East Ridge sophomore Kendall Brown tried to scoop the ball under Edina defender Tommy Denn for a second-half basket. Brown scored a game-high 24 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
Ben Carlson took a shot over Edina defenders Zak Haji (2) and Jack Middleton (10). Carlson scored 16 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
East Ridge fended off a formidable Edina team with a 7-0 run late in the second half to secure a 72-68 victory at Edina High School on Friday.
Sophomore guard Kendall Brown made sure to give East Ridge enough distance from Edina (10-7, 1-2) when he started the 7-0 run on a drive off a screen for a layup. It broke a 62-62 tie that lasted about two minutes, and the Raptors (15-2, 8-0) led the rest of the way.
“We just had to play defense, and get stops and get rebounds because rebounds killed us in the first half, so once we got those, we were good,” Brown said.
Brown led East Ridge, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, with 24 points in the team’s first game back since the recent polar vortex led to most school districts being closed part of the week. Edina hadn’t played a game since Jan. 25. Both East Ridge and No. 9-4A Edina had only two practices during the week with the school cancellations.
East Ridge went fended off a scrappy Edina team with a late 7-0 run to secure a 72-68 victory over the Hornets at Edina High School on Friday night.
Raptors sophomore Kendall Brown, a 6-foot-7 guard, started the run with a drive off a screen for a layup with less than three minutes left in the game. The basket broke a 62-62 tie that had lasted about two minutes, and the Raptors (15-2, 8-0) led the rest of the way. Brown led East Ridge, ranked No. 4 in Class 4A by Minnesota Basketball News, with 24 points.
East Ridge’s Ben Carlson, a 6-foot-10 junior forward, contributed 16 points. Senior guard Patrick Lynott and junior forward Brody Kriesel added 10 points apiece.
Edina (10-7, 1-2) tried to chip away at the lead with free throws. The No. 9-4A Hornets trailed 72-68 with 18.7 seconds remaining but couldn’t buy a basket with three misses inside the lane.
Jacob Hutson, a junior forward, led the Hornets with 23 points. Senior guard Jack Middleton scored 18.
The win extends East Ridge’s winning streak to 12 games. The Raptors last lost 55-50 to No. 8-4A Eden Prairie on Dec. 18.
Edina junior Jacob Hutson (50) worked his way around East Ridge defender Ben Carlson on his way to a first-half basket. Hutson led the Hornets with 23 points. Photo by Mark Hvidsten, SportsEngine
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