The Osakis girls basketball team ran into one of the best Class AA programs in the state on Tuesday night as Sauk Centre won a 70-35 game on its home court.
The Mainstreeters (4-1) are ranked third in the Minnesota Basketball News Class AA polls. The Silverstreaks (1-3) held them to just 35% shooting, but that came on 80 shot attempts compared to 39 for Osakis.
“I thought our girls worked really hard against a very good Sauk Centre team tonight,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Our main focus going into the game was handling their press and running effective offense. I was happy with how we did against their press. What we need to learn is how to transition into offense out of the full court. That will come with playing more and each of the girls getting comfortable with each other.”
Sauk Centre had three players in double figures. Tori Peschel led the way with 19 points, while Julia Dammann and Michaela Dammann each added 12. Maddie Nelson chipped in nine points, and Kayle Trisko added more depth with eight.
The Mainstreeters got so many shot attempts dominating on the boards with 28 offensive rebounds.
“With their size, we struggled rebounding the ball,” Kalpin said of a 54-25 advantage for Sauk Centre on the glass. “Not that we weren't giving an effort. They simply got to the ball quicker than we did. The team needs to continue to stay positive and focus on improving each practice and game."
Senior forward Maddie Johanson was Osakis’ only player in double figures with 10 points and six rebounds. Alexis Johanson added seven points, and Grace Oeltjen had five.
SAUK CENTRE 36 34 - 70
OSAKIS 16 19 - 35
TOTALS - OSAKIS - FG - 13-39; Three-point FG - 3-15; FT - 6-9; Rebounds - 25; Assists - 9; Steals - 3; Turnovers - 20; SAUK CENTRE - FG - 28-80; Three-point FG - 7-35; FT - 7-10; Rebounds - 54; Assists - 14; Steals - 14; Turnovers - 5
OSAKIS - Tessa Stanek - 4 points; Alexa Lien - 3 points, 2 assists, 1 steal; Mara VanNyhuis - 1 steal; Alexis Johanson - 7 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists; Hayleigh Niehoff - 1 rebound, 1 assist; Grace Oeltjen - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Maddie Johanson - 10 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block; Haylee Jern - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Abby Randall - 4 points; Kadyn Triebenbach - 1 rebound, 1 block