The Osakis girls basketball team (4-5) got a second straight win on Thursday by pulling away from Melrose (3-6) in a 60-39 final.
The Silverstreaks controlled the game from the get-go, grabbing a 32-12 lead by the break. They shot 45.8% overall (22-48), including an 8-of-24 night from three.
“All week long we've been stressing the importance of playing a complete game from start to finish,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “The girls came out and played well with great intensity. We were able to get out to an early lead and build on it throughout the first half, which ended on a 3-point make by Grace Oeltjen going into halftime. The second half, we were able to continue doing things well on both ends of the court. It was good to see a number of players get playing time and contribute.”
Ten different players scored for Osakis. Alexis Johanson led the way with 14. Mara VanNyhuis added 13 points, seven rebounds, six assists and four steals. Audrey Welle was Melrose’s only player in double figures with 10.
“We have been stressing the defensive end more and more and that has improved greatly,” Kalpin said. “Offensively, we were able to get nice, balanced scoring. One stat that sticks out from the game was our assists. We had 18 assists on 22 field goals. That stat shows we are sharing the ball and moving the ball offensively. Each girl contributed and they worked hard together. With us being halfway through the regular season, this was a great step in finishing the second half of the season playing our best basketball.”
OSAKIS 32 28 - 60
MELROSE 12 27 - 39
TOTALS - Osakis - FG - 22-48; Three-point FG - 8-24; FT - 8-10; Rebounds - 29; Assists - 18; Deflections - 5; Steals - 9; Turnovers - 16; Melrose - FG - 17-43; Three-point FG - 2-12; FT - 3-10; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 20
OSAKIS - Tessa Stanek - 3 points; Brooke Breiter - 2 rebounds, 2 assists; Lexi Spychalla - 2 points; Mara VanNyhuis - 13 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists, 4 steals; Alexis Johanson - 14 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals; Lexi Klimek - 3 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Hayleigh Niehoff - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Julianna Collins - 1 rebound; Grace Oeltjen - 6 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists; Kiley Kranz - 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Anna Wolf - 6 points; Kadyn Triebenbach - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists
MELROSE SCORING - Avery Van Beck - 4; Ivy Kalthoff - 4; Molly Kraemer - 2; Kyja Birch - 5; Audrey Welle - 10; Maddie Rosenberger - 3; Madi Stusse - 6; Brooke Meyer - 5
Schaefer sets new B-E record for threes in loss to Underwood
Senior Bailey Schaefer set a new Brandon-Evansville single-game record for threes with seven on Thursday night. Unfortunately for the Chargers (4-6, 4-4 Little Eight Conference), it came in a 50-39 loss to Underwood (8-2, 7-1 LEC).
“It was another low-scoring affair,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “Underwood does such a nice job in their 1-3-1 zone. Their length really gave us trouble at times. They jumped out to a 19-4 lead right away and it was just too big of a hole for us to climb out of, although we did make a nice run at it. All we can do is keep coming to practice each day focused on getting better, and always being willing to compete.”
Schaefer finished her night 7-of-12 from three on her way to 29 points. Kiley Lund added six points on a night when just five players scored in all for B-E.
BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 16 25 - 41
UNDERWOOD 29 21
B-E TOTALS - FG - 16-43; Three-point FG - 7-18; FT - 2-9; Assists - 10; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 27; Steals - 8; Deflections - 14; Turnovers - 24
B-E - Grace Otto - 3 rebounds; Bailey Schaefer - 29 points, 1 assist, 7 rebounds, 4 steals; Olivia Otto - 3 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Sydney Schaefer - 2 rebounds, 1 block; Kaytlyn Pattrin - 3 assists, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Kylee Dingwall - 2 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Korrie Randt - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Kiley Lund - 6 points, 2 rebounds; Skylar Bitzan - 1 point, 1 assist
Scores from Thursday, Feb. 18
(Stats not yet available)
Alexandria (8-3) 73, Rocori (8-3) 42
Parkers Prairie (9-1) 69, Hillcrest Lutheran (2-8) 43
Battle Lake (5-6) 61, Ashby (2-9) 42
Minnewaska (3-7) 53, Benson (1-9) 21