Basketball roundup: Alex girls win close battle with Marshall; B-E boys shoot well in win over Rothsay
The Alexandria girls erased a halftime deficit and defeated Marshall on the road, while the Brandon-Evansville boys shot the ball well in its win over Rothsay.
The Alexandria girls basketball team trailed 28-23 at halftime of its game on the road against Marshall on Tuesday but made the clutch plays needed to pull out a 52-50 win.
Alexandria (16-4) is now 8-1 in road games this season.
Allie Haabala made some big shots down the stretch for the Cardinals in the win, leading the team in scoring with 13 points.
Hadley Thul had a double-double for Alexandria with 10 points and 11 rebounds, while Kate Hennessy hauled in nine rebounds and scored nine points. Chloe Scholl had nine points in the game, while MaCee Linow added eight, Ella Steussy finished with two, and Camree Miller finished with one.
Haabala and Thul finished tied for the team-high in assists with four.
The Cardinals were stout on defense on Tuesday, and Steussy played a big part in that effort. Steussy had three steals and four deflections, as did Thul.
Haabala and Hennessy blocked two shots, while Miller and Haabala deflected two passes.
Alexandria has six regular season games left, five of which are at home. Alexandria hosts Sartell-St. Stephen (15-5, 9-1 Central Lakes Conference) on Friday at 5:45 p.m., with the Alexandria boys (12-3) hosting Bemidji afterward at 7:15 p.m. Alexandria is 10-0 against CLC opponents so far this season and beat Sartell-St. Stephen.
The Alexandria girls also host Hill-Murray (11-9) at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday.
B-E boys blow past Rothsay
The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team shot the ball efficiently in its 69-38 win over Rothsay on Tuesday. B-E (5-12) connected on 25 out of 45 shots and made 13 of 25 three-pointers.
B-E had 23 assists in the win.
“Our energy and efforts were fantastic,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermeister said. “We played extremely hard for 36 minutes. We still turned the ball over way too many times, which needs to be a point of emphasis moving forward.”
B-E held Rothsay (2-15) to 16-of-56 shooting from the field (5-of-22 from the three-point line) and hauled in 56 rebounds.
“Rothsay is a solid basketball team and well-coached,” Hintermeister said. “Coach [Taylor] Fuhs does an amazing job with the Rothsay program. Coach Fuhs is a positive leader who deserves so much credit for what he does with his program, and he always gets the best out of his players.”
The Chargers had a balanced effort all the way through, led by Dezmond White, who finished with 14 points, while Micah Fuller had 10 and Lucas Fuller had 10 points and eight rebounds.
B-E hosts Parkers Prairie (6-9) at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday.
B-E - 32 37 - 69
Rothsay - 19 19 - 38
B-E TEAM STATS - FG - 25-45; 3-PT - 13-25; FT - 6/7; Rebounds - 56; Assists - 23; Deflections - 9; Steals - 7; Blocks - 1; Turnovers - 22; Fouls - 9
B-E PLAYER STATS - Micah Fuller - 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Riley Perleberg - 6 points, 4 rebounds, 1 deflection; Brady Perleberg - 3 points, 5 rebounds, 7 assists, 4 deflections; Tanner Riedel - 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist; Dezmond White - 14 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 3 steals; Kian Gackle - 2 rebounds, 1 deflection; Nathan Anderson - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block; Lucas Fuller - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection; Dustin Gillespie - 1 steal; Stephen Hamilton - 4 points; Aaron Gillespie - 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist
LPGE-Browerville tops Osakis in conference battle
A 41-point first half helped set the pace for LPGE-Browerville (14-3, 7-0 Prairie Conference) in its 72-65 win over Osakis on Tuesday.
Osakis shot 26-of-51 from the field but made just six-of-22 from beyond the three-point line.
"After a few hot shooting games, we struggled to hit from the outside as a team," Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. "Mekai [Hoelscher] shot well the second half, and we jumped out to a nice lead right away, but we had trouble defending them the first half. We got beat on penetration, gave up too many second chance points, lost guys in rotations, and put them on the foul line too much. We did a little better the second half, but Browerville did a great job executing their offense, getting stops when they needed to, and they took care of the basketball."
Kyle Mages led the Osakis (13-5, 5-2 Prairie) offense with 20 points, while Mekai Hoelscher finished with 18 and Stewart Jones finished with 15.
"Credit our guys for not giving up as we made it a game down the stretch," Coach Hoelscher said. "I'm proud of our effort in the second half, but some lapses defensively and decision-making eventually caught up with us. It wasn't our night, but we have confidence we can rebound from this and continue to trend in the right direction as we head into the final weeks of the season."
Osakis plays on the road at Swanville (9-8, 4-3 Swanville) at 7:15 p.m. on Friday.
LPGE-Browerville - 41 31 - 72
Osakis - 32 33 - 65
OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 26-51; 3-PT; 6-22; FT - 7-10; Assists - 12; Blocks - 2; Steals - 10; Deflections - 2; Fouls - 18; Turnovers - 12
OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 15 points, 5 assists, 6 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 deflection; Grant Mages - 4 points, 4 rebounds; Seth Staloch - 2 blocks, 3 rebounds; Isaac Maddock - 5 points, 2 steals, 1 deflection; Kyle Mages - 20 points, 2 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Drew Imdieke - 3 points, 4 assists; Mekai Hoelscher - 18 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal
BOLD outlasts WCA girls
The BOLD girls improved to 16-4 (8-2 West Central Conference) with a 68-66 win over West Central Area (8-11, 3-6 WCC) on Tuesday.
Claire Stark finished with a double-double, 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Knights, while Mya Foslien had a team-high 16 points and Macy Grosz had 15 points.
The Knights host Montevideo (16-3, 8-0 WCC) at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday.
WCA PLAYER STATS - Claire Stark - 13 points, 11 rebounds, 3 assists; Macy Grosz - 15 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Mya Foslien - 16 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 2 deflections, 1 block; Jayden Styba - 2 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal; Addison Staples - 12 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals; Sydney Ulrich - 6 points, 1 rebound; Maya Krusemark - 2 points, 1 deflection
Other area scores from Tuesday, Feb. 7 -
BOYS BASKETBALL -
Hancock (8-8) 66, Parkers Prairie (6-9) 52
Border West (15-2) 75, Ashby (5-11) 47
Benson (5-13) 79, Minnewaska (1-19) 54
GIRLS BASKETBALL -
Kimball Area (14-6) 49, Osakis (9-10) 40
Minnewaska (8-12) 59, MACCRAY (13-9) 38
Underwood (17-3) 62, Brandon-Evansville (7-12) 21
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (14-6) 73, Parkers Prairie (8-12) 57