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Osakis sophomore Madison Forsell (left) reached for a rebound with Benson's Cassie Hoffman on Monday night.
Eric Morken, Echo Press Osakis sophomore Madison Forsell (left) reached for a rebound with Benson's Cassie Hoffman on Monday night.

Girls' basketball: Osakis falls to Benson

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Silverstreaks Alexandria, 56308

Alexandria Minnesota 225 7th Ave E
P.O. Box 549
56308

The Osakis girls' basketball team had two chances in the final seconds to tie and take the lead but couldn't connect in a 47-44 loss to Benson on Monday night.

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Calista Sadlemyer brought Osakis to within three with 1:25 left on a jump shot after the Silverstreaks had trailed by seven just a minute earlier. Sadlemyer had two more chances in the final 30 seconds. The senior forward had two looks at three on separate possessions. The final one would have tied it at the buzzer but her shot from the right wing came up short.

"This was another tough loss for our team," head coach Pat Kalpin said. "Our shots need to start falling for us. Girls are taking good shots, just are not going in the hoop."

Shots did fall for Benson (7-14, 2-8, WCC) over the final 18 minutes, especially for Emma Peterson. The junior guard was the difference in the game down the stretch, knifing her way into the lane and finishing on her way to 12 second-half points. She finished with a game-high 18, while Kenzie Jensen and Samantha Goff had 13 and 10, respectively.

The Braves also did a good job of neutralizing Osakis' leading scorer Annalise Savageau. The sophomore guard was held to just nine points on the night and just five in the second half. Her only field goal came with 18.2 seconds left as she stepped back off the dribble and hit a three that made it a two-point game.

Savageau had the ball in her hands in the game's final seconds. She drew the defense near the free throw line before finding Sadlemyer for the open three on the right wing. The Braves were able to breathe a sigh of relief after the ball hit the front rim and bounced off as the buzzer rang.

Mariah Backes came off the bench and provided a spark for Osakis in the first half. She hit back-to-back threes that turned a five-point deficit into a 16-15 lead with around six minutes left in the half. Backes started the second half and finished with a team-high 10 points.

Sadlemyer kept Osakis in the game with seven points in the second half. She finished with nine in the game, while Becka Sadlemyer and Madi Forsell each had six. The loss dropped the Silverstreaks to 3-6 in non-conference games and 12-8 overall.

"We will just keep working hard to make the girls better," Kalpin said.

GAME STATISTICS

BENSON 22 25 - 47

OSAKIS 22 22 - 44

OSAKIS - Savageau - 9; Brooke Sorenson - 4; Backes - 10; C. Sadlemyer - 9; B. Sadlemyer - 6; Forsell - 6

Follow #AlexMN @EchoPress Sports Reporter Eric Morken on Twitter at @echo_sports.

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