Girls roundup: Alex, Osakis make easy work of conference foes
Cardinals stay atop the Central Lakes Conference, while Osakis gets all-around games from Alexis Johanson and Mara VanNyhuis to beat LPGE.
The Alexandria girls basketball team (12-4, 10-1 CLC) made easy work of St. Cloud Tech (2-13, 2-12 CLC) for a second time this season on the way to a fifth straight win Thursday night.
The Cardinals controlled things from the opening tip in a 72-34 final.
“Defense was in lockdown mode and we got out and pushed the tempo to wear down the Tigers,” head coach Wendy Kohler said.
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The senior backcourt duo of Jaya Hatlestad and Mataya Hoelscher each had 17 points, and forward Lilly Horn added 11.
Alexandria heads to Sartell at 1 p.m. on Saturday for another section and CLC game.
ALEXANDRIA 72, ST. CLOUD TECH 34
ALEXANDRIA SCORING - Jaya Hatlestad - 17; Mataya Hoelscher - 17; Lilly Horn - 11; Morgan Jones - 8; Alayna Strand - 7; Chloe Scholl - 3; Ellie Heydt - 3; Myah Kremer - 2; Ella Sayre - 2
Osakis rolls over Thunder
Osakis (7-6, 5-2 Prairie Conference) held Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (3-8, 0-6 Prairie) to 29.4% shooting on Thursday and controlled things from start to finish in a 66-42 win.
“The girls played well. We were a bit slow early but were able to get into a good rhythm midway through the first half,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Offensively, we did a nice job of moving the ball and taking good shots. Defensively, we did a nice job of limiting them to one shot and rebounding. It was a fun game to get all the girls playing time to contribute to winning the game. Just an overall great game for the team tonight.”
The Silverstreaks countered by shooting 43.6%, including hitting 9-of-18 threes. Alexis Johanson led 10 scorers for Osakis with 21 points on an efficient 8-of-11 shooting. Mara VanNyhuis added 14 points, six rebounds and five assists.
“Both Alexis Johanson and Mara VanNyhuis had great all-around games for us,” Kalpin said. “They both scored well, rebounded well and led the team in assists."
OSAKIS 32 34 - 66
LPGE 15 27 - 42
TOTALS - Osakis - FG - 24-55; Three-point FG - 9-18; FT - 9-17; Rebounds - 37; Assists - 17; Deflections - 5; Steals - 8; Turnovers - 9; Turnovers - 9; LPGE - FG - 15-51; Three-point FG - 10-28; Rebounds - 29; Assists - 14; Deflections - 16; Turnovers - 18
OSAKIS - Tessa Stanek - 1 rebound, 3 assists; Brooke Breiter - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Lexi Spychalla - 6 points, 2 rebounds; Mara VanNyhuis - 14 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 3 steals; Alexis Johanson - 21 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Lexi Klimek - 2 points, 2 assists; Hayleigh Niehoff - 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals; Julianna Collins - 3 rebounds; Grace Oeltjen - 4 rebounds, 2 assists; Carlee Muenzhuber - 1 rebound; Madi Collins - 2 points, 1 rebound; Kiley Kranz - 2 points, 1 rebound; Anna Wolf - 2 points, 1 rebound; Kadyn Triebenbach - 2 points, 4 rebounds
LPGE SCORING - Madison Spaeth - 2; Emily Weber - 6; Nora Gamradt - 9; Amber Miller - 6; Itzel Salazar Cervantes - 14; Alyssa Thelen - 5
Scores from Thursday, March 4
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Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (4-11) 68, Ashby (3-10) 53
Parkers Prairie (12-2) 68, Swanville (9-7) 27