Lady Trojans’ rally falls short

CRYSTAL FALLS—A surprise switch in venue didn’t throw off Forest Park’s girls basketball squad early last week, but Kingsford’s pressure defense wasn’t so easy to deal with a few days later.
    The Lady Trojans had no problem in rolling to a 53-20 win at Carney-Nadeau on Dec. 6 but saw a second-half comeback fall short at Kingsford, losing 45-37 on Dec. 9.
    The team is now 2-2 overall, 2-1 in the Skyline Central Conference.
    The week’s most unexpected moment came on the morning of their home game against Carney—when it was discovered that it was really a road game. Surprise!
    “That kind of threw us for a loop,” coach Jackie Giuliani said. “The girls had to scramble and go home to get their stuff [for an away game]. I was worried that would throw them off.
    “But they really played a strong game on both ends of the floor.” The Lady Trojans made 35 percent of their shots and complemented that with strong defense.
    Becky Kolenda hit 8 of her 12 shots from the floor and scored 17 points, complementing that with eight rebounds. Abby Nylund scored 16 points, making 9 of 10 at the free throw line. “When we start that way,” said the coach, “it’s like everyone just follows suit.”
    Ahead 10-3 after the first quarter, the Lady Trojans broke out 22-5 in the second to lead 32-8 at halftime, and then they blanked Carney 10-0 in the third—eight points after three quarters. The Wolves struggled against FP’s defense, hitting 23 percent and getting outrebounded 31-23.
    “It was nice to get all the girls playing time,” said Giuliani. “Every single one of them played hard.” 

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