Savageau still shining as a senior
Annalise Savageau has been a huge part of the offense for the Osakis girls’ basketball team over the past three seasons and it isn’t changing for her senior year.
She provided a scoring threat as a freshman, and that has been a constant throughout her basketball career for the Silverstreaks.
“She’s our leading scorer,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Since her ninth grade year she has been our leading scorer.”
Although Savageau provided a scoring threat throughout her high school career, she is still working to improve her game. She would like to get into the paint more often this season and force teams into fouls.
“I’ve been shooting a lot in the morning just to get rhythm on my shots, so that helps,” Savageau said. “I’ve been attacking the basket more and getting to the free throw line.”
The Silverstreaks have showed success over the past three seasons, going 16-10 in 2012 and finishing with a 22-4 record last year. The team’s offense has grown as more players have improved their ability to score.
“The good thing that we have the past few years is kids scoring around her,” Kalpin said.
While defenses are focusing more on her teammates, Savageau can have the opportunity to find more open looks. She is not afraid to shoot from three-point range if the opportunity is there.
“If the lane’s open then I’ll drive in for a layup,” Savageau said. “But otherwise if there’s a three pointer open at the top of the key, I’ll just stop there and shoot it.”
Savageau has given the Silverstreaks plenty of offense through the first five games, scoring 21 points against West Central Area and 19 against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. She helped spark an offensive outpouring of 67 points in the Silverstreaks’ game against BBE.
“She’s got that ability to take over games, and that certainly helped us get going,” Kalpin said.