Girls basketball: White Bear Lake stops Ponies in sections

 

WHITE BEAR LAKE — Jordyn Foley tossed in 15 points as third-seeded White Bear Lake defeated Stillwater 55-30 in Wednesday’s Section 4AAAA quarterfinal girls’ basketball game. It was the third victory over the Ponies this season for White Bear Lake, which has won this section each of the past four years.

Stillwater finished the season with a 6-21 record.

“I was very pleased with the effort. I think our seniors did a great job,” Ponies coach Gerard Coury said, listing off seniors Haley Balzart, Meg Pepera, Annie Lauber, Madeline Weidner and Morgan Tschumperlin. “The senior leadership, dedication and effort was fantastic throughout the whole season.”

White Bear Lake, which faces second-seeded Woodbury in the semifinals on Saturday, used a turnover and transition basket to open up a 27-17 at halftime. The Bears then turned it on in the second half while outscoring Stillwater 28-13 — mirroring much of what occured throughout the regular season.

“I’m proud of our girls and how hard they played,” Coury said. “In the second half I thought we ran out of gas a little bit. It was a microcosm of our season, we had some turnovers and just had a hard time making baskets. The girls played hard and competed.”

Savannah Johnson led the Ponies with eight points while Paige Becker added seven and Balzart chipped in with five.

“I’m proud of our girls and how hard they played,” said Coury, whose first season as head coach of the Ponies began with point guard Erin Thiets suffereing a season-ending knee injury. “Our girls now see what we need to do to turn this program around and our girls realize that in order to fix this we have to get in the gym more and improve our basketball skills and our basketball knowledge, but our girls are energized. We played a lot of young girls this year and we’re realizing that if you work hard and make a commitment to work hard.”

 

Stillwater 17 13 — 30

W. Bear Lake 27 28 — 55

 

Stillwater (pts): Annie Lauber 4, Larissa Colvin 2, Haley Balzart 5, Savannah Johnson 8, Alexis Wahlstrom 2, Meg Pepera 2 and Paige Becker 7.

White Bear Lake: Katie Zobrowski 3, Haley Hobbs 2, Avery Potthoff 3, Rachel Degardner 5, Samantha Jones 4, Jordyn Foley 15, Danielle Renner 6, Nicole Daul 8, Rachel Lauer 2 and Alison Hinck 7.

3-pointers: St,  1; WBL, 8.

Free throws: St, 13-19; WBL, 1-7.

 

Section 4AA

Quarterfinals

St. Paul Central 71, North St. Paul 38

Tartan 69, Cretin-Derham Hall 65

White Bear Lake 55, Stillwater 30

Woodbury 64, Mahtomedi 52

 

Saturday’s semifinals

At East Ridge

#2 Woodbury (18-9) vs. #3 White Bear Lake (14-13), 6 p.m.

#1 St. Paul Central (24-4) vs. #4 Tartan (17-10), 7:30 p.m.

 

Finals

At East Ridge on March 7, 7 p.m.

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