Girls' basketball: Chargers use overtime for win over Silverstreaks
The Brandon-Evansville girls played just five players and had just three of them score but that was enough to edge Osakis in overtime last Thursday night.
Heather Strese had another big night for the Chargers. Her three-point play on a basket and a free throw with 11 seconds in regulation forced overtime. She then scored all four of her team's points from the free throw line in the extra session as Brandon-Evansville held on for the 45-43 win.
"I was happy for the kids that they could pull it out under those circumstances, injuries and just five playing," head coach Dick Simpson said. "I thought we did OK."
The Chargers had to do without sophomore guard Megan Friedrich, who was out with a knee injury. The Silverstreaks tried to wear them down by pressing them most of the night.
It worked at times. Osakis got a lot of its points in transition by forcing 25 turnovers. But the Chargers' length made it difficult for the Silverstreaks to score in the half court.
"I think we got better at handling the press as we went on," Simpson said. "They threw every press at us it seemed like, and the kids were able to adjust."
The Silverstreaks held a narrow lead for most of the second half. They led by three in the final minute before Strese tied it up late. Her three-point play was set up after she missed her initial shot down low. The Chargers got the rebound on a loose ball and found Strese under the basket again. She converted on her second opportunity and calmly sank her free throw to tie the game.
"I felt the girls played well enough to win tonight," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. "We just didn't get the breaks we needed at the end of the game. Give Brandon-Evansville credit. They made some plays at the end, which allowed them to put the game into overtime."
Neither team scored until less than a minute remained on the clock in the extra session. Strese finally broke through for the Chargers when she sank two free throws with 51 seconds left. She added two more free throws to make it a 45-41 game. Annalise Savageau answered with a runner to cut that lead in half.
Strese was fouled again with less than three seconds left. She missed both this time. Osakis gathered the rebound but was never able to advance the ball up court as the buzzer sounded on Brandon-Evansville's third win of the season.
The two teams were almost identical from the field. Both finished with 17 field goals from inside the arc. Osakis added a three from Danielle Chisholm, but the difference came at the free throw line where the Chargers were 11-of-15, compared to 6-of-10 for Osakis. Strese made 10-of-14 from the stripe.
She finished the night with a game-high 22 points and 17 rebounds. Heather Dickey had her best game of the year with 17 points, while Tasmine Okerlund added six to round out the scoring for the Chargers. Savageau led two players in double figures for Osakis. She finished with 12 points, while Taylor Kraemer added 11 points and five steals.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 18 23 4 - 45
OSAKIS 17 24 2 - 43
TEAM STATISTICS - Brandon-Evansville - Field goals - 17; Free throws - 11-15; Rebounds - 25; Assists - 11; Steals - 11; Turnovers - 25; Osakis - Field goals - 17-39; Three-point field goals - 1-8; Rebounds - 21; Assists - 11; Steals - 19; Turnovers - 17
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE LEADERS - Strese - 22 points, 17 rebounds, 3 assists, 6 steals; Dickey - 17 points; Okerlund - 6 points, 3 assists
OSAKIS LEADERS - Savageau - 12 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 4 steals; Chisholm - 9 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Calista Sadlemyer - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; Becka Sadlemyer - 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Michelle Alverson - 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals; Taylor Kraemer - 11 points, 3 rebounds, 5 steals; Mariah Backes - 1 rebound; Brooke Sorenson - 2 points, 1 rebound