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Girls Basketball: Woodbury wins a crosstown game against Park

Alexandrya Paulson cuts between two defenders and goes in for a lay-up on Friday, Feb. 8 as Woodbury wins 65-56 at Park High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 1 / 2
Solape Amusan led the Royals with 16 points on Friday, Feb. 8 as Woodbury won 65-56 at Park High School. Brian Mozey / RiverTown Multimedia 2 / 2

Friday

Woodbury 65, Park 56

It was a game of runs for both teams on Friday as Woodbury and Park went head-to-head for a second time this season.

Woodbury finished the game on the last run, which resulted in a 65-56 win for the Royals.

"Basketball is a game of runs and we were just fortunate enough to come out with the win," said Woodbury's Solape Amusan.

Before the game started, the two teams came together to recognize Megan Diediker, a Park teacher who's battling breast cancer, in their Coaches vs. Cancer game.

The Wolfpack have had this game for a number of years in their program and this season Woodbury joined them to raise money for this recognition night.

"It's amazing how two teams can come together for a cause bigger than basketball," said Park's Saren Croker. "It brings both the Cottage Grove and Woodbury communities together for a great cause."

Once tip-off happened at Park High School, the two teams competed against each other to the very end. Woodbury started off the game with a run of its own as the Royals pressured Park early.

The Royals went to their full-court defense in the beginning and that stayed strong for the first few minutes. Then, fouls began to hit Woodbury and the Royals had to stop the full-court pressure.

Once that happened, Park started catching a run and made it a four-point game at the half as Woodbury led 32-28.

"We want to use our players athleticism, so the full-court defense works well," said Woodbury head coach Megan Kirchenwitz. "We just need to limit our fouls on full-court defense."

In the second half, the runs were shorter for each team and Woodbury finished the game with the last run. Park head coach Stephanie Tolkinen said the Wolfpack had confidence and momentum coming out of the half from the run to end the first half.

That confidence led to a back-and-forth second half between the two teams, but Woodbury finished with a 33-28 score in the second to take home the victory.

"The girls had a good game and worked really well together," Tolkinen said. "It was a game of runs and Woodbury had one more run than us to get the win."

Park and Woodbury each had three players reach double digits in points.

For the Royals, Amusan led the team with 16 points. West also ended the night with 13 points, while Lizzy Dodge ended with 12 points.

For the Wolfpack, Justine Jameson led the team with 21 points. Madeline Blumberg and Ashanti Boykin also ended the night with 14 and 11 points respectively.

Woodbury will be hosting East Ridge on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. for an in-town rivalry game.

On the other hand, Park will travel to Roseville on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m.

Stillwater 82, East Ridge 39

It was a strong performance by Stillwater as the Ponies won 82-39 over East Ridge on Friday.

Kate Burns led the Raptors with 18 points, while Chloe Stoehr finished the night with seven points.

East Ridge will travel to Woodbury on Tuesday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. as the Raptors play the Royals for a second time this season.

Wednesday

New Life Academy 74, PACT Charter 48

After a close first half, New Life Academy took over in the second half to defeat PACT Charter on Wednesday night with a final score of 74-48.

Emmy Erickson had a strong night with a team-high 22 points. Kaitlyn Groeneweg also finished the game with 17 points.

Carly Hager and Bethany Brocker each finished in double digits with 14 and 13 points respectively.

The Eagles will travel to St. Croix Prep on Monday, Feb. 11 at 6 p.m.

Forest Lake 71, Woodbury 46

The majority of Wednesday night's game was controlled by Forest Lake as Woodbury lost 71-46.

Solape Amusan and Katie Vaske each led the Royals with eight points, while Alexandrya Paulson and Carley West each scored seven points.

Woodbury will travel across town to take on Park on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.

Monday

Cretin-Derham Hall 76, East Ridge 54

It was a close first half with only a five-point difference, but Cretin-Derham Hall went on a scoring streak to dominant the second half and defeat East Ridge with a 76-54 final score.

Ella Stegeman led the Raptors with 15 points, while Kate Burns was right behind her with 13 points. Chloe Stoehr also scored in double digits with 10 points.

East Ridge will prepare to host Stillwater on Friday, Feb. 8 at 7 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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