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Girls' basketball: Silverstreaks rally for win

Eric Morken, Echo Press Osakis' Rachelle Rajdl (right) stripped the ball from Minnewaska's Madison Phillips as she tried to drive to the basket during the second half on Tuesday night. Rajdl finished with four points, two assists and no turnovers as she helped Osakis snap a three-game skid.

A second-half rally was enough to help the Osakis girls' basketball team snap a three-game losing streak with a 46-33 win over Minnewaska on Tuesday night.

The Silverstreaks returned home after a 12-day layoff over Christmas break and looked sluggish in the first half. Neither team was able to get many good looks in the opening 18 minutes as the Lakers clung to a 16-15 lead at the break.

"We didn't execute offensively very well the first half," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. "Minnewaska forced us into a few more turnovers than we expect to have, but give them credit, they defend really well."

Osakis has been able to stay in most games behind a defense that has given up just 42.5 points per game this year. That's where the Silverstreaks made their mark throughout the night against the Lakers. Their pressure defense pushed Minnewaska's guards out onto the perimeter and made it hard for the Lakers to get any clean looks at the basket.

Osakis forced 13 steals on the night. Brooke Sorenson used her length to record five of those steals, while Calista Sadlemyer finished with four takeaways. The 33 points allowed is the second lowest point total Osakis has given up this season.

"Defensively, I felt that we played two good halves of basketball," Kalpin said. "The girls made them work for every basket and shot. That's the consistency we need every game, and for the most part, we've been getting good defensive games."

Osakis made just enough shots to slowly pull away in the second half. Annalise Savageau was the catalyst with 11 points after the break, which included two threes midway through the half. Calista Sadlemyer added a three during that stretch to help the Silverstreaks build a lead that they would not relinquish.

The Lakers got as close as six points with 4:30 left in the game after a lay-in by Sydney Joos. Osakis responded with some easy lay-ups and enough made free throws down the stretch to hold on for its fifth win of the season.

Savageau led all scorers with 19 points. Tayler Waldvogel had nine points, all in the second half as she connected on four quick points in the final minute to help her team pull away. Junior guard Rachelle Rajdl gave Osakis good minutes off the bench with four points, two assists and no turnovers.

"Rachelle played her best game of the year for us," Kalpin said. "She came in and took care of the basketball, hit a couple key shots and had two key assists. It was nice to see that type of production from her."

The win moved the Silverstreaks above .500 at 5-4 overall. The Lakers fell to 2-8 with their fourth straight loss.


MINNEWASKA 16 17 - 33

OSAKIS 15 31 - 46

OSAKIS TOTALS - Field goals - 17-35; Three-point field goals - 4-8; Free throws - 8-11; Rebounds - 14; Assists - 10; Blocks - 4; Steals - 13; Turnovers - 17

OSAKIS - C. Sadlemyer - 6 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks, 4 steals; Becka Sadlemyer - 4 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 1 steal; Savageau - 19 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 2 steals; Sorenson - 1 point, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 block, 5 steals; Waldvogel - 9 points; Mariah Backes - 1 assist; Madi Forsell - 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Rajdl - 4 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 steal

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Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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