ST. NICHOLAS - The Forest Park girls seized the momentum in the third quarter Tuesday night, handing the Mid Peninsula Wolverines a 54-44 basketball loss.
Mid Pen led 30-28, but the Trojans responded with 11 unanswered points for a 39-30 advantage in the third frame of the Skyline Conference contest.
"We came out tentative in the third quarter," said Mid Pen coach Ryan Lyle. "We were shooting well in the first half. We made all our 3-pointers and moved the ball well. We also took away a lot of passing lanes and forced a lot of travel calls on them. I think we surprised them a little."
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Mid Peninsula’s Krysta VanDamme goes to the basket as Lexi Gussert and Maria Stankewicz (10 ) of Forest Park defend during the second half of their game in Perkins Tuesday. The Wolverines fell 54-44.
The Wolverines were within three points with 2 1/2 minutes left to play, but were unable to get any closer.
Lexi Gussert paced the Trojans (5-0 overall, 4-0 league) with 25 points. She hit all 11 of her free throws and scored 17 in the second half.
"They got the ball into Gussert and she hit her free throws," said Lyle. "She had a nice game."
Forest Park 13 15 13 13 - 54
Mid Peninsula 13 17 8 6 - 44
Forest Park - Stankowicz 11, Bawyn 7, Gussert 25, Roberge 11. FT: 13-14; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Stankewicz 2, Roberge.
Mid Peninsula - Shope 13, Nummilien 6, Kayser 7, Branstrom 9, VanDamme 7, Westlund 2. FT: 6-8; F: 12; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: Shope 4, Nummilien, Kayser.
Kelsey Shope scored 13 points for Mid Pen (2-2 overall and Skyline), which hit 14-of-50 field goals and committed 22 turnovers.
Hunter Branstrom added nine points. Megan Kayser and Krysta VanDamme, who was battling the flu, had seven each.
"The girls stepped up and kept their intensity," said Lyle. "They did a nice job."
Mid Pen, which also dropped the jayvee game 36-21, visits Superior Central Friday. Forest Park hosts Watersmeet Friday.