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Girls Basketball: Woodbury, New Life Academy has a strong week

Carley West looks up at the basket as she prepares to take a shot. Woodbury defeated River Falls on Thursday, Jan. 3 with a 72-67 final score at Woodbury High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 3
Solape Amusan scored nine points on Thursday, Jan. 3 as Woodbury defeated River Falls 72-67 at Woodbury High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 3
Alexandrya Paulson drives to the basket as Woodbury defeats Park 64-33 on Friday, Jan. 4 at Woodbury High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 3 / 3

Saturday

Simley 54, East Ridge 46

It was a close game between East Ridge and Simley on Saturday, but Simley took home the victory with a 54-46 final score.

Chloe Stoehr led the Raptors with 13 points, while Grace Bennett finished the game with 10 points.

The loss brings East Ridge's record down to 4-7 on the season as the Raptors host in-town rival Woodbury on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

Friday

Woodbury 64, Park 33

It was rivalry night at the Lions Den in Woodbury High School as Woodbury and Park squared off for girls basketball.

The Royals took advantage of some early turnovers by Park to take a 24-19 lead heading into the half. Then, it was all Woodbury in the second half as the Royals outscored the Wolfpack 40-14 in the second half.

Woodbury won the rivalry game on Friday night with a 64-33 final score.

Woodbury had three players reach double digits in points with Carley West leading the team at 15 points. Solape Amusan was right behind her with 14 points, while Lizzy Dodge finished the night with 11 points.

Park had three players led the team each with eight points. Those three include Ashanti Boykin, Justine Jameson and Saren Croker.

The win for Woodbury improves its record to 5-5 on the season as the Royals prepare for another rivalry game as they travel to East Ridge on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

The loss for Park brings its record down to 1-10 on the season as the Wolfpack prepares to host Roseville on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

New Life Academy 56, Trinity 36

It was a close first half as New Life Academy led 29-26, but the Eagles were soaring in the second half to take the 56-36 win over Trinity on Friday night.

The Eagles had two players score in double digits as Carly Hager led the team with 17 points and Bethany Brocker was right behind her with 16 points.

The win improves New Life's record to 5-3 on the season as the Eagles travel to Maranatha on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at 7:30 p.m.

Stillwater 75, East Ridge 26

Stillwater took the lead and continued extending it on Friday night as the Ponies defeated East Ridge 75-26.

Josie Dorf and Chloe Stoehr led the Raptors with six points each.

The loss brings East Ridge's record down to 4-6 on the season as the Raptors travel to Simley on Saturday, Jan. 5 at 2 p.m.

Thursday

Woodbury 72, River Falls 67

It was a team win for Woodbury on Thursday night as the Royals defeated River Falls at home with a 72-67 final score.

"Every player contributed to this win and they worked really well as a team to earn this win," said head coach Megan Kirchenwitz. "It was a great home win."

The Royals started the scoring early in the game as they took a lead to start the game. River Falls had its own streak to start the game as well, but Kirchenwitz let her players continue to play their game without calling a timeout.

It worked to the Royals advantage as they kept pushing the pace and scored a handful of baskets to extend their lead.

"Basketball is a game of runs, so you can't get worried when the other team has a streak of scoring," Kirchenwitz said. "Our players took a second and worked together to extend our lead, which was great to see."

Woodbury had four players reach in double digits for points with Alexandrya Paulson leading the Royals with 15 points. Lizzy Dodge and Katie Vaske each finished the night with 14 points, while Callie Mundahl ended with 12 points.

It was a collective team effort to earn the win, but Woodbury has a quick turnaround as the Royals prepare for one of its Suburban East Conference rivals.

Woodbury will host Park on Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m. as the Royals look to win their first conference game of the season. Woodbury has an overall record of 4-5 this season including the win on Thursday night.

"We just need to carry our momentum from Thursday into Friday's game," Kirchenwitz said. "We are looking forward to the game on Friday night."

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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