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Basketball roundup: Osakis girls shut down Upsala; late push helps Hillcrest boys beat B-E

Kiley Kranz's 24 points helps Osakis beat Upsala, while Micah Fuller scored 22 points for B-E in a loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy.

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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 24 points in Osakis' win over Upsala on Dec. 8, 2022.
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The Osakis girls basketball team completely flustered Upsala’s offense on Thursday, Dec. 8, to earn a 60-37 win on the road.

Upsala (1-3) shot just 14-for-41 from the field and committed 23 turnovers.

Osakis (2-1) got off to an 11-0 start in the game and never looked back.

“This was a nice win and a great way to start out the conference schedule for the year,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “ Defensively we were a bit behind on our rotations and gave up a few easy looks, especially in the full court, but they continued to work hard to try and pressure them. Defensively, we played with great intensity, we just need to learn to react quicker on our backside rotations.”

On offense, the combo of Kiley Kranz and Taylor Dirkes combined for 40 points. Kranz scored a game-high 24 points on 10-of-16 shooting, while Dirkes had 16 points.

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“Kiley Kranz had a huge first half scoring 18 of her game-high 24 points in the half,” Kalpin said. “The girls did a nice job of finding her and she was able to finish strong in the paint. We did some really good things on the offensive end and adjusted well to the different defensive looks we saw.”

Osakis is 2-0 on the road this season and looks to improve to 3-0 in road games on Tuesday as it faces Holdingford (2-2) at 7:15 p.m.

Osakis - 32 28 - 60

Upsala - 22 15 - 37

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG - 24/54; 3-PT - 5/15; FT - 7/14; Rebounds - 33; Assists - 18; Deflections - 13; Steals - 13; Turnovers - 16; Fouls - 18

UPSALA TEAM STATS - FG - 14/41; 3-PT- 2/14; FT - 7/17; Rebounds - 29; Assists - 9; Deflections - 13; Steals - 6; Blocks - 2; Turnovers - 23; Fouls - 12

OSAKIS PLAYER STATS - Hailey Walker - 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 deflection; Madeline Anderson - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals; Greta Faber - 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Taylor Dirkes - 16 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 steals, 3 deflections; Kaelyn Walker - 3 points, 1 rebound, Bella Weisser - 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 2 steals; Carlee Muenzhuber - 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Madi Collins - 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 deflections; Kiley Kranz - 24 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Dariana Meyer - 1 rebound; Maggie Dirkes - 1 rebound

UPSALA PLAYER STATS - McKenna Graves - 1 point, 1 rebound, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Isabella Leners - 3 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists; Dakota Soltis - 1 rebound; Madalin Koetter - 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists; Samantha Pilarski - 8 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection, 3 assists; Hannah Luedtke - 2 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal; Molly Leners - 2 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 deflections, 1 steal, 2 blocks; Paige Gerads - 1 deflection; Isabelle Ripplinger - 7 points, 4 rebounds, 2 deflections; Brenna Graves - 7 points, 1 rebound, 4 deflections; Natalie Wennsman - 1 rebound

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Hillcrest Lutheran Academy tops B-E

The Brandon-Evansville boys basketball team dropped to 0-2 with a 72-60 loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on the road on Thursday but saw an improvement in its second game of the season.

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Brandon-Evansville's Brady Perleberg tries to find an opening in the Hillcrest Lutheran Academy defense and pass the ball to teammate Tyler Bitzan. Hillcrest defeated Brandon-Evansville 59-52 in overtime on Jan. 27, 2022. Perleberg had four points in B-E's loss to Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Dec. 8, 2022.
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“I thought we played exponentially better last night in Hillcrest compared to Tuesday night in Upsala,” B-E head coach Trent Hintermiester said. “Our mental effort was much better and we scrapped for everything we got. We played 11 players who all provided something important for us. It's fun to see our depth be such an asset.”

The Chargers had a couple of leads in the second half and it was a three-point game with three minutes to go, but the Comets finished the game strong to win by 12.

“We had multiple leads throughout the second half, but Hillcrest made a few more plays than us,” Hintermiester said. “Coach Ryan Garvin does such a nice job with his team and they deserved to win. We look forward to continuing our improvement as the season progresses.”

The Chargers host their first home game of the season against Parkers Prairie (2-0) on Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 7:15 p.m. in Evansville.

B-E SCORING - Micah Fuller - 22 points; Dezmond White - 17 points; Riley Perleberg - 5 points; Kian Gackle - 5 points; Nate Anderson - 5 points; Brady Perleberg - 4 points; Tanner Riedel - 2 points

Other area scores from Dec. 8, 2022:
GIRLS BASKETBALL -
Hillcrest Lutheran Academy (1-1) 67, Brandon Evansville (0-4) 43
Sauk Centre (4-0) 67, Minnewaska Area (0-4) 47

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