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A tale of two halves
After holding Park-Cottage Grove to just eight points in the first half, the Roseville Area High School girls basketball team expected the Wolfpack to emerge from the locker room ready for a turnaround in Tuesday's night Suburban East Conference match-up. That's exactly what happened but the Raiders were able to thwart Park's comeback attempt.
Roseville saw its 22-point lead dwindle to two points with about six minutes remaining but the Raiders righted the ship in time and went on to a 48-40 victory. Coupled with Woodbury's loss to White Bear Lake, Roseville's victory gives it a two-game lead in the Suburban East Conference standings.
The first half couldn't have gone much better for Roseville as the Raiders forced Park into a slew of awkward shot attempts. The Wolfpack led 4-2 before Roseville went on a 19-2.
Armed with a 19-point lead, Roseville opened the second half with a Jacqlyn Poss three-pointer to take its biggest lead of the game. After that, Park began the task of working its way back into the game. With eight minutes left, the Wolfpack were within eight points and two minutes later Roseville led just 38-36.
With Park poised to complete the comeback, Roseville's Emma Schaefer scored five straight points on a three-pointer and a layup on a slashing drive to the bucket. Schaefer's efforts put her team ahead by seven and helped Roseville finish the game on a 10-4 run.
Poss led Roseville with 12 points and Schaefer added 11. Park's Sydney Lamberty led all scorers with 21, 15 of which came in the second half.
Roseville began the night sitting atop the Suburban East Conference standings and holding a one-game lead over Park and Woodbury. The Raiders helped out their own cause by knocking off Park and got help from White Bear Lake when the Bears beat Woodbury 48-39.
Roseville, ranked fifth in the Class AAAA poll, enters Friday's home game against Stillwater with a two-game lead over Park, Woodbury, White Bear Lake and Mounds View. Stillwater picked up its first conference win of the season on Tuesday when it beat Hastings 43-28 to break a last-place tie.