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Park of Cottage Grove defeats Stillwater

By Blaze Fugina, SportsEngine, 02/23/22, 5:45PM CST


The Wolfpack emerged victorious in the offensive shootout over the Ponies on Wednesday.

Pharrel Payne (21) led Park of Cottage Grove into Stillwater and left with 30 points and a Wolfpack victory in a late season matchup. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

The Park boys' basketball team has been building up to this season.

With a core of eight seniors on the roster, the Wolfpack has already won the most games in a season in more than a decade. And the program (16-7, 11-4) still has three games left on the regular-season schedule.

The latest win came on Wednesday, with Pharrel Payne scoring 30 points in Park's 85-70 win at Stillwater.

Stillwater's Max Shikenjanski (45) led all scoring with 38 points, but his Ponies fell by 15 to visiting Park of Cottage Grove Feb 23. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

First Report

Pharrel Payne fueled Park’s offense in an 85-70 victory at Stillwater in a Suburban East Conference matchup Wednesday.

A slow start for both teams’ offenses did not last long as Park surged to a 44-29 lead at the half. The Minnesota commit Payne used his size advantage to score a team-high 30 points for the Wolfpack (16-7, 11-4). Stillwater (12-11, 6-9) junior Max Shikenjanski, one of the state’s leading scorers, led with 38 points.

Brady Perryman and OT Omot each added 13 points for Park, while Stillwater’s second-leading scorer was Tanner Thomson with 14. 

Pharrel Payne blocks a shot during play Feb. 23 against Stillwater. Photo by Korey McDermott, SportsEngine

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