The Alexandria girls basketball team had no problems rolling past St. Cloud Apollo on the road on Tuesday night in a 62-30 win.

The Cardinals (17-7, 10-3 Central Lakes Conference) never gave the Eagles (1-20, 1-12) a chance behind a balanced scoring effort. Mataya Hoelscher led the way with 13 points, while Ella Grove had 12, Alayna Strand had 10, Jaya Hatlestad finished with eight and Lilly Horn chipped in seven. Mia McGrane led the defense for Alexandria with nine steals.

ALEXANDRIA 62, ST. CLOUD APOLLO 30

ALEXANDRIA - Mataya Hoelscher - 13 points, 3 assists; Ella Grove - 12 points, 5 rebounds; Alayna Strand - 10 points, 3 assists; Jaya Hatlestad - 8 points, 4 steals; Lilly Horn - 7 points, 6 rebounds; Mia McGrane - 4 points, 3 assists, 9 steals; Myah Kremer - 3 points; Hannah Boraas - 3 points; Summer Gerhardt - 2 points

Osakis falls in tight battle with Braves

Osakis lost a second straight close game to start the week when Benson held on for a 64-58 win on Tuesday night.

The Braves (14-9) overcame a two-point deficit at the break by putting up 35 points after halftime. Benson shot 54.8% overall, including 18-of-29 from inside the arch.

“After being down 14-0 to begin the game, the girls fought back and were able to take a lead into halftime,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Maddie Johanson got the run going for us by having a huge first half with 15 points. Once that started, the other girls got going as well. It was fun to watch us respond the way we did after the slow start.”

The Silverstreaks put three players in double figures as Johanson led the way with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Mara VanNyhuis had 14 points and six rebounds, and Alexis Johanson finished with 16 points.

Benson got 21 points from Kaitlyn Berreau. Claire Ricard added 20 on 9-of-13 shooting, and Abigail Lundebrek gave the Braves 10 points.

“The second half was back and forth for a bit, but we went on a scoring drought, which allowed Benson to get a lead,” Kalpin said. “We had the game within three points with chances to get it to one on a couple possessions, but didn't hit the shots. Again, the big thing is they are creating opportunities to win these games and that's all we can ask as a coaching staff. Many positive things to take out of this game tonight."

OSAKIS 31 27 - 58

BENSON 29 35 - 64

TOTALS - Osakis - FG - 20-53; Three-point FG - 10-29; FT - 8-16; Rebounds - 32; Assists - 12; Turnovers - 9; Benson - FG - 23-42; Three-point FG - 5-13; FT - 13-23; Rebounds - 32; Assists - 15; Turnovers - 9

OSAKIS - Alexa Lien - 1 rebound; Mara VanNyhuis - 14 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Alexis Johanson - 16 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Hayleigh Niehoff - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist; Grace Oeltjen - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal; Maddie Johanson - 19 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal; Haylee Jern - 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 steals; Abby Randall - 2 points, 1 rebound

BENSON SCORING - Kaitlyn Berreau - 21; Abbie Mitteness - 5; Claire Ricard - 20; Hannah Andrews - 4; Abigail Lundebrek - 10; Marissa Connelly - 4