Stillwater's Amber Scalia (21) pushes the ball up the court following a Forest Lake turnover. Scalia scored 20 points in the Ponies' victory. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
On a night when her shots weren’t falling, Stillwater senior Alexis Pratt still scored 26 points.
No wonder Forest Lake coach Jen Wagner could only shrug her shoulders and pass credit to Pratt’s Ponies after Stillwater jumped to an early lead and coasted to a 71-50 Suburban East Conference victory.
It’s become almost automatic, Stillwater winning a conference game. The Ponies have lost just one of their last 44 league games. Unbeaten at 8-0 this season, the Ponies, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, now hold a two-game lead over No. 10-4A Forest Lake in the Suburban East.
Much of the Ponies’ run can be attributed to Stillwater’s 5-5 senior guard, who has 101 points in her last four games and says she finally is getting in sync with her teammates. She showed that Tuesday in the Stillwater gym, when her shot was off the mark but she still forced the issue on offense while setting up junior teammate Amber Scalia, who scored 20 points, for open looks from beyond the three-point line.
Forest Lake's Logan Anderson passed around Stillwater defender Alexis Karlen in the second half. Anderson scored 19 points but Stillwater won the game 71-50. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Alexis Pratt scored 26 points and Amber Scalia chipped in with 20 points to help Stillwater remain unbeaten, solidifying its hold atop the Suburban East Conference standings with a 71-50 victory at Forest Lake on Tuesday.
The victory was the 43rd in 44 conference games for the Ponies (8-0, 8-0). It also put Stillwater, ranked No. 5 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, two games ahead of the No. 10-4A Rangers in the conference standings.
Scalia made all four of her three-point field goals in the first half as the Ponies built a lead and forced Forest Lake (6-2, 6-2) into a game of catchup early on. Stillwater made seven three-point baskets and led 37-23 at the half.
Stillwater put on a soft press early in the first half and opened with it in the second, forcing turnovers and extending its lead with a 12-2 run.
Logan Anderson scored 19 points to lead the Rangers while teammate Olivia Pekron added 12 points.
Forest Lake's Katie Johnson sprints ahead of Stillwater defender Alexis Karlen on a second-half fast break. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine