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Woodbury's Marisa Olsen drives to the hoop last week against White Bear Lake.

Woodbury girls basketball: Royals win twice, will face Roseville in finale

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The Royals managed two wins last week - including one that ended a nearly four-year drought - in a grinding stretch of basketball that saw three games in five days.

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The Royals started things off by defeating Suburban East Conference nemesis White Bear Lake 43-38 on Feb. 12 in White Bear Lake, snapping an 11-game losing streak to the Bears. The win was followed by a 56-45 home loss to Forest Lake on Friday, Feb. 15, though the Royals went on to win the next day on the road against Hermantown.

Against White Bear Lake, the Royals (16-8; 11-5 SEC) took a 19-15 lead at the half and held on.

Woodbury senior Kristina White posted a game-high 19 points in the victory. Also, Kayla Bilski chipped in nine points. In all, seven players scored for the Royals.

The last time Woodbury beat the conference and section rival was on Feb. 17, 2009. White Bear Lake (11-12; 10-5 SEC) has ended Woodbury's season the last four years in the Section 4AAA playoffs.

Against Forest Lake, the Royals held a 28-25 halftime edge, but the Rangers stepped on the gas in the second half and limited Woodbury to just 17 points in that frame.

Courtney Schiffler paced the Royals' scoring attack with 15 points. White and Mikaela Hunter had 10 points apiece for Woodbury.

The Royals got back on track on Saturday, Feb. 16, against Hermantown with a 63-51. Statistics weren't available for that game.

Woodbury finished the week four games back of conference leader Roseville (15-1 SEC), who the Royals will play host to on Thursday in the season finale.

The Royals played Hastings (0-16 SEC) in a Tuesday, Feb. 19, game played after the Bulletin went to press.

The Section 4AAAA tournament begins Feb. 27.

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