Simmons’ triple-double leads FP

RAPID RIVER — A triple-double of 14 points, 12 rebounds and 11 steals by Mercedes Simmons helped Forest Park whitewash Rapid River 48-18 in Skyline Central Conference girls basketball Tuesday.

“Mercedes did a great job jumping in passing lanes to get 11 steals,” Forest Park head coach Kim Bjork said. “We played good defense. Our first and fourth quarters we had a good scoring effort. We are taking shots but haven’t found consistent scoring for four straight quarters.”

Raven Johnson added 10 points for the Trojans, who improved to 7-11.

” Our effort was better tonight and we had multiple girls contribute offensively,” Bjork said.

The Rockets hit just 7-of-43 field goals.

“It was night and day from yesterday’s game (a 50-42 loss to Mid Peninsula Monday),” said Rockets’ coach Scott Goodacre. “We had too many miscues, missed assignments and poor shooting. It was just a lackluster performance out of us tonight.”

Natalie Belanger scored 11 points for the Rockets (5-11), who committed 22 turnovers.

Forest Park fell 54-16 in the JV game. Forest Park hosts fifth-ranked North Dickinson Thursday.

FP 15 7 5 21 — 48

RR 6 1 6 5 — 18

FOREST PARK: LaChapelle 8, Simmons 14, Honkala 7, Peterson 9, Johnson 10. FT: 14-23; F: 13; Fouled out: None; 3-point field goals: LaChapelle, Johnson.

RAPID RIVER: K. Goodacre 1, Poore 2, Pilon 4, Belanger 11. FT: 4-9; F: 21; Fouled out: Belanger.


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