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Royals top Stillwater, advance to section semis

Woodbury's Renard Suggs gets a slam-dunk on a fast break Wednesday against Stillwater. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker1 / 2
Royals guard Rickey Suggs drives his way to two of his 25 points on the night against Stillwater. Bulletin photo by Mike Longaecker2 / 2

Woodbury advanced Wednesday to the Section 4AAAA semifinals with a convincing win over Stillwater.

The Royals topped the Suburban East Conference foe 79-56 in section quarterfinals, which sets the stage for a pairing with another SEC contender: White Bear Lake. The Bears upset No. 2-seeded Tartan Wednesday in a 53-50 win.

Both section semifinal games will be played Saturday night at East Ridge High School. Woodbury and White Bear Lake play the first game, set for a 6 p.m. tip-off.

The Royals beat White Bear Lake in their two regular season match-ups.

Wednesday night's action ensured the outcome of an SEC team winning the section. Roseville topped North St. Paul 73-55 and Mounds View dropped Mahtomedi 73-53.

The Royals utilized their trademark up-tempo game - paired with a smothering defense - to earn the win over Stillwater at home.

Woodbury senior guard Rickey Suggs led all scorers with 25 points. His brother, junior guard Renard Suggs, added 13 points. A total of 11 Woodbury players recorded points in the game.

Mike Longaecker
Mike Longaecker is the regional public safety reporter for RiverTown Multimedia. His coverage area spans St. Croix and Pierce counties. Longaecker served from 2011-2015 as editor of the Woodbury Bulletin. A University of Wisconsin-River Falls graduate, Longaecker previously reported for the Red Wing Republican Eagle and for the Forum Communications Minnesota Capitol Bureau. You can follow him on Twitter at @Longaecker
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