Girls' basketball: Osakis, Parkers Prairie still perfect
The Osakis girls had to hold on late but the Silverstreaks got the job done to improve to 7-0 with a 45-40 win over Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa on Monday night.
Osakis led by as much as 10 in the second half before the Jaguars battled back to tie it. Senior forward Mariah Backes responded with a big shot with less than three minutes to go and Osakis made its free throws down the stretch to hold on for a win.
"This was a gritty win for our team tonight," head coach Pat Kalpin said. "We really struggled to get things going offensively, but the credit goes to BBE. Defensively, they played really well and took us out of our flow. A couple spurts in both halves are what made the difference in the outcome for our team."
The Silverstreaks were held to just 35 percent shooting after going 17-of-48 from the field. Included in that was a 1-for-9 night from behind the three-point line. Annalise Savageau finished with a team-high 14 points, but no other Osakis player finishing in double figures. Becka Sadlemyer and Madi Forsell each finished with eight.
"We need to get better in our man offense right now," Kalpin said. "Although we are 7-0, the girls understand that we have things to work on to get better as a team. It's a long season. These things aren't going to happen immediately. It will take time. If they continue to work hard, they will improve."
The Silverstreaks' last game before the holiday break was a big one. They were scheduled to be at Upsala last night, Thursday, to take on the undefeated Cardinals in a Prairie Conference clash. Upsala was a perfect 16-0 in league play a year ago and came into last night's game ranked seventh in the latest Class A polls.
BBE 20 20 - 40
OSAKIS 24 21 - 45
TOTALS - Osakis - FG - 17-48; Three-point FG - 1-9; Free throws - 10-19; Assists - 11; Blocks - 3; Rebounds - 32; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 13
OSAKIS - Tayler Waldvogel - 1 assist; Rachelle Rajdl - 2 points, 1 steal; Savageau - 14 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Brooke Sorenson - 5 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals; Backes - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Dani Chisholm - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Brittney Sadlemyer - 2 points, 7 rebounds; Be. Sadlemyer - 8 points, 2 blocks, 8 rebounds; Forsell - 8 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 1 steal
BBE SCORING - Mariah Back - 3; Brittany Roelike - 6; Peyton Miller - 2; Taylor Braegelman - 3; Hailey Braegelman - 2; Megan Weller - 10; Becca Gruber - 14
PARKERS PRAIRIE TOPS HILLCREST
The Parkers Prairie girls used another easy win to improve to 6-0 in a 78-15 victory over Hillcrest Lutheran Academy last Friday night.
Madison Dorn and Micaela Noga are as consistent as any Class A players in the area and they continued that trend against the Comets. Dorn finished with a game-high 27 points to go along with eight rebounds and four steals. Noga chipped in 24 points, eight rebounds, four assists and five steals, while Ally Taylor made it three players in double figures with 13 points.
The Comets had no chance of finding their first win of the season against the ninth-ranked Panthers. Parkers Prairie led 50-6 at the break, led by a big first half from Dorn, Noga and Taylor. Those three combined for 45 points in the first 18 minutes to help their team run away with things early.
PARKERS PRAIRIE 50 28 - 78
HILLCREST 6 9 - 15
PARKERS PRAIRIE - Dorn - 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 steals, 2 blocks; Noga - 24 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 5 steals; Anna Guenther - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Taylor - 13 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists; Brittany Shircliff - 2 points; Brenna Warren - 2 points, 3 rebounds; LaDeanna Swanson - 5 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Renee Warren - 2 points, 1 rebound; Danielle Pratt - 1 point, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 blocks
HILLCREST SCORING - Lydia Tostenson - 2; Kelsey Nersten - 4; Abigale Monacelli - 6; megan Aasness - 1; Julia Christenson - 2
By Lori Mork
Powered by Mady Phillips, Sydney Joos and Bayley Pooler's double figure performances, the Minnewaska Lakers broke open a close 27-21 halftime game against St. John's Prep to win 63-36 Tuesday night.
Phillips dropped in 19, while Joos added 15 and Pooler finished with 12 and Minnewaska improved to 2-5 with the win.
Phillips had nine of her points from long range, and added seven rebounds, four assists and four steals.
Leah Schellinger led the Johnnies with 10 points.
The Lakers will host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Friday, December 28.
ST. JOHN'S PREP 36
MINNEWASKA 27 36 -- 63
ST. JOHN'S PREP 21 15 -- 36
MINNEWASKA - Mady Phillips 19, Bayley Pooler 12, Sydney Joos 15, Bridget Opdahl 2, Emma Middenddorf 2, Paige Anderson 7, Veronica Weisel 6. Field goals 24-64, 3-pt 5-16 (Phillips 3, Pooler 2), Free throws 10-16, Rebounds 40 (Phillips 7, Joos 7, Anderson 6, Weisel 6), Assists 16 (Phillips 4, Weisel 3), Steals 12 (Phillips 4, Pooler 2, Anderson 2), Fouls 18, Turnovers 17.
ST. JOHN'S PREP - Leah Schellinger 10, Cora Griffin 9, Emma Backes 6, Rachel Odenthal 4, Ellen Arnold 3, Allison Wenner 2, Grace Martone 2.
Albany 47, Waska 31
Minnewaska was unable to put anyone in double figures as the Lakers fell to the Albany Huskies 47-31 in West Central Conference girls' basketball Thursday.
Erin Navratil led the Huskies with 13 points as Albany improved to 4-1 and the Lakers dropped to 1-5.
Sydney Joos led the Lakers with nine points.
MINNEWASKA - Madison Phillips 8, Sydney Joos 9, Bayley Pooler 6, Carley Stewart 4, Paige Anderson 2, Veronica Weisel 2.
ALBANY - Erin Navratil 13, Rachel Mohs 8, Amazih Eickhoff 8, Kayla Reber 5, Vanessa Spohn 4, Emily Pratt 4, Liz DeGeest 3, Sidney Schiffler 2.
ROYALTON 59, WEST CENTRAL AREA 53
West Central Area's Tiana Christenson had 13 points, nine rebounds, five steals and three assists, but she couldn't overcome Royalton's 40 free throw attempts as the Knights fell to the Royals 59-53 Friday night.
"It's another conference loss that we feel we should have won," said WCA head coach Beth Hanson. "I give Royalton credit. They worked extremely hard and wanted to win more than we did. They jumped out to an early lead and really controlled the first nine minutes of play.
"From then, we started to come back and close the gap to five at the half.
"The second half was more consistent on our part, yet still not enough," she added. "We had multiple possessions to take the game, yet we threw the ball away."
Royalton shot 40 free throws for the night, with 26 of those in the second half.
Holly VanKempen had 10 points, seven rebounds, two steals and three assists, while Christina Kruize, Kylee Fernholz and Kelsey Hammer had eight points each.
West Central Area will host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle tomorrow night, Thursday.