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Osakis girls fall to Sauk Centre

The Osakis girls’ basketball team found itself in a similar situation Saturday as it did just a season ago, losing a close game to Sauk Centre in the Section 6AA North semifinals.

The Silverstreaks dug a major hole in the first half as they trailed by 13 points at halftime Saturday. They managed to climb within two points in the second half, but the early deficit proved difficult to overcome at the end of the game.

“We just dug too big of a hole in the first half, and you can’t do that against a good team like that,” head coach Pat Kalpin said. “We made a (heck) of a push that second half; we just couldn’t get over that hump.”

The loss marked the second consecutive season where the Silverstreaks beat Sauk Centre in the regular season but were unable to repeat the victory in section play at St. John’s University. In 2013, Osakis lost 46-39 to Sauk Centre in the north sub-section semifinals.

This feeling of déjà vu made the loss difficult to swallow.

“It’s hard losing by just five, and we lost to them last year in the same round of playoffs,” senior Annalise Savageau said. “But it is what it is.”

Savageau led the Silverstreaks’ offense with 19 points, including 15 in the second half. Madi Forsell finished second in team scoring with nine points.

The Silverstreaks played much better in the second half, outscoring Sauk Centre by eight points. But that was still not enough to erase a Mainstreeters’ first half where the team grabbed 11 offensive rebounds and scored nine second-chance points.

“Our defense picked up and we rebounded a lot better,” Savageau said about Osakis’ second half. “I think we gave up a lot of offensive rebounds in the first half, so they got some extra shots, which didn’t help.”

Sauk Centre managed to ice the game by grabbing a few key offensive rebounds and hitting its free throws.

“I started to think we had a chance to come back,” senior Brooke Sorenson said about their second half effort.

The game was also the last for the team’s four seniors, Sorenson, Savageau, Forsell and Diana Alverson. Kalpin said the section loss was a difficult way to see the seniors’ careers end.

“That’s the toughest part, is saying goodbye to the seniors,” Kalpin said. “They have done so much for the program over the years and they have worked really hard. I’m going to miss them, I am proud of those kids.”


SAUK CENTRE 27 22 – 49

OSAKIS 14 30 – 44

TEAM RESULTS – OSAKIS – FG – 19-42 (45 percent); 3 PT FG – 4-16 (25 percent); FT – 2-3 (67 percent); Rebounds – 24; Assists – 10; Turnovers – 17; SAUK CENTRE – FG – 16-50 (32 percent); 3 PT FG – 7-23 (30 percent); FT – 10-15 (67 percent); Rebounds – 35; Assists – 9; Turnovers – 14

OSAKIS – Mackenzie Staloch – 5 points, 5 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals; Annalise Savageau – 19 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 block, 3 steals; Brooke Sorenson – 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 block; Brittney Sadlemyer – 3 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 5 blocks; Madi Forsell – 9 points, 4 rebounds; Alexa Hoffarth – 2 points; Johanna Boogaard – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

OSAKIS 18 41 – 59

PILLAGER 13 7 – 20

OSAKIS – Hoffarth – 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Staloch – 6 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Savageau – 24 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Sorenson – 6 points, 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 4 steals; Spychalla – 2 points; Sadlemyer – 10 points, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 6 rebounds, 4 steals; Forsell – 6 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds, 2 steals; Alecia Kaelke – 3 points, 1 block, 1 rebound

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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