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Basketball roundup: Alexandria girls cruise over Rocori

The Alexandria girls earned a large win over Rocori, while the Osakis boys pulled out a close win, the Osakis girls lost at Pierz and the West Central Area boys topped Melrose.

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Alexandria's Allie Haabala drives to the hoop during the second half of a game against the St. Cloud Crush on Dec. 9, 2022. Haabala scored 11 points in the team's 75-37 win. Haabala had four points in Alexandria's 77-31 win over Rocori on Dec. 20, 2022.
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The Alexandria girls basketball team left no doubt in its road win over the Rocori Spartans as it won 77-31 on the road.

12 different Cardinals contributed in the scoring column with Chloe Scholl leading the way with 12 and Hadley Thul reaching double figures with 11.

Alexandria’s 77 points are its highest point total so far this season and Alexandria had its best outing on defense so far this season as well.

Morgan Seesz, MaCee Linow and McKinley Hoelscher had eight points, while Kate Hennessy and Kaia Emter had six points. Lauren Beyer added five points, while Camree Miller and Allie Haabala had four points. Ella Steussy had three points and Kendra Wolf had two.

With the win, the Cardinals are now 4-2 so far this season (4-0 in Central Lakes Conference games, 3-1 Section 8AAA).

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The Cardinals will be back in action on Dec. 29 at St. Cloud State against Becker at 7 p.m. and on Dec. 30 against Mahtomedi at St. Ben’s at 1 p.m.

Osakis boys hold off Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta

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Osakis senior Stewart Jones drives by a Paynesville player during Osakis' 62-50 win on Dec. 8, 2022. Jones had 14 points in the win. Jones had 14 points in Osakis' 57-54 win over Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Dec. 20, 2022.
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The Osakis boys basketball team earned its third straight victory as it held off a second half comeback attempt by Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday.

Osakis led 36-21 at halftime and held on to win 57-54.

“This was a great showing by our guys, especially since we haven't played in over a week,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “I wasn't sure what type of consistency we would get since we haven't played but we did a great job the first half attacking the basket and playing great on defense. Grant Mages and Stewart Jones were aggressive offensively as they attacked the rim and got to the foul line. Morris did a great job in the second half of taking that away so we had to work much harder at getting open and making shots.”

Grant Mages led Osakis in scoring with 19 points on 9-for-12 shooting, while Stewart Jones had 14 points and Isaac Maddock had 10.

“Drew Imdieke hit some huge threes during that stretch, Isaac made a big three and two clutch free throws at the end, and Mekai [Hoelscher] was able to make some jumpers and a nice assist to help huge us the lead,” Coach Hoelscher said. “Seth [Staloch] gave us great minutes and was able to use his length to impact shots on the defensive end and got some big rebounds for us. We did get flustered a bit the second half and had some bad turnovers, but we're still trying to find our niche. I’m happy with the outcome and glad we came out with the victory going into the break.”

The Silverstreaks plays in the Granite City Classic in Sartell at 4:15 p.m. on Dec. 29 against Annandale and then plays on Dec. 30 against Blake at 12:30 p.m. at St. Cloud Apollo High School.

MACA - 21 33 - 54

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Osakis - 36 21 - 57

OSAKIS TEAM TOTALS - FG - 21-37; 3-PT - 5-14; FT - 10-12; Assists - 10; Blocks - 2; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 7; Deflections - 2; Fouls - 15; Turnovers - 14

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Stewart Jones - 14 points, 4 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Grant Mages - 19 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 6 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 deflection; Seth Staloch - 2 points, 2 blocks, 6 rebounds, 1 steal; Isaac Maddock - 10 points, 1 steal; Drew Imdieke - 8 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 3 steals; Marcus Wolf - 2 rebounds; Mekai Hoelscher - 4 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 deflection

Pierz holds Osakis girls to 32 points

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Osakis' Kiley Kranz defends Paynesville's Katie Uhlenkamp during the first half of the Silverstreaks' win over Paynesville on Nov. 30, 2021. Kranz had nine points in Osakis' 45-32 loss to Pierz on Dec. 20, 2022.
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The Osakis girls basketball team hadn’t played in 12 days due to inclement weather and in its first action back, it lost 45-32 on the road at Pierz.

“This was a hard-fought game,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “They were eager to get out and play another game. Pierz is a scrappy team that plays tough defense. They make you work for all your shots and nothing comes easy. We were able to get some early buckets by moving the ball well and taking good shots, we just couldn't find that consistency in scoring all night.”

Kiley Kranz and Maggie Dirkes had nine points each.

Kalpin is proud of how the team played defensively on Tuesday.

“Defensively, we did a good job working hard only giving up 45 points, we did what we needed to do on that end and played well enough to win,” he said. “In the end, it came down to a few too many turnovers and a low shooting percentage. We will learn to cut those turnovers down as the season goes on and I'm confident that the shooting will continue to improve. The girls have a great work ethic and mindset which will help them improve as the season goes on."

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Osakis hosts Eden Valley-Watkins on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis - 14 18 - 32

Pierz - 20 25 - 45

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 13-50; 3-PT- 4-20; FT- 2-8; Rebounds - 32; Assists - 11; Deflections - 14; Steals - 9; Blocks - 2; Turnovers - 24; Fouls - 13

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Madeline Anderson - 2 points, 3 rebounds; Greta Faber - 3 rebounds, 2 deflections, 2 steals; Taylor Dirkes - 7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 deflections; Bella Weisser - 4 rebounds, 3 assists, 5 deflections, 1 block; Carlee Muenzhuber - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 deflections, 5 steals, 1 block; Madi Collins - 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Kiley Kranz - 9 points, 5 rebounds; Maggie Dirkes - 9 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal

WCA boys increase win streak to four

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West Central Area guard Cole Anderson gets free in the open court against Underwood on Jan. 22, 2022. Anderson had a double-double of 17 points and 10 rebounds in the Knights' win over the Rockets. Anderson had 15 points in WCA's 68-35 win over Melrose on Dec. 20, 2022.
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The West Central Area boys basketball team increased its winning streak to four after defeating a very good Melrose program (2-1), 68-35 on Tuesday in Barrett.

"We played a complete game,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Our unselfish sharing of the basketball and sharp cutting led to many good looks for us. When we were doubled we kicked out and drained threes. We made free throws, we rebounded well, we took care of the ball, only turning it over 10 times against a very good defense. And most importantly, our defensive energy was the best it's been all year. There was great pressure from our guys. Putting all of this together is a great formula for successful basketball. I’m very proud of our guys' effort and teamwork."

WCA (4-1) made 24-of-42 shots on the night, including 7-of-17 from beyond the three-point line. WCA made 13 out of 18 free throws.

Cole Anderson led WCA in scoring with 15, while Mitch Dewey and Bryce Kjesbo had 12. Sam Hanson had 10 points and Jacob Strunk had nine. Nasir Dotts added four, while Owen Sanstead had three, Brett Amundson had two and Damon Sanstead had one.

Melrose was held to just 27 percent shooting (12 of 42 from the field). WCA outrebound Melrose 30-24 and forced 20 turnovers on the night.

“We kept telling them in practice all week, ‘The possession isn't over until you secure the basketball,’” Hunter said. “Melrose is big and physical, and we had to box out and secure the ball. We did that very well.”

WCA plays Battle Lake at Pelican Rapids on Dec. 28 at 2:30 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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