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FP girls, Simmons overwhelm SC

CRYSTAL FALLS—Heading into their Skyline Central Conference clash against Superior Central, the Forest Park Lady Trojans were averaging 37.8 points per game with a high of 49 through their first five games.
    Those numbers took a sharp rise after FP’s 69-22 pummeling of the Cougars on Jan. 7 at Eddie Chambers Gymnasium for the Lady Trojans’ third consecutive win. And leading the way with a career-high 30 points was Forest Park senior Mercedes Simmons, who hit 15 of 26 shots and added 13 rebounds and seven blocked shots.
    Lea LaChapelle and Sydney Honkala also scored in double figures with 13 and 11 points, respectively.
    “We played a well-rounded game,” FP coach Kim Bjork said. “Everyone was in the scoring column tonight, which is nice to see. Our girls did a great job running all of our different offensive sets.”
    Forest Park (3-4, 1-2) took control early, building a 16-6 lead after the first quarter. The Lady Trojans extended their advantage to 30-7 at halftime, holding Superior Central (0-6) to just one point in the second frame.
    The Cougars produced their best quarter of the game in the third with 12 points, but Forest Park exploded for 25 in the period to lengthen their lead to 36 points heading into the fourth.
    The Lady Trojans got stingy again in the final quarter, holding Superior Central to just three points. In all, the Cougars shot just 7 of 36 from the field (19 percent), while Forest Park connected on 32 of 74 (43 percent).
    “I think we had about four different defensive looks tonight and our girls executed for the most part,” Bjork said. “We need to limit our turnovers a little more but we are just getting back in the swing of things after the holiday break so we will fix that.”
    FP committed 15 ball-handling errors in the game while S-C recorded 19. The Lady Trojans dominated the backboards, outrebounding the Cougars 39-14. Honkala grabbed four of those and added four steals. Paige Mianecki snagged eight rebounds and Amya Johnson secured six.

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