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Basketball roundup: Alex girls improve to 3-0 at home; Kyle Mages delivers big games for Osakis

The Alexandria girls took care of Moorhead while the WCA programs each earned wins.

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Alexandria's Hadley Thul dribbles the ball up the court in a game against Becker on Dec. 29, 2022. Thul had 15 points in Alexandria's 76-59 loss. Thul had 11 points in Alexandria's 76-59 win over Moorhead on Jan. 10, 2023.
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The Alexandria girls basketball team improved to 3-0 at home this season with a 60-41 win over the Moorhead Spuds on Tuesday.

Alexandria (8-3) faced a Moorhead team (1-11) that had size but Alexandria’s speed and intensity made the difference in the win.

Chloe Scholl and Allie Haabala tied for a team-high 12 points for the Cardinals and both grabbed six rebounds. Hadley Thul and Morgan Seesz each had 11 points. MaCee Linow had nine points while Kate Hennessey had five points.

Seesz had five rebounds in the game. Haabala had five assists, while Lauren Beyer had five steals and four deflections. Thul had three deflections.

Alexandria hosts Fergus Falls on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

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Osakis boys shut down Royalton, but fall to Browerville-Eagle Valley

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Osakis' Kyle Mages puts up a layup over a Paynesville Area player in the first half of Osakis' 62-50 on Dec. 8, 2022. Mages had a double-double with 23 points and 10 rebounds in Osakis' 54-41 win over Royalton on Jan. 9, 2023.
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The Osakis boys basketball team had a busy start to the week with a game on Monday at Royalton and a game on Tuesday at Browervile.

Osakis defeated Royalton, 54-41 but lost to Browerville-Eagle Valley, 63-60.

Osakis held Royalton to nine points in the first half of its win on Monday.

“We did a nice job defensively holding them to nine points at the half, but they made some adjustments and got us out of position in the second half, which allowed them to get back into the game,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “We had good looks throughout, but we started making more of them in the second half. We didn't shoot well from the perimeter and we had too many turnovers, but we continue to find a way to win ugly games.”

Kyle Mages had a double-double in the Silverstreaks' win on Monday with 23 points and 10 rebounds.

In the Browerville-Eagle Valley game, Osakis led 29-23 at halftime, but a 40-point second half by Browerville-Eagle Valley flipped things and Browerville-Eagle Valley earned the three-point win.

“We had another tough battle where we had to defend the entire game and we did a pretty good job of that except for about five minutes,” Hoelscher said. “We played really well the first half as we moved the ball offensively, made some tough shots, forced some turnovers, but we got tired the last three minutes and allowed them to go on a run and cut the deficit at halftime. We came out a little flat second half and it went back and forth for a good chunk of the rest of the game. We played really well in the first half as we moved the ball offensively, made some tough shots, and forced some turnovers, but we got tired the last three minutes and allowed them to go on a run and cut the deficit at halftime. We came out a little flat second half, and it went back and forth for a good chunk of the rest of the game.”

Kyle Mages nearly had another double-double, as he had 23 points and nine rebounds in the game.

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“Kyle and Grant Mages did a great job looking for each other in the high post and short corner, Mekai [Hoelscher] was able to hit a few threes and jumpers to get him out of his slump,” Coach Hoelscher said. “Stewart did an excellent job getting to the rim in transition and the full court. Two physical games back-to-back caused us to get tired down the stretch and as coaches, we need to do a better job of getting our bench players up to speed on what defense and offense were running so we can give guys more breaks.”

Osakis is now 7-2 on the season.

The Silverstreak hosts Swanville on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Royalton - 9 32 - 41 

Osakis - 26 28 - 54

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 22-47; 3-PT - 2-10; FT - 8-16; Assists - 7; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 30; Steals - 14; Delfections - 8; Fouls - 12; Turnovers - 20

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Blake Bouldin - 1 assist, 2 rebounds; Stewart Jones - 10 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals, 4 deflections; Grant Mages - 11 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 deflection; Seth Staloch - 4 points, 1 block, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 deflections; Kyle Mages - 23 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 10 rebounds, 3 steals; Drew Imdieke - 1 point, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals; Jacob Johanson - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 deflection; Marcus Wolf - 1 rebound; Mekai Hoelscher - 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals; McCarter Kirksey - 1 assist, 1 steal

Browerville-Eagle Valley - 23 40 - 63

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Osakis - 29 31 - 60 

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 26-58; 3-PT - 3-16; FT - 5-8; Assists - 12; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 24; Steals - 7; Deflections - 2; Fouls - 12; Turnovers - 8

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Blake Bouldin - 2 points; Stewart Jones - 16 points, 2 assists, 1 block, 4 rebounds, 5 steals, 1 deflection; Grant Mages - 6 points, 3 assists, 7 rebounds; Seth Staloch - 3 rebounds; Kyle Mages - 24 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 9 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 deflection; Drew Imdieke - 6 assists, 1 rebound; Mekai Hoelscher - 12 points

Browerville-Eagle Valley girls edges out Osakis

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Osakis' Greta Faber looks for a teammate to pass to during the team's 57-41 win over LPGE on Monday, Jan. 9, 2023.
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After its win on Monday over Long Prarie-Grey Eagle at home on Monday, the Osakis girls basketball team hit the road to face Browerville-Eagle Valley. Osakis led by seven at halftime but Browerville-Eagle Valley clawed out the 59-55 win.

"The game was back and forth for most of the game,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Many different girls hit shots which was nice to see. Defensively, we worked hard and did the things early we needed to do. Browerville was able to go on a little run right before the half to cut the lead to 2 points. The second half was close all the way through.”

Browerville-Eagle Valley built an eight-point lead late in the second half, but Osakis cut it down to a two-point game.

“We needed defensive stops, unfortunately, on three possessions in a row, they were able to gain offensive rebounds and putbacks that really hurt us,” Kalpin said. “The game came down to late-game situations being able to execute offensively and getting defensive rebounds. The girls need to gain more experience with games like this that are close at the end, which will be a point of emphasis in practices moving forward. It was overall a good effort from the girls. “

Taylor Dirkes and Greta Faber tied for a team-high 14 points. Osakis hosts Swanville at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.

OSAKIS TEAM STATS (unofficial) - FG - 21-48; 3-PT - 8-15; FT - 5-11; Assists - 18; Rebounds - 32; Steals - 3; Fouls - 15; Turnovers - 16

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS (unofficial) - Madeline Anderson - 7 points, 8 assists, 7 rebounds; Greta Faber - 14 points, 3 rebounds; Taylor Dirkes - 14 points, 3 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Hailey Walker - 2 points, 1 assist; Carlee Muenzhuber - 4 points, 4 assists, 4 rebounds, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Kiley Kranz - 8 points, 3 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Maggie Dirkes - 6 points, 1 rebound

Three-point barrage lifts WCA boys over Benson

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West Central Area guard Jacob Strunk picks up a loose ball against Brandon-Evansville in the Knights' win over the Chargers on Jan. 11, 2022. Strunk had 23 points in WCA's 83-37 win over Benson on Jan. 10, 2023.
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The West Central Area boys basketball team knocked down 14 three-pointers on 28 attempts in its 83-37 win over the Benson Braves on Tuesday.

The Knights made 32 out of their 62 shots, while the Braves made 15 out of their 36 shots (7-of-25 from the three-point line).

Jacob Strunk led all scorers with 23 points, while Cole Anderson added 20 points. Ben Bye added 12 points, while Mitch Dewey had nine points and Bryce Kjesbo had seven. Rounding out the scoring for the Knights, Sam Hanson had five points, Roman Mihailovschi had three and Damon Sanstead had two, while Brett Amundson and Cash Nelson each had one point.

Kjesbo led the team in rebounds with nine and helped the Knights hold a 33-21 edge on the glass. Bye had eight rebounds and Amundson had four.

Cole Anderson led the Knights with seven assists while Nasir Dotts had four and Hanson finished with three. Kjesbo and Dewey had four steals, while Strunk had three and Anderson, Dotts and Hanson each had three.

WCA is now 8-2 on the season.

The Knights hit the road to face Montevideo at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.

WCA girls hold Staples-Motley to 22 points

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West Central Area's Claire Stark puts up a shot over New London-Spicer's Ava Carlson (15) during a game on Nov. 29, 2022. Stark scored 16 points in the Knights' 70-43 loss. Stark had 24 points, eight rebounds and nine blocks in WCA's win over Staples-Motley on Jan. 10, 2023.
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The West Central Area girls basketball team earned its largest victory of the season on Tuesday as it beat Staples-Motley 78-22 on the road to improve to 5-6 on the season.

“This game is one that really shows what it means to be a team,” WCA head coach Becca Holland said. “We have focused on playing to each other's strengths and playing as one. I have noticed different athletes step up and be a leader when needed and that is really exciting to see.”

Claire Stark nearly had a triple-double for the Knights as she finished with 24 points, eight rebounds, and nine blocks, all of which were team-highs on the night.

Mya Foslien also scored over 20 points on the night as she finished with 21 to go along with eight rebounds.

Jayden Styba had seven steals in the game.

WCA plays on the road against Wheaton-Hermann-Norcross on Thursday at 7:30 p.m.

WCA PLAYER STATS - Jayden Styba - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 deflections, 7 steals; Maya Krusemark - 1 rebound, 1 steal; McKenna Beyer - 2 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 deflection; Brooklyn Strobel - 1 assist; Madi Krusemark - 2 rebounds, 3 deflections; Sydney Ulrich - 3 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 deflections, 2 steals; Quinn Huntley - 2 points; Mya Foslien - 21 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 deflections, 2 steals, 2 blocks; Claire Stark - 24 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals, 9 blocks; Macy Grosz - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 deflections, 4 steals; Addison Staples - 11 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 deflections, 1 steal, 1 block

Underwood holds off B-E boys

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Underwood led 31-25 at halftime of its game against the Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team on Tuesday and held on to win 63-57.

“Underwood played really hard and shot the ball really well,” B-E head Trent Hintermeister said. “We didn't do a good job scrapping for rebounds and doing the special teams stuff. Give Underwood credit; they deserved to win the game.”

Dezmond White led the Chargers' offense with 27 points and eight rebounds, while Micha Fuller had 19 points.

B-E (2-5) is on the road on Thursday to play Border West at 7:30 p.m.

B-E - 25 32 - 57

Underwood - 31 32 - 63

B-E TEAM STATS - FG- 22-52; 3-PT - 8-26; FT - 5-10; Rebounds - 22; Assists - 14; Deflections - 12; Steals - 7; Blocks - 1; Turnovers - 16; Fouls - 13

B-E PLAYERS STATS - Micah Fuller - 19 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals, 1 block; Riley Perleberg - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Brady Perleberg - 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Tanner Riedel - 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 deflection; Carter White - 6 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 deflection, 1 steal; Dezmond White - 27 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection; Kian Gackle - 2 deflections; Nathan Anderson - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Lucas Fuller - 1 point, 1 deflection

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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