Woodbury splits opening setRoyals girls hoop troop tops Rockets, falls to Skippers.
By: Tom Carothers, Woodbury Bulletin
One up and one down for the Woodbury girls basketball team as the Royals claimed an easy win over Rochester-John Marshall in the season opener last week before narrowly falling to Minnetonka over the weekend.
All 17 WHS players saw court time, with 11 scoring, as the Royals surged past the Rockets, 75-35 on Tuesday, Dec. 1 in Rochester.
"After the first 10 minutes the girls turned up the defensive pressure and earned numerous steals or possessions off turnovers," coach Dave Preller said.
Forward Mary Kroening logged 16 points and 10 rebounds, while freshman guard Kristina White notched 15 points and six steals.
Woodbury scored nearly as many points versus the Skippers on Saturday, Dec. 5 in the Breakdown girls Tip-Off Classic in Hopkins on Saturday, Dec. 5...
...Problem was, Minnetonka more-than doubled John Marshall’s output in handing the Royals a 73-68 setback.
“That is a lot of points for us, enough to win which is a positive from the game,” Preller said. “But we hardly ever give up that many.”
Minnetonka entered the game as the No. 11-ranked club in Class AAAA, one spot ahead of Woodbury. The game played out as such with 14 lead changes and frenetic play being displayed by both sides.
“They would get up and we would catch up, even go ahead, just back and forth, a real test early in the year,” Preller said. “An excellent game from which we will learn a lot and it will make us better for the rest of the season.”
Woodbury went 20-for-24 from the free-throw line, with Minnetonka going 13-for-20 from the charity stripe. The Skippers made six three-pointers, with the Royals hitting four.
Preller noted the major difference was an inability to answer Skippers star Katy Winge, who scored 22 points in the contest — including the final eight for her team.
“We did not get enough defensive stops – especially late in the game,” Preller said. “Just a fine line of them getting too good a look at the basket where we have to be tougher defensively.”
Guard Michelle Young led Woodbury with 22 points, with Megan Stromen contributing 17 points, Kroening 14 and White eight.
The Royals hosted their first home game of the season on Tuesday, Dec. 8 as Tartan visited “The Lion’s Den” after the Bulletin went to press.