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The Osakis girls basketball team made easy work of Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for its 12th straight win on Thursday night as the Silverstreaks won 61-30 over the Jaguars. Osakis (23-2) left no doubt from the beginning after building a 27-2 lead and going into the half up 31-14. "We were able to move the ball and share it well, running the offense and taking care of the ball," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. "Another game where different girls stepped up and made plays tonight. Just a great team win again for us."
The West Central Area boys basketball team pulled off a slight upset in the fourth and fifth-seed matchup as the Knights knocked off Ortonville on its home court 52-47 in the 6A-South opener on Thursday. Making the win even more impressive is that it came with WCA playing without a key piece in junior point guard Isaiah Westby.
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team gave third-seeded Hancock a scare on Thursday but couldn't overcome the Owls in a 62-55 loss in the 6A-South opener. The Chargers were leading 17-13 before foul trouble started to catch up to them. Three B-E regulars were on the bench with two fouls when Hancock (17-6) went on a 12-0 run. The Chargers cut it to within 29-24 at the break. They remained within striking distance the whole way, but the Owls made their free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
The Osakis boys basketball team had its season come to an end on Thursday night in the 6AA-West opener as second-seeded Albany won a 62-27 game. The Silverstreaks (10-17) were held to just seven points in the second half. That allowed the Huskies (20-7) to create a big gap after leading 35-20 at the break.
West Central Area's Abby Van Kempen has pretty simple reasoning for why she's been able to grab so many rebounds over the course of her career. "I'm tall," she says with a laugh. "Then I usually just try to not let people box me out. I try to spin around them and box them out." It's true. At 6 feet tall, she holds a height advantage over a lot of opponents at the Class A level, but ask her head coach and he'll tell you there's much more to her success.