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Silverstreaks cement spot atop Prairie

A 68-55 win for the Osakis girls’ basketball team over West Central Area on Thursday helped it reach 10-0 against Prairie Conference opponents this season.

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While the Silverstreaks still have a perfect record against conference foes, the win gave every other team at least two losses in the Prairie Conference standings. But WCA still made things interesting down the stretch Thursday as they cut Osakis’ lead down to only eight points with four minutes left in the game.

From there, the Silverstreaks managed to put the game away as foul trouble did not help the Knights. Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin expected a battle between the two teams as WCA came into the game with a 6-1 record in the conference.

“They had one loss coming in, to us the first time, so you knew it was going to be a battle,” Kalpin said. “They’ve been improving and playing well.”

Annalise Savageau scored 24 points, and Brooke Sorenson finished with 17 to lead the Silverstreaks’ offense. Both players were able to benefit from some open looks on the perimeter as Sorenson knocked down three three-pointers, and Savageau also scored on two.

“They left us open for threes quite a bit, and we were able to knock them down,” Savageau said.

Abby Van Kempen led the WCA scoring with 20 points, and Holly Van Kempen also scored 15. WCA head coach Beth Hill was glad to see them make things close in the second half, but she would have liked to see a better effort through the entire contest.

“I think we could have done that the entire game, but we just had too many ups and downs,” Hill said. “The main thing that hurt us was having too many turnovers.”

On the other hand, the Silverstreaks would have been happy if they had continued adding to their 13 point halftime through the rest of the game.

“We’ve got to be able to put teams away when we have the opportunity and not let them back into games like we did,” Kalpin said. “You’ve got to give [WCA] all the credit in the world because they didn’t quit.”

The win on Thursday gave the Silverstreaks a 14-1 overall record on the season.

WCA 52, Swanville 38

The West Central Area girls rebounded from a loss to Osakis the night before by beating Prairie Conference foe Swanville 52-38 on Friday night.

Abby Van Kempen had another nice night for WCA with 20 points. She also had 11 rebounds and four steals. Jordan Anderson added 11 points and Tiana Christenson finished with 10.

Morris 61, WCA 45

The West Central Area girls played their third game in as many days on Saturday as the Knights fell short in a 61-45 loss to Morris.

Holly Van Kempen had 17 points, 10 rebounds, two steals, two assists and one blocked shot to lead the way for WCA. Abby Van Kempen added 13 points, nine rebounds, one assist and one blocked shot.

With the games, WCA dropped to 6-2 against conference opponents this season.


WCA 28 27 – 55

OSAKIS 41 27 – 68

TEAM RESULTS – OSAKIS – FG – 26-57; 3PT FG – 5-13; FT – 11-14; Rebounds – 23; Steals – 20; Turnovers – 11

OSAKIS - Mackenzie Staloch – 8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals; Abby Stroup – 4 points, 3 rebounds; Hannah Szech – 2 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds; Annalise Savageau – 24 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 5 steals; Brooke Sorenson – 17 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 7 steals; Madi Forsell – 6 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds, 4 steals; Johanna Boogaard – 7 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds

WCA – Abby Van Kempen – 20 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Holly Van Kempen – 15 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist; Tiana Christenson – 8 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Christina Kruize – 6 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Lauryn McLaughlin – 2 points, 2 steals, 3 assists, 2 rebounds; Kylee Fernholz – 2 points, 1 steal, 1 assist; Amber Oberg – 1 rebound; Doranna Blascyk – 1 rebound; Jordan Anderson – 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 block

Blaze Fugina

Blaze Fugina is the sports editor of the Woodbury and South Washington County Bulletin newspapers. Previously, Blaze worked as a sports editor for the Pierce County Herald and a sports reporter for the Alexandria Echo Press. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls in May of 2011. You can follow Blaze on Twitter at @BlazeFugina.

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