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Basketball roundup: B-E girls hold LPGE to 10 points; Alexandria girls put up 85 points in win

The B-E girls held Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to 10 points on Tuesday, while the Alexandria girls scored 85 points in a large win, the Osakis girls won another home game, and the WCA boys lost a close game to Border West.

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B-E's Taylor Dingwall puts up a baseline floater during the team's 81-51 loss to WHN on Jan. 10, 2023. Dingwall had a team-high 13 points in B-E's 55-10 win over LPGE on Jan. 24, 2023.
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The Brandon-Evansville girls basketball had a stellar defensive performance on Tuesday as it held Long Prairie-Grey Eagle to 10 points in a 45-point win in Evansville on Tuesday.

“The girls played hard with an emphasis on defense, and it showed,” B-E head coach Steve Schreiber said. “It was a great all-around effort with the C team and JV winning as well. The C team is now 4-1, and JV is 12-2 to go along with the varsity team winning three of its last five.”

B-E’s home game on Tuesday was the first of six straight home games it’s set to have.

The Chargers (4-10) held the Thunder (1-15) to six points in the first half and four points in the second half.

B-E had a balanced offense on Tuesday led by Taylor Dingwall with 13 points and Haddy Baune with 12. Grace Otto had seven points, while Kylee Dingwall had six, Sydney Schaefer, Maddy Anderson and EmmaLee Brethorst had four points. Skylar Bitzan and Ava Santjer each had two points and Kayla Bitzan-Anderson had one point.

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The Chargers also honored the members of their team who put up over 10,000 shots this summer.

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Members of the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team hold up their 10K shot club shirts after a 55-10 win over Long Prairie-Grey Eagle on Jan. 24, 2023. These five put up 10,000 shots on the 2022 summer.
Contributed photo by Steve Schreiber

B-E hosts Browerville-Eagle Valley (9-7) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Alex girls score season-high in win over Sauk Rapids-Rice

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Alexandria senior Morgan Seesz drives to the basket during the second half of Alexandria's 62-42 win over Detroit Lakes on Jan. 17, 2023. Seesz had five points in the win. Seesz had eight points in Alexandria's 85-49 win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Jan. 24, 2023.
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The Alexandria girls basketball team scored a season-high 85 points in a 36-point win over Sauk Rapids-Rice on Tuesday.

“Our defensive energy and offensive balance were key as everyone was in sync the entire game,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “We had balance in all phases of the game and our depth wore down the Storm.”

The Cardinals played the Storm (8-8, 2-3 Section 8AAA) in their season-opener on Dec. 1, 2022, and pulled out a 66-62 win.

Alexandria, who is the No. 6 ranked team in Class AAA by Minnesota Basketball News, is now 13-3 (5-1 Section 8AAA) this season and has won nine games in a row.

Chloe Scholl had a double-double, 14 points and 11 rebounds in the win. Hadley Thul had 16 points in the game, while MaCee Linow had 14 points.

Morgan Seesz had eight points while Lauren Beyer had seven, Ella Steussy and Kaia Emter both had five. Kate Hennessey had three points, while Camree Miller, McKinley Hoelscher and Kendra Wolf each had two points.

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Thul dished out four assists and deflected three passes. Haabala and Hennessey each had three assists. Hennessey had three steals while Beyer and Linow had two.

Alexandria hosts Willmar (4-11) on Friday at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis girls win fifth-straight home game

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Osakis' Madeline Anderson drives to the hoop in the first half of Osakis' 57-41 over LPGE on Jan. 9, 2023. Anderson had six points in the team's win. Anderson had seven points, seven rebounds and nine deflections in Osakis' 43-36 win over Melrose on Jan. 24, 2023.
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The Osakis girls improved to 7-6 on the season and 5-2 at home with a 43-36 win over Melrose (3-13) on Tuesday.

“This was a tough, hard-fought win for the girls,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “We didn't get off to the greatest start with the size and length of Melrose; they were able to tip passes and force some early turnovers. Once we slowed down a bit and recognized what was open, we were able to move the ball for good open looks.”

The Silverstreaks were very active on the defensive end as they deflected 29 Dutchmen passes.

Bella Weisser had a double-double for the Silverstreaks with 11 points and 10 deflections.

“Defensively, I thought the girls played well, keeping them under 40 points,” Kalpin said. “They have a solid 6 '1" post that we defended well and kept off the boards. Our help-side defense has been improving with every game, and tonight was a key to the win. Once again, all the girls played a big part in this win doing their part. It's been fun to watch this team continue to improve and come together. If we continually work hard, the girls will continue to see improvement as a team."

Madeline Anderson had nine deflections along with seven points and seven rebounds.

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Kiley Kranz had a team-high 11 rebounds in the game, while Taylor Dirkes had a team-high 13 points.

Osakis hosts Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (2-11) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Melrose - 15 21 - 36

Osakis - 21 22 - 43

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 14-43; 3-PT - 7-22; FT - 8-14; Rebounds - 37; Assists - 11; Deflections - 29; Steals - 10; Turnovers - 22; Fouls - 14

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Hailey Walker - 1 deflection; Madeline Anderson - 7 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 9 deflections, 1 steal; Taylor Dirkes - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 deflections, 1 steal; Bella Weisser - 11 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 10 deflections, 2 steals; Carlee Muenzhuber - 4 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 deflections, 4 steals; Kiley Kranz - 2 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Maggie Dirkes - 6 points

Border West wins tight battle over WCA boys

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West Central Area's Sam Hanson puts up a mid-range jumper during the team's 77-44 win over Brandon-Evansville on Jan. 16, 2023. WCA scored 60 points in the first half of its win. Hanson had three points in WCA's 59-57 loss to Border West on Jan. 24, 2023.
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The Border West Buccaneers edged out a close 59-57 win on Tuesday, which dropped the West Central Area boys basketball team to 11-4 on the year.

Border West hit 49 percent of its shots (22-45, 6-15 3-PT) and made nine of 12 free throws. Clint Determan had a game-high 26 points for Border West. 18 of those 26 points came in the second half.

"Border West is a very talented basketball team,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Every possession against teams like them is important. We didn't capitalize when we had chances to put them away."

WCA shot 39 percent from the field (20-51) and made 11 of 26 three-pointers, along with six out of eight free throws.

Jacob Strunk led the Knights in scoring with 14, while Cole Anderson had 12, and Mitch Dewey, along with Bryce Kjesbo had nine points. Nas Dotts added seven points, while Sam Hanson finished with three points, Ben Bye had two points, and Brett Amundson had one.

Bye led the Knights in rebounding with seven while Kjesbo and Anderson tied for a team-high five assists. Dotts led the Knights in steals with four, while Dewey had three.

WCA hosts Montevideo (7-7) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Sam Stuve covers a variety of sports in the Douglas County area. He also is assigned to do some news stories as well.
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