Forest Lake heated up in the second half and tripped the Rogers Royals 55-46 in the semifinals of the Rogers holiday tournament on Tuesday evening.
Rogers (4-5) led 26-15 at the half but gave up 40 second-half points and lost their fourth straight game. They face St. Francis for third place at 6 p.m. Wednesday with Forest Lake taking on Anoka for the trophy.
Forst Lake (5-4) sank four consecutive 3-point shots, then got a three-point play by center Bailey Norby, to forge into the lead in the second half. The Rangers had five three’s in all in the final 18 minutes.
Norby scored 17 points and Emily Peters 13 for the Rangers.
Courtney McClay led Rogers with 13 points. Jordan Motter had 11 and Emily Reichert eight, all in the first half for both of them.
“After a good start to the game, our defensive and rebounding efforts were very disappointing in the second half,” said Rogers coach Jeremy Degiovanni. “We need to do a better job playing with the lead and closing games out than we have lately.”
Anoka beat St. Francis 58-44 in the other semifinal.
Rogers – Reichert 8, Heikkinen 2, Darr 4, Frain 4, Motter 11, Paulsrud 2, McClay 13, Dorr 2
Forest Lake – Frericks 2, Vidlund 9, McGuiness 9, Peters 13, Eckert 3, Norby 17, Anderson 2