CRYSTAL FALLS—Forest Park’s girls got two games closer to a perfect season last week with a 69-21 win at Rapid River on Feb. 11 and a 75-31 victory over North Dickinson at home on Feb. 13.
The Lady Trojans are now 18-0 for the season and 11-0 vs. Skyline Conference teams. After wrapping up the regular season with back-to-back games this week, the team makes final preparations for the Class D District 127 tournament at Wakefield-Marenisco High School next week.
The Lady Trojans were in tune-up mode last week and took care of business quickly. At Rapid River, they scored the first 25 points and led the outgunned Rockets 42-7 by halftime. “The girls came out real quick,” Coach Jeff Syrjanen recalled, “and played really good basketball.”
Sierra Robarge scored eight in the first frame. In the third quarter, Kendra Campbell scored six, while Lexi Gussert scored two twos and two threes—10 points.
FP shot exactly 50 percent from the floor and made 6 of 13 3-pointers. Gussert had three of them on her way to 26 points, along with six rebounds, six assists and three steals.
Robarge finished with 10 points, making 5 of 6 shots. Other top scorers were Maria Stankewicz with eight, Mary Grandahl with six and Campbell with five. Ten different girls added to the point total.
Sam Nylund had six assists for Forest Park, and Kelsi Hendrickson had three steals.
Trojans 25 17 21 6 -- 68
Rockets 2 5 4 10 -- 21
On Feb. 13, North Dickinson found out one final time how many ways Lexi Gussert can beat you.
Standard operating procedure: FP scored the first 22 points of the game. Gussert scored eight, Campbell had six, and Robarge hit a three. “It seemed that whoever was shooting was able to hit it,” said Syrjanen. Jessica Bawyn scored seven in the second quarter, helping FP to a 46-12 halftime lead.
After Gussert nailed a three and three twos early in the third quarter, the running clock sped the game along. “The whole first team was out halfway through the third quarter, and we just continued to play everybody and rotate all players.”
While her shooting was a little off (by her lofty standards), Gussert still scored 24—and put on a rebounding clinic, pulling down 19 boards, eight on offense. She also dished out eight assists and recorded four steals. Hendrickson added four offensive rebounds.
Bawyn backed Gussert up with 11 points, Campbell scored eight and Robarge and Stankewicz both tacked on six. This time, 13 different Lady Trojans added to the point total, and the team shot a combined 45% from the floor.
Libby Charlevoix led ND with eight points and Miranda Jacobson scored seven.
Nordics 4 8 9 10 -- 31
Trojans 22 24 19 10 -- 75
• The annual farewell to seniors Feb. 18 will be Gussert’s final game at the Eddie Chambers Gym, when the Lady Trojans play Florence. On Feb. 19, the regular season ends at Carney-Nadeau, in a game rescheduled from Jan. 27.
The District 127 tourney begins at Wakefield Feb, 24, but Forest Park doesn’t play until a semifinal game vs. Watersmeet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 26. The title game is Feb. 28 at 6 p.m.