Allan Lankfard scored 21 and Henry Acker added 19 as Central (10-3) topped Highland Park (9-4) in a battle of unbeaten teams in the St. Paul City Conference, 73-70.
Central led by 10 points at halftime but the second half tightened up, thanks in no small part to Highland Park’s Xavier May, who scored a game-high 24 points. He was the only Highland Park player in double digits; however, five others had at least seven points.
Central has now won nine games in a row and will face another tough test, playing third-place Johnson Thursday.
Other scores: Humboldt beat Washington 76-56; Lakeville North beat Apple Valley 82-47; Hastings beat Hill-Murray 91-67; Mahtomedi beat Simley 76-32; Eagan beat Prior Lake 67-59; Burnsville beat Rosemount 53-44; Johnson beat Como Park 66-24; Tartan beat Two Rivers 70-65
Eagan 51, Prior Lake 46: Lydia Schmitter scored 12 and Jocelyn McClary added 11 to propel Eagan (11-6) past Prior Lake (8-6).
The Wildcats defense played well, limiting the Prior Lake offense to run almost exclusively through Prior Lake’s Cecilia McNair. McNair scored 20 points, but only two other Lakers scored more than three points. Meanwhile a balanced Eagan attack helped fuel the Wildcats to victory. Six players scored for Eagan, all of them with at least six points.
The loss snapped a five-game winning streak for Prior Lake.
Other scores: Humboldt beat Washington 50-48; Rosemount beat Burnsville 74-54; Hastings beat Hill-Murray 46-35; Harding beat Hope Academy 36-31; Eastview beat Lakeville South 52-44; North St. Paul beat South St. Paul 49-41; Mahtomedi beat Simley 67-22; Central beat Highland Park 44-37
Stillwater 4, Woodbury 3: Brody Dustin scored five minutes into overtime as Stillwater (9-4-3) overcame a two goal deficit to beat Woodbury (10-6-1).
Aiden Grossklaus and Joey Moeller scored in quick succession at the tail end of the first period and into the second period to give Woodbury an early lead — but that was just the beginning of a high-flying second that saw five goals scored. The Ponies quickly answered with two goals of their own before Woodbury pushed back in front thanks to a Mason Rudin goal. However, Ty Tuccitto tied it up in the closing moments of the second and the score remained tied 3-3 until overtime.
Dustin’s overtime goal was his sixth of the season and marked the fourth consecutive game the sophomore has scored. The loss moves Woodbury to 2-5-1 in Suburban East play.
Other scores: Irondale beat Tartan 6-4; St. Thomas Academy beat Hastings 7-1; Eastview beat Farmington 4-1; Rosemount beat Lakeville North 5-2; Prior Lake beat Eagan 3-0; Highland Park beat Bloomington Kennedy 6-3; Park beat Apple Valley/Burnsville 5-2; Breck beat St. Paul Academy 3-2
Hill-Murray 8, Farmington 2: Seven different goal-scorers lit the lamp for Hill-Murray (17-2-1) as it cruised past Farmington (5-15) at home.
Ellah Hause started the scoring early, netting the opener just 30 seconds into the game. It wouldn’t be until Abby Gehrke scored midway through the second quarter that Farmington would get on the board. By that time the score was already 6-1. Hause was the only Hill-Murray skater to score twice. Hill-Murray outshot Farmington 54-25.
Hill-Murray is undefeated in Metro East play and hasn’t lost since Dec. 17.
Other scores: South St. Paul beat Two Rivers/St. Paul 9-2; Stillwater beat East Ridge 4-0; Cretin-Derham Hall beat Park 3-0; Forest Lake tied Woodbury 1-1