Julia Ahrndt and the Benson girls’ basketball team were too much for Osakis in the first round of the Section 6AA playoffs last Thursday night.
Ahrndt scored 18 points on six three pointers. Five of those threes came in the first half as the Braves built a 38-6 lead by the break. They would extend that in the second as they moved on with a 68-31 win.
“We didn’t get a real good start versus Benson,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “And they got off to a great start. They shot the ball extremely well and we struggled to score on the offensive end.”
The Silverstreaks did not hang their heads after halftime. Calista Sadlemyer scored all eight of her points in the final 18 minutes as Osakis put forth a lot of energy until the final buzzer. The early deficit was just too much to overcome in the end.
“The second half, our girls played much more relaxed, yet played hard right to the end,” Kalpin said. “They never gave up. It was a tough way to end the season, but I was extremely proud of these girls in the end.”
The Silverstreaks continued to fight through a season in which a lot of players were seeing their first varsity minutes. Katie Didier, Alicia Wagner and Lisa Dillehay led the way for a lot of those young players. All three played in their last game in an Osakis uniform against the Braves.
“It’s especially tough to see our three seniors end their careers at Osakis,” Kalpin said. “These three girls were a joy to coach throughout the years, and I feel very grateful that I had the opportunity to coach them and get to know them. They will be missed.”
Wagner finished with seven points against Benson. Dillehay chipped in five, while Didier had two.
The Silverstreaks wrapped up the season with a 7-19 record. They finished tied for fourth in the Prairie Conference with a 6-6 mark.
OSAKIS 6 25 – 31
BENSON 38 30 – 68
OSAKIS LEADERS – Sabrina Zimmel – 7 points; Annalise Savageau – 2 points; Alicia Wagner – 7 points; Calista Sadlemyer – 8 points; Katie Didier – 2 points; Lisa Dillehay – 5 points