Sports roundup from Saturday, December 28
Moorhead 44, Alexandria 34
The Alexandria girls’ basketball team held a three-point halftime lead over Moorhead Saturday, but it was unable to hold the advantage in the second half in a 44-34 loss to the Spuds.
The loss dropped the Cardinals to 0-2 in its home holiday tournament after coming into the tournament ranked third in the state in the Class AAA polls. Amanda Christianson scored eight points down the stretch in the second half, but her 11 total points was not enough to help the Cardinals pull out third place in the tournament. Brooke Heggie was second in scoring for Alexandria with eight.
After the game, Christianson said the two games are a learning opportunity for the team to get back to its winning ways. The Cardinals had won the first four games of the season before playing in the tournament.
Buffalo won the championship of Alexandria's annual holiday tournament after beating 71 Robbinsdale Armstrong 71-57.
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Frazee 48, Parkers Prairie 37
The Parkers Prairie girls went 0-2 at the Walker-Hackensack-Akeley Tournament, falling 48-37 to Frazee on Saturday after losing 63-39 to Pequot Lakes on Friday.
The two losses dropped the Panthers to 3-4 on the season. It was the fourth straight loss for Parkers Prairie after starting 3-0.
NORDIC SKIING (From Friday)
The Alexandria Nordic ski teams each finished fourth at the Brainerd Invite this past Friday. Little Falls won the event in both the boys and girls races.
Eric Branch and Pat Flynn both finished top 10 for the Alexandria boys. Branch crossed the finish line in 29:55 and Flynn in 30:27. Skiers classic raced for 4.6 kilometers before skate skiing 4.6K.
Carl Branch was 16th in 31:16. Casey Call was 31st (33:55), Sitka Corage 46th (37:26), Justin Schmitz 50th (38:39) and Grant Rudolph 51st (38:40).
Julia Sieling paced the Alexandria girls with a fourth-place finish. She finished in 34:42. Ellie Hurlen was 16th in 36:36. Becca Mateer finished 20th (37:19), Lauren Hagstrom was 22nd (38:07), Britt Hurlen 24th (38:27), JeAnna Miller 30th (39:39) and Camille Johnson 37th (42:25).
Battle Lake 82, Osakis 54
The Osakis boys put up 33 points in the second half against an undefeated Battle Lake team but the Battlers had too much in an 82-54 game.
Battle Lake jumped out to a 41-21 lead at the break, but Osakis didn't quit after halftime. The Silverstreaks cut their deficit to 13 points with about seven minutes left.
"We played one of our best offensives games this year," head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Guys did a great job of attacking the paint And kicking it out to find open guys. We knocked down shots too Which kept us in the game. We were patient on offense and didn't force the issue like we have in the past. We struggled defensively getting back against their transition. Battle lake is long and athletic and we played them tough for most of the game."
Hunter Scherr led Osakis with 14 points. Haden Hendricks had 12 points and Lane Berberich and John Boogaard each had eight.
The Alexandria boys' hockey team wrapped up its play at the Roseau Tournament with a 6-0 loss against host Roseau.
The Cardinals found themselves in the tournament title game after winning their previous two games by 2-1 scores against Coon Rapids on Thursday and Minot on Friday.
The Rams won the tournament after outscoring their three opponents by a combined 16-2. Alex Strand and Cole Bjugson each had two goals apiece through the first two periods against Alexandria. Brady Castle and Zach Yon then added third-period goals to put the finishing touches on the win.
The Cardinals got 16 shots on goal but couldn't get anything past Roseau's Ryan Anderson. Sam Goetsch took the loss for the Cards with six goals allowed and 24 saves.
Alec Wosepka scored in the win over Minot and Alexandria finished off that game in a shootout. Wosepka scored in the 2-1 win over Coon Rapids, as well, before Jack Steffl got the game winner 11:45 into the third period.
Goetsch got the win in both games, accumulating 44 saves in the two games. Alexandria moved to 8-3 after the tournament.