 0-13 SEC) are below the Raptors. Woodbury is in third place behind Roseville (20-1, 13-0 SEC) and Park (16-5, 10-3 SEC), respectively.

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