Irondale doubles up Spring Lake Park in basketball

Victories haven’t come easy for the Irondale High School varsity basketball teams this season but they pulled off a double last week. Both squads knocked off Spring Lake Park to earn their fifth victories of the year.

Playing at the same time on Jan. 27, Irondale’s girls team beat the Panthers 66-62 in overtime while the boys squad won 73-67.

For the girls team, it was the second win over Spring Lake Park in less than three weeks. Irondale also beat the Panthers 58-46 on Jan. 10. Last week’s victory snapped a four-game losing streak.

Irondale and Spring Lake Park found themselves tied 25-25 at halftime and 52-52 at the end of regulation. The two teams then went right at it in overtime and in the end the Knights outscored the Panthers 14-10.

Three different Knights scored in double figures in the victory. Sophomore Kahlan Jester led all scorers with 23 and eighth grader Dora Okpara added 19. Also reaching double digits was senior Juriah Hughes, who scored 10.

Jester’s 23 points were a season high and gave her her first double-figure game since scoring 11 in the first win over Spring Lake Park.

Irondale tries for back-to-back victories when it hosts Blaine on Jan. 31. The Bengals (5-13) enter the game on a nine-game losing streak. 

The Knights then host Osseo (5-13) on Feb. 3. The Orioles downed Irondale 49-41 in their first meeting back on Dec. 16.

Irondale’s boys team snapped an eight-game losing streak with its six-point win over Spring Lake Park. It also avenged an earlier loss to the Panthers, who pulled out a wild, triple-overtime victory over the Knights on Jan. 10.

Irondale overcame a 28-point performance by Spring Lake Park’s Kameron Davis by spreading out the scoring burden. Four different Knights reached double figures.

Sean Sutherlin led the way with 17 points and Kiaren Ward added 13. Aden Price scored a dozen and Brendan White chipped in with 11.

Irondale trailed by three at halftime before outscoring Spring Lake Park 39-30 in the second half.

Through 16 games, Sutherlin is averaging a scorching 24.9 points per game, which puts him third in the Northwest Suburban Conference entering this week. He has reached double digits in every game this season and has scored 40 or more three times.

His first 40 game came on Dec. 20 as he scored 41 in Irondale’s 63-55 win over Duluth East. The next two came in back-to-back contests in early January. He scored 40 in a 79-73 loss to Totino-Grace on Jan. 6 and then poured in 47 in the multiple-overtime loss to Spring Lake Park.

Irondale goes after back-to-back victories when it travels to Blaine (11-5) on Jan. 31. The Knights then visit Osseo (11-5) on Feb. 3.


Brian Meyers can be reached at or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.


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