Woodbury girls basketball: Royals gain No. 2 seed in section playoffsThe Woodbury girls basketball split a pair of Suburban East Conference games last week to close out the regular season, then began to look ahead to this week’s playoffs.
By: Patrick Johnson, sports editor, Woodbury Bulletin
The Woodbury girls basketball split a pair of Suburban East Conference games last week to close out the regular season, then began to look ahead to this week’s playoffs.
Woodbury (17-9; 12-6 SEC) beat Hastings (4-22;0-18 SEC) 58-29 on Tuesday, then fell to Roseville 75-53 on Thursday.
In the regular-season finale, Woodbury couldn’t solve No. 4 Roseville at the Lion’s Den. The Raiders (24-2; 17-1) opened up a 10-point halftime lead on the Royals and never looked back. The final score was 75-53 in favor of Roseville, which won the SEC championship crown.
Nine different players scored for Woodbury in the game. Senior guard Kristina White netted a team-high 18 points. Fellow senior guard Marisa Olsen dropped eight points and sophomore Kayla Bilski scored seven points.
Jacqulyn Poss led all scorers in the game with 19 points for Roseville.
Woodbury starts the Section 4AAAA playoffs this week as the No. 2 seed. Sixth-ranked St. Paul Central (23-4) is the No. 1 seed. Longtime nemesis White Bear Lake (13-13) is the No. 3 seed. Woodbury opens the playoffs on Wednesday at home against seventh-seeded Mahtomedi (4-21). A win over the Zephyrs would pit the Royals against either White Bear Lake or sixth-seeded Stillwater (6-20). The Bears have ended Woodbury’s season the past four years. However, the Royals took down White Bear Lake 43-38 earlier this season.