Girls' basketball: Osakis rallies past Morris
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
Osakis improved to 2-0 on the season, but not without a battle.
Trailing the visiting Morris/Chokio-Alberta Tigers by eight at the half Thursday night, the Silverstreak girls worked their way back into the fray to win 54-51.
“This was a great win for our team tonight,” said head coach Pat Kalpin. “We were down by 13 with about eight minutes to go, but were able to come back for the win.
“Early in the game, we started out on a 12-0 run, but Morris was able to come back and take an eight point lead into half time.
“The second half we really struggled offensively, trying to find our groove,” he said. “Morris, defensively, is really good, and we had to work for everything we got tonight offensively.
“We finished the game on an 18-3 run to help us secure the win. I felt that the key was our full court defensive pressure we were able to get into. We forced Morris into a few key turnovers and also some quick shots.”
“Credit goes to our girls for their effort tonight and not ever giving up.”
Annalise Savageau was once again the catalyst for the Silverstreaks as she poured in 20 points and added four assists, two blocks and five rebounds.
“Again, a great team win for us, with 10 girls scoring for us again,” said Kalpin. “I feel our depth is going to really give us an advantage late in games, especially close ones.
“Individually, we had key plays by everyone who played. I thought that Becka Sadlemyer played one of her best all-around games and Brittney Sadlemyer gave us a much needed spark off the bench, coming up with some key baskets and rebounds.
“Brooke Sorenson was solid with her all-around play,” he added. “She did so many little things that helped our team win, including a big 3-point shot down the stretch.
“At the end of the game, we were able to make free throws to help us solidify the win. Annalise Savageau was 8-8 in the last few minutes. It was one of those early season games that really challenged the character and heart of our team. It was nice to see us respond the way we did tonight!”
Osakis will host Royalton Friday night, and next Tuesday will be at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle.
MORRIS/CA 30 21 — 51
OSAKIS 22 32 — 54
MORRIS – Makenzie Smith 7, Beth Holland 10, Becca Holland 2, Katie Holzheimer 19, Nicole Strobel 3, Abbie Olson 2, Kaitlin Vogel 8. Field goals 26, 3-pt 1, Free throws 4-8.
OSAKIS – Tayler Waldovgel 2, Annalise Savageau 20, Brooke Sorenson 8, Mariah Backes 2, Dani Chisholm 2, Mackenzie Staloch 4, Brittney Sadlemyer 4, Wolbeck 1, Becka Saldemyer 9, Madi Forsell 2. Field goals 19-44, 3-pt 4-11 (Savageau 2, Sorenson 1, Be. Sadlemyer 1), Free throws 12-18, Assists 16 (Savageau 4, Rachelle Rajdl 3, Sorenson 3), Blocks 4 (Savageau 2, Br. Sadlemyer 1, Wolbeck 1), Rebounds 24 (Sorenson 6, Savageau 5, Be. Sadlemyer 4), Steals 4 (Be. Sadlemyer 2, Br. Sadlemyer 2), Turnovers 14.