Basketball roundup: Alex girls defeat Willmar; Osakis, B-E boys fall by one
The Alexandria girls earn a convincing win on the road, while the B-E and Osakis boys begin the season with one-point losses. West Central Area defeated Wadena-Deer Creek.
The Alexandria girls basketball team took care of business on the road on Tuesday, beating Willmar 64-36 to improve to 2-1 this season.
The Cardinals were strong in multiple facets of the game which allowed them to earn their first section and conference win of the season.
Morgan Seesz and Chloe Scholl each had 13 for Alexandria, while Hadley Thul had nine and Allie Haabala and MaCee Linow had eight points. Kaye Hennessy added five, Camree Miller added four, Ella Steussy and McKinley Hoelscher had two points.
Seesz led all rebounders with seven, while Thul and Hennessy had six. Lauren Beyer led the Cardinals defensively with six steals. Allie Haabala, McKinley Hoelscher and Camree Miller had four steals, and Macee Linow had three.
Haabala and Linow had a team-high four assists each. Ella Steussy had five deflections and Thul and Scholl had four.
The Cardinals (2-1) play at home for the first time this season, on Friday at 7:15 p.m. against the St. Cloud Crush.
Osakis boys fall to B-B-E by one
The Osakis boys basketball team started its season on Tuesday and nearly came away with a win over the Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Jaguars, but lost 69-68.
“I thought our guys did a great job of sharing the basketball and played unselfish,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We had a variety of guys score, which will make us tough to defend down the road, but it was obvious it was our first game. We gave up too many good looks in our zone and were slow to get into gaps. We had some costly turnovers, bad fouls, and took some tough shots in the last four minutes that caused us to lose our lead and momentum. Give B-B-E credit as they made us out of rhythm, but I'm confident we can fix those issues.”
Isaac Maddock led the Osakis offense with 18 points and knocked down five of the team’s 11 three-pointers. Kyle Mages nearly finished with a double-double as he had 14 points and nine rebounds.
Mekai Hoelscher also scored in double-figures as he had 13 points. Grant Mages had a team-high seven assists, while Drew Imdieke had a team-high three steals.
“These early games are tough as neither team has a great scouting report so you don't know what to expect on either side of the ball but Issac, Mekai, and Drew shot very well, while Kyle and Grant did a heck of a job fighting down low and came up with big rebounds and baskets,” Coach Hoelscher said. “Marcus [Wolf] gave us some positive energy at the end of the first half by getting a big steal that led to points.”
The Silverstreaks are back at home on Thursday against Paynesville Area at 7:15 p.m. and on Friday against St. John’s Prep, also at 7:15 p.m.
“We need to learn from our mistakes and keep grinding. We have a lot of guys on our bench that haven't had varsity experience so as coaches we need to help them get up to speed and put them situations so they can be successful,” Coach Hoelscher said. “It's a long season and we were in this exact same position last year losing the first game, so hopefully guys are not too down on themselves as it doesn't get any easier with our tough schedule we have through the rests of the month. We are going to be tested here the next few weeks and I'm excited to see how our boys can respond and rise to the challenge,”
BBE - 33 36 - 69
Osakis - 28 40 - 68
OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 27/52; 3-PT - 11/22; FT - 3/8; 17 rebounds, 2 blocks, 22 rebounds, 6 steals, 7 deflections, 18 fouls, 8 turnovers
OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Blake Bouldin - 1 rebound; Stewart Jones - 6 points, 1 block, 1 steal, 1 deflection; Grant Mages - 6 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 deflection; Isaac Maddock - 18 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound, 3 deflections; Kyle Mages - 14 points, 3 assists, 1 block, 9 rebounds, 2 deflections; Drew Imdieke - 9 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals; Tyler Baumgartner - 2 points; Marcus Wolf - 1 rebound; Mekai Hoelscher - 13 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals
Upsala tops B-E boys by one
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team also began its season on Tuesday with one point loss, 66-65 to Upsala.
“I thought we played hard, but poorly defensively,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We seemed to think we could just outscore them, and that clearly wasn't correct. We knew we had big shoes to fill coming into this season, and we now have proof of how much we need to grow defensively.”
Upsala’s Jack Primus scored 30 points on the night on 12-for-18 shooting from the field. Upsala made 27 of its 50 shots from the field and eight of 17 from the three point line.
Dezmond White and Micah Fuller led in the scoring column for the Chargers. White had 23 points while Fuller had 20.
“Offensively, we shot the ball well in spurts but rushed into our offense too often,” Hintermeister said. “Our next practices will be more fundamental work and breaking down what we are going to need to improve on in order to compete with the teams in our section. Upsala deserves credit for taking advantage of our weaknesses and shooting the lights out.”
The Chargers play at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
B-E TEAM STATS - FG - 25/56; 3-PT - 11/32; FT - 4/7; Rebounds - 23; Assists - 19; Deflections - 8; Steals - 8
B-E PLAYER STATS - Micah Fuller - 20 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Riley Perleberg - 1 rebound, 5 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Brady Perleberg - 2 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Tanner Riedel - 11 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Carter White - 2 points; Dezmond White - 23 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 deflections; Kian Gackle - 2 points, 1 steal; Nathan Anderson - 2 points, 2 rebounds; Lucas Fuller - 3 points, 1 rebound; Aaron Gillespie - 1 deflection
WCA boys shut down W-DC in 30-point rout
The West Central Area boys basketball earned its second straight win with strong defense as it beat Wadena-Deer Creek, 64-34 on Tuesday.
"Our depth wore them down,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “We tried to push the pace and keep putting fresh guys in and we just mentally wore them down. We played hard and had many guys contribute to a team win again.”
Jacob Strunk had 19 points, eight rebounds, five steals, and four assists for the Knights while Cole Anderson added 16 points, seven rebounds, three assists, and two steals.
Bryce Kjesbo scored 13 points, grabbed six rebounds and had three steals. Mitch Dewey added eight points, three assists, and two steals, while Ben Bye had seven points, three rebounds and an assist. Roman Mihailovschi had three points on the night, while Cash Nelson, Nasir Dotts, Damon Sanstead and Sam Hanson had two points a piece. Sanstead and Brett Amundson each had three rebounds while Hanson had two assists.
The Knights connected on 34 of its 66 shots and made seven out of 15 three-pointers. The Knights had a 40-29 edge on the glass. The Knights won the turnover battle as they forced 19 and only had eight themselves.
Kobe Snyder and Peyton Church each had 10 points for W-DC.
WCA (2-1) hits the road to play Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.