Girls basketball: White Bear Lake pulls away from Ponies

Stillwater’s Meg Pepera drives towards the lane during the second half of Friday’s Suburban East Conference girls’ basketball game against White Bear Lake at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

Stillwater’s Meg Pepera drives towards the lane during the second half of Friday’s Suburban East Conference girls’ basketball game against White Bear Lake at Stillwater Area High School. (Gazette staff photos by Stuart Groskreutz)

OAK PARK HEIGHTS — Unable to recover from a sluggish start against a solid opponent, the Stillwater girls’ basketball team fell to White Bear Lake 65-38 in Friday’s Suburban East Conference game at Stillwater Area High School.

Larissa Colvin is cut off on the baseline by White Bear Lake defender Beth Lastovich.

Larissa Colvin is cut off on the baseline by White Bear Lake defender Beth Lastovich.

Twelve different players scored for the Bears (9-4 SEC, 10-11), who scored the first 10 points of the game and opened up a 35-19 halftime lead. Samantha Jones and Nicole Daul each totaled 13 points for White Bear Lake, which also connected on 21-28 free throw attempts.

Freshman Rilee Day paced Stillwater (1-12, 4-16) with eight points.

“We just dug ourselves a hole, which makes it tough,” Ponies coach Gerard Coury said. “It was tough to get back into it. We kind of clawed our way back into it, but they just have too many kids that make shots.”

Stillwater sank just 12 of 38 shots from the field and also committed 24 turnovers.

“White Bear Lake was able to attack and get easy buckets in transition,” Coury said.

 

WB Lake 35 30 — 65

Stillwater 19 19 — 38

 

White Bear Lake (pts): Katie Zobrowski 3, Jade Tucker 1, Caroline Sass 4, Rachel Degardner 6, Samantha Jones 13, Jordyn Foley 6, Danielle Renner 4, Nicole Daul 13, Beth Lastovich 2, Rachel Lauer 10, Brianna Karg 1 and Alison Hinck 2.

Stillwater: Maggie Ogren 1, Natalie Johnson 2, Larissa Colvin 6, Rilee Day 8, Haley Balzart 6, Kalley Friederichs 1, Madisen Schmitt 5, Alexis Wahlstrom 2 and Paige Becker 5.

3-pointers: WBL, 4; St, 0.

Free throws: WBL, 21-28; St, 14-22.

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