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Basketball roundup: Alexandria girls earn another large win; B-E girls score season-high

The Alexandria girls earned another big win on Saturday, while the B-E girls earned its third win of the season, the Osakis boys earned its 10th win of the year and a strong second half gave BOLD a win over WCA.

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Alexandria's Hadley Thul (11, black) and Ellie Lunde (42, white) scramble for a loose ball during the first half of Alexandria's 62-42 win on Jan. 17, 2023. Thul had 15 points in Alexandria's win over the St. Cloud Crush on Jan. 21, 2023.
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The Alexandria girls basketball team earned another large win over the St. Cloud Crush on Saturday as it won 73-34 on the road.

Alexandria (12-3, 8-0 Central Lakes Conference) also beat the St. Cloud Crush (6-8, 2-5 CLC) 75-37 at home on Dec. 9, 2022.

In Saturday’s win, Allie Haabala had a team-high 17 points from Allie Haabala, who also had five assists. Hadley Thul had 15 points, along with six rebounds and three blocks.

MaCee Linow had 10 points along with a team-high six assists. Chloe Scholl had nine points, while Morgan Seesz had eight, McKinley Hoelscher had six, Kate Hennessy had four, Ella Steussy had three, and Camree Miller had one point.

Lauren Beyer, Haabala, Hoelscher, and Linow each had three steals, while Kate Hennessey deflected three passes.

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The Cardinals host Sauk Rapids-Rice (8-7, 3-4 CLC) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

B-E girls top Parkers Prairie

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B-E Sydney drives to the hoop in the first half of the team's 81-51 loss on Jan. 10, 2023. B-E's lost dropped it to 1-8 on the season. Schaefer had two points in B-E's 64-45 win over Parkers Prairie on Jan. 20, 2023.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

In their second meeting of the 2022-23 regular season, the Brandon-Evansville girls basketball team earned a 64-45 win over Parkers Prairie on Friday. 64 is B-E’s highest-scoring output so far this season.

“Our girls played a complete game,” B-E head coach Steve Schreiber said. “We had a really strong defense and a confident offense. The seniors brought the extra energy we needed on their senior night.”

Parkers Prairie won the first meeting between these two, 52-38 on Dec. 6, 2022.

B-E (3-9, 3-7 Section 6A) was led in scoring by Haddy Baune with 19 points and Kylee Dingwall with 15. Grace Otto added seven points, while EmmaLee Brethorst had six and Maddy Anderson had five. Kayla Bitzan-Anderson and Skylar Bitzan both had four points, while Sydney Schaefer and Ava Santjer both had two points.

Parkers Prairie (7-8, 4-7 Section 6A) was led in scoring by Abbigail Ruckheim with 13, Ellie Koep with 10 and Avery Benzinger had nine. Kad Wehking had eight points while Cora Johnson had four and Johanna McKeown had one point.

Parkers Prairie hosts Wheaton-Herman-Norcross (7-7, 6-4 Section 6A) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. while B-E plays on the road at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (10-6, 7-5 Section 6A) on Monday at 7:15 p.m. and then host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle (1-13, 0-7 Section 6A) at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Parkers Prairie - 22 23 - 45 

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Brandon-Evansville - 36 28 - 64

Osakis boys earn 10th win of the season

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Paynesville Area's Max Athmann (right) tries to dribble around Osakis' Drew Imdieke (left) during the second half of Osakis' 62-50 win on Dec. 8, 2022. Imdieke had 11 points and six assists in Osakis' 74-44 win over LPGE on Jan. 20, 2023.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis boys basketball team earned its 10th win of the season in dominant fashion on Friday as it defeated Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 74-44.

LPGE (7-5, 3-2 Prairie Conference) kept it close in the first half as it only trailed by eight at halftime, but Osakis (10-2, 4-1 Prairie) blew things open in the second half with a 45-point half.

“It was a frustrating first half as we weren't able to make some shots even though we had good looks around the basket and the three-point line,” Osakis head coach Matt Hoelscher said. “Our start to the second half was great as we got steals, moved with a purpose on defenses, did a better job of rebounding and started making outside shots. We can be a Jekyll and Hyde team at times and when we are all on the same page, we look very good, but we have to find ways to still get through rough shooting nights and not have any let-ups on defense."

The Osakis offense was balanced, as four players scored in double figures. Kyle Mages led the team in scoring with 14, while Grant Mages and Stewart Jones had 12. Drew Imdieke had 11 points on the night.

Osakis hosts Eden Valley-Watkins (7-4) on Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

LPGE - 21 23 - 44

OSAKIS - 29 45 - 74 

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OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 34-63; 3-PT - 5-20; FT - 1-6; Assists - 22; Blocks - 1; Rebounds - 31; Steals - 13; Deflections - 6; Fouls - 11; Turnovers - 11

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Blake Bouldin - 2 points, 2 deflections; Stewart Jones - 12 points, 3 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, 1 deflection; Grant Mages - 12 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds, 4 steals, 1 deflection; Ben Berger - 2 points, 3 assists, 2 rebounds; Seth Staloch - 4 points, 1 assist, 4 rebounds; Kyle Mages - 14 points, 5 assists, 1 block, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 block; Austin Dickinson - 1 rebound, 1 steal; Drew Imdieke - 11 points, 6 assists, 1 rebound, 3 steals, 1 deflection; Jacob Johanson - 6 points, 3 rebounds; Tyler Baumgartner - 3 points; Marcus Wolf - 3 rebounds; Mekai Hoelscher - 8 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 2 steals; McCarter Kirksey - 1 assist; Maverick Roering - 1 rebound

BOLD upends WCA boys

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WCA's Bryce Kjesbo (white) goes up to block a shot by B-E's Dezmond White (blue) during the first half of WCA's 77-44 win on Jan. 16, 2023. WCA began the game on a 24-0 run. Kjesbo had 16 points in WCA's 72-58 loss to BOLD on Jan. 20, 2023.
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An efficient shooting night helped BOLD defeat the West Central Area boys basketball 72-58 on Friday. BOLD (7-5, 2-0 West Central Conference) trailed by three at halftime but outscored WCA 39-22 in the second half.

“We didn’t do all the things that have made us successful,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Defensively, we can’t give up 72 points. It was a combination of us being slow on rotations along with BOLD playing well. They shot the ball well, and when they’re doing that, we can’t give them easy ones on top of that. Offensively, we didn’t play strong enough in the paint. We had a chance to get a three-possession lead in the second half and didn’t finish allowing them to take the lead.”

The Warriors shot 64 percent from the field (30/57) and were led in scoring by Andrew Meyer with 26 points.

“These are tough lessons but important lessons to learn from going forward,” Hunter said. “It’s even more important now for us to stay together and come back and be resilient.”

WCA (10-3, 6-2 WCC) shot 42 percent from the field (22/53) and were led in scoring by Cole Anderson and Bryce Kjesbo with 16 points. Jacob Strunk had 12 points while Nas Dotts had six, Mitch Dewey and Sam Hanson both had three points and Ben Bye had two points.

Dotts led the team in rebounds with seven, steals with five and assists with four.

“I thought he played his heart out,” Hunter said.

Kjesbo and Strunk also had seven rebounds. Kjesbo had four assists, while Anderson and Strunk both had three steals.

WCA hosts Bordest West (10-2) on Tuesday 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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