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Sophomore guard Haden Hendricks (middle) knifes through the defense of West Central Area during Tuesday night’s Prairie Conference game. Hendricks finished with eight points as Osakis fell to the Knights. (Blaze Fugina/Echo Press)

Hot shooting boosts WCA boys past Osakis

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The Osakis boys’ basketball team could not keep up with West Central Area’s hot shooting on Tuesday in a 73-42 loss at home.

In the first game between these two teams in early January, Osakis was within reach for most of the game before WCA pulled away in the second half for a 65-55 victory. It was an entirely different game on Tuesday as the Knights shot 57 percent from the field and knocked down nine three-pointers.

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Dakotah Kashmark and Jay Zimmerman both scored 17 points to lead a balanced scoring attack from WCA.

Osakis was led by Haden Hendricks and Hunter Scherr as both scored eight points each, and Lane Berberich also added six. As a team the Silverstreaks shot 36 percent from the field.

After the game the Silverstreaks knew the Knights had come out with a much better shooting night than they did in the closer game earlier that year.

“I think we shot better (in the first game), and in this game they shot a lot better than they did in the home game,” Scherr said.

The first time they played WCA, Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher thought they were a little rusty after coming off the holiday break. He knew the Knights were on their game Tuesday when they were 5-for-8 on three-point attempts at halftime.

“When you guard that, then you’ve got a guy like Zimmerman who is beating you up in the post,” Hoelscher said. “It was tough for us to match up with them defensively whether it was zone or man.”

WCA head coach Kraig Hunter was impressed with the way his team played in Osakis. The Knights had lost their past two games heading into Tuesday’s contest.

“This was probably the best we’ve played all year,” Hunter said. “I guess that shows a lot of character for our guys after a tough loss on Friday to come out and play with this kind of energy.”

Although the Silverstreaks were not close to winning on Tuesday, the team has already surpassed their win total from last season with a 69-68 victory over Bertha-Hewitt on January 17. The four wins gives Osakis one more than in all of last season, and the Silverstreaks still have 11 more games on the schedule.

One of the ways the Silverstreaks have improved their game is through the ability to play at a quicker pace.

“We are a lot quicker and we press a lot more,” Berberich said.

The speed has also helped the Silverstreaks get more open looks. Hoelscher said the Silverstreaks have also focused on playing hard this season.

“We play a little better at defense, we move the ball, we’ve got guards who can drive,” Hoelscher said. “Last year we were kind of stagnant with our offense, now we open it up and try to use our speed and our transition offense.”

The loss dropped Osakis to 4-11 this season while WCA improved to 9-4.

GAME RESULTS WCA 44 29 – 73

OSAKIS 25 17 – 42

TEAM RESULTS – OSAKIS – FG – 16-44; 3PT FG – 1-11; FT – 9-16; rebounds – 22; turnovers – 10; WCA – FG – 28-49; 3PT FG – 9-18; FT – 8-12; rebounds – 33; turnovers – 9

OSAKIS – Lane Berberich – 6 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Hunter Scherr – 8 points, 1 assist, 1 steal; Joey Kotek – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Haden Hendricks – 8 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Luke Wolbeck – 5 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds; Cody DeWenter – 4 points, 1 rebound; Preston Graham – 2 points, 1 rebound; John Boogaard – 4 points, 1 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Joseph Garcia – 1 rebound

WCA – Dakotah Kashmark – 17 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists; Jay Zimmerman – 17 points, 5 rebounds; Ben Anderson – 8 points; Brady Combs – 7 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals; Isaiah Westby – 7 points; Hunter Pfingsten – 5 points, 5 assists; Devin Nelson – 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 steals; Andrew Lindor – 4 points; Austin Redepenning – 3 points

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Blaze Fugina
Blaze Fugina is a sports reporter at the Echo Press. Before working in Alexandria, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. He previously worked as the community editor of the Mound Laker for more than a year. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.
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