Sports Notebook for February 10Abundant hoops action on Tuesday as Royals split with Raiders; Crusaders sweep Eagles; Wolfpack girls top Raptors.
Hoops, hoops and more hoops on Tuesday night as all the basketball teams from Woodbury-based schools were in action on Tuesday night against conference and non-conference opponents.
WHS Girls Basketball
The Woodbury girls basketball team stomped Hastings in "The Lion's Den," nearly tripling-up on the Raiders in winning, 61-22, for its fourth victory in a row. Forward Mary Kroening led all scorers with 13 points, with guard Michelle Young logging 11 points.
It was a dominant defensive effort for the hosts as the Royals held their visitors to just eight points in the first half and did not allow a single Raiders player more than six points in the contest. With the win, Woodbury improved to 15-6 overall and 10-3 in Suburban East Conference matchups this season.
WHS Boys Basketball
News was not nearly as good for the Woodbury boys cagers as Hastings dropped a 25-point loss on the Royals to sweep the season series between the clubs in a 67-42 final.
No Royals player mustered more than Nick Quicksell's eight points as the Raiders smothered visiting WHS in taking a 32-15 halftime lead en route to the lopsided result.
The loss was the second in a row for Woodbury, who dropped to 6-12 overall and 4-7 in SEC play.
ERHS Girls Basketball
It was unlucky loss No. 13 in a row for the East Ridge girls basketball team as Park topped the Raptors, 63-39, in Cottage Grove to sweep the intra-district season series.
Individual results from the contest were not currently available.
East Ridge fell to 2-19 overall in the loss and is 0-13 in the SEC.
NLA Boys, Girls Hoops
Both New Life Academy basketball teams fell in back-to-back contests at St. Croix Lutheran, with the girls losing 68-47 and the boys dropping a 74-69 result.
The Lady Eagles' four-game winning streak came to an end against the Crusaders despite 21 points from guard Danielle Schmidt and 18 from forward Cara Lutes. St. Croix Lutheran is ranked fourth in Class AA and had lost just once coming into the contest. New Life fell to 10-10 overall with the non-conference defeat.
The New Life boys suffered yet another narrow loss against Lutheran, coming up five points short in dropping its fourth-straight game in spite of the efforts of forward Kory Kiekhofer, who led all scorers with 28 points.
The Eagles boys led their hosts by two points at the half, yet the Crusaders rallied in the second half to take the slim victory.
The defeat was the fourth of the last six New Life setbacks to occur by less than five points.
Girls hockey playoffs begin tonight
The South Washington County girls hockey team begins the Section 3AA playoffs tonight with a trip to Hastings for a 7:15 p.m. start.
The Royal Raptors (9-10-6) are seeded seventh in the section and face the second-seeded Raiders (15-7-3) for the third time this season. The Woodbury/East Ridge conglomerate is as of yet undefeated against Hastings this season, having tied the Raiders, 0-0, at the Bielenberg Sports Center on Dec. 18 before claiming a 2-1 victory at the Hastings Civic Arena on Jan. 29.
Tonight's victor advances to face either No. 3 Burnsville or No. 6 Eastview at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13 at the Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Inver Grove Heights.