Stillwater wasn’t happy to be absent its future Division I college point guard for three weeks, but the Ponies sure made the most of her time away
Facing some lesser competition before Suburban East Conference behemoths loomed, Stillwater reeled off four straight wins all by 20 or more points. Senior Amber Scalia, the Ponies' 25 points-per-game scorer, was sidelined with an injury.
The stakes were raised Wednesday when Stillwater, ranked No. 7 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, took an overall five-game win streak on the road to East Ridge, winners of four straight.
Stillwater was never quite comfortable in victory, but its high-octane offense continuously kept East Ridge at bay.
The Ponies raced past the Raptors, 71-61, Wednesday night in a conference matchup at East Ridge High School.
Senior forward Lizzie Holder paced Stillwater (9-2, 5-1) with 20 points. Team season leading scorer, senior guard Amber Scalia, scored 16 points in her first game after three weeks out of the lineup due to injury.
Stillwater’s scoring came entirely from its starting five. Alexis Karlen kickstarted the offense early and finished with 13 points. Lydia Knutson and Amy Thompson added 11 points. Thompson made six free throws in the second half to keep Stillwater up by three or more possessions down the stretch.
For East Ridge (8-5, 5-2) Emily Christenson led all scorers with 23 points on five 3-pointers. Grace Knupp added 15 followed in double digits by Isabella Sanneh.
Stillwater is tied in the loss column atop the Suburban East Conference with Roseville. This was the Ponies’ sixth straight win on the season and 10th in a row against the Raptors.
East Ridge entered the night on a four-game win streak and was tied atop the conference standings.
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