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Woodbury girls basketball: Royals beat White Bear Lake, reach section final

The Woodbury girls basketball team beat White Bear Lake on Saturday in the Section 4AAAA playoffs, three days after beating Mahtomedi, to advance to the section championship game and a chance at the state tournament.1 / 2
Woodbury first-year head coach Nathan McGuire has the Royals in the section championship - and one win away from the state tournament.2 / 2

Last week, the Woodbury girls basketball team got some payback. Now, the Royals will see if they can go all the way.

Woodbury beat nemesis White Bear Lake on Saturday in the Section 4AAAA playoffs, three days after beating Mahtomedi, to advance to the section championship game and a chance at the state tournament.

White Bear Lake had ended Woodbury's season the past four years. However, the Royals took down the Bears 61-58 in the section semifinal, held at East Ridge High School. Woodbury also beat the Bears 43-38 earlier this season. In the playoff game, Woodbury (19-9) took a slim, 32-29 lead on White Bear Lake (14-13) and held on for the victory.

Woodbury senior Kristina White led all players in scoring with a game-high 21 points. Fellow senior Courtney Schiffler scored 12 points and Marisa Olsen, Mikaela Hunter and Elizabeth Sampson chipped in eight points each.

On Wednesday, in the playoff opener at Woodbury High School, Woodbury made quick work of Mahtomedi (4-21). Led by a game-high 24 points from White, the Royals won 64-52, opening up a 42-18 lead on the Zephyrs and never looking back. In addition to White, Schiffler netted 10 points and Sampson kicked in seven points.

The wins earned Woodbury a date with sixth-ranked St. Paul Central on Thursday, March 7, at East Ridge High School. The Minutemen (25-4) beat the Royals 44-41 way back on Nov. 30 in the second game of the season.

Woodbury has 11 state tournament appearances, with the last coming in 2004. The Royals won the state championship in 2003.

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