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Girls Basketball: Woodbury wins rivalry game over East Ridge

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Carley West leads Woodbury with 15 points on Tuesday, Jan. 8 as the Royals defeat East Ridge 52-48 at East Ridge High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 5
Madalyn Slavin drives the lane for a basket as East Ridge loses a close game to Woodbury 52-48 on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at East Ridge High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 5
Katie Vaske goes into the lane for a shot. Woodbury defeated East Ridge 52-48 on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at East Ridge High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 4 / 5
Chloe Stoehr led the Raptors with 13 points as East Ridge fell to Woodbury 52-48 on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at East Ridge High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 5 / 5

Saturday

Hastings 61, Woodbury 59

It came down to the final seconds of the game, but Hastings finished on top with a 61-59 win over Woodbury on Saturday afternoon.

Woodbury finished the first half with a 28-25 lead, but Hastings won the second half with a 36-31 score.

Lizzy Dodge led the Royals with 12 points, but Alexandrya Paulson and Solape Amusan each recorded 10 points in the game.

Farmington 53, East Ridge 30

East Ridge hosted undefeated Farmington on Saturday afternoon and the Tigers showed why they’re undefeated with a 53-30 win over the Raptors.

Madalyn Slavin led the Raptors with 12 points, while Kate Burns finished just behind her with eight points.

The loss brings East Ridge’s record down to 4-10 on the season.

Friday

White Bear Lake 56, Woodbury 45

The winning streak came to an end on Friday night for Woodbury as the Royals fell to White Bear Lake with a 56-45 final score.

Solape Amusan had a strong game leading the Royals with 19 points, while Lizzy Dodge finished the game with eight points.

Roseville 48, East Ridge 20

Roseville took a commanding lead on Friday night with a 29-7 score at the half. That lead stuck with Roseville as East Ridge fell 48-20.

Madalyn Slavin and Chloe Stoehr each led the Raptors with five points, while Kate Burns and Ella Stegeman each scored four points.

Tuesday

Woodbury 52, East Ridge 48

It was a big night in the city of Woodbury as Woodbury and East Ridge squared off for a girls basketball rivalry game.

It was a back-and-forth game between the two teams as Woodbury gained a 22-21 lead at the half. That tight game stayed the same in the second half, but the Royals finished on top with a 52-48 victory over the Raptors.

"This is always a game we look forward to in the season," said Carley West. "It's nice to earn the win for our team and our high school."

This win extends Woodbury's win streak to four games as the Royals prepare for the conference season. West was the lead scorer for the Royals on Tuesday night with 15 points, but this win streak has allowed many players to score points.

"It's been a whole team effort for us to be on this winning streak," said head coach Megan Kirchenwitz. "It's not only been point leaders, but key rebounds and assists that have helped us win these games."

The Royals have had almost two or three players reaching double digits in points each game during this win streak and same happened on Tuesday night. West led the team with 15 points, but Alexandrya Paulson was right behind her with 14 points.

West led the team against Park with 15 points, but Paulson led the team with 15 points against River Falls. Finally, West and Solape Amusan each scored 20 points against St. Francis to start their winning streak.

"We started focusing on our team rather than the opponent," Paulson said. "Once we started doing that in practice, we were able to work together better and start this winning streak."

The streak started at the right time for the Royals as they prepare for the toughest part of their season. The conference season is coming up and the players and coaches know how difficult the Suburban East Conference can be game in and game out.

"This is a confidence boost for us heading into conference play," Kirchenwitz said. "We just need to keep building from these games and that will help us over the next couple months of play."

East Ridge had a strong game with scoring from many different players. Chloe Stoehr led the Raptors with 13 points.

Ella Stegeman and Britt Carlson each scored nine points, while Grace Bennett and Kate Burns finished the night with six points each.

The loss brings East Ridge's record down to 4-8 as the Raptors travel to Roseville on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

The win for Woodbury improves its record to 6-5 on the season as the Royals host White Bear Lake on Friday, Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Maranatha 96, New Life Academy 32

It was a dominating night by Maranatha as the Mustangs scored 65 points in the first half and defeated New Life Academy 96-32 on Tuesday night.

Carly Hager led the Eagles with 11 points, while Kaitlyn Groeneweg finished the night with six points.

The loss brings New Life's record down to 5-4 on the season as the Eagles host St. Croix Prep on Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6 p.m.

Brian Mozey

I am the sports writer for the Woodbury Bulletin and South Washington County Bulletin. I'm a graduate from the Greenlee School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Iowa State University and have always had a passion for sports since a young age. Whether it was watching or playing sports, I always knew sports would be in my career. I've been born and raised in the suburbs of Minneapolis and look forward to continuing to learn more about the Woodbury and Cottage Grove area throughout my time in this position. 

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