Annalise Savageau scored the first 13 points for the Osakis girls’ basketball team as she finished with 19 to lead the Silverstreaks to a 67-31 victory at home over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday.
The Silverstreaks took a few minutes to come together on offense and were down in the opening minutes, but once Savageau got going they rolled to a 38-13 halftime lead.
“I thought it took us awhile out of the gates to get going,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “But once we got going, I thought we had a good run.”
Madi Forsell scored 10 points for the Silverstreaks, and Brittney Sadlemyer and Brooke Sorenson both added nine as Osakis was able to find multiple scorers.
“That’s really balanced,” Kalpin said. “That really helps us.”
Sorenson had a team-high seven assists, and Sadlemyer and Abby Stroup both led with six rebounds.
Savageau’s 19 points included a perfect 5-for-5 from two point field goals in the game. She also hit two three-pointers and finished with four assists.
“It felt really good,” Savageau said. “I started strong and was able to get some easy baskets and it just continued from there.”
The Osakis defense was also working against BBE. A constant full court pressure forced BBE into turnovers and they were held to only 13 points in the first half and 18 in the second.
“I thought that we played pretty good,” Sorenson said. “Our defense was good and our offense was working well, too.”
Kalpin was pleased with the effectiveness of the Osakis full court press, which makes opponents play quicker, which can lead to mistakes. As a team, the Silverstreaks finished with 22 steals.
BBE came into the game with a 4-1 record, which made the sizeable victory more impressive.
“They went in there and worked their tails off and did some good things, and that’s what we want to do,” Kalpin said. “It was a good, fun, solid win for our kids against a good, quality opponent.”
The Silverstreaks won 22 games last season and have started this year with a 5-1 record. Osakis is confident they can continue this success through the rest of the season.
“We are doing really well at the start of this year, so I hope we can do as well as we did last year or even better,” Savageau said.
OSAKIS 38 29 – 67
BBE 13 18 – 31
OSAKIS TOTALS – FG – 27-64; Three-point FG – 3-9; Assists – 17; Blocks – 3; FT – 10-16; Rebounds – 32; Steals – 22; Turnovers – 13
OSAKIS – Alexa Hoffarth – 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Mackenzie Staloch – 8 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals; Abby Stroup – 2 points, 1 assist, 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Hannah Szech – 1 steal; Annalise Savageau – 19 points, 4 assists, 1 block, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Brooke Sorenson – 9 points, 7 assists, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Taylor Spychalla – 2 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds; Brittney Sadlemyer – 9 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Madi Forsell – 10 points, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Johanna Boogaard – 6 points, 1 block, 5 rebounds, 1 steal