Girls Basketball: Alexandria downs Hill-Murray; Menagha grinds out win over Osakis

A nice all-around effort gave the Alexandria girls a win over Hill-Murray on Saturday, while Osakis' defense shined in a loss on Friday.

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Alexandria's MaCee Linow fights through a pair of Sartell-St. Stephen players during Alexandria's 57-52 win over Feb. 10, 2023. Linow had seven points in the win. Linow had 16 points in Alexandria's 63-45 win over Hill-Murray on Feb. 11, 2023.
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Less than 24 hours after being Sartell 57-52, the Alexandria girls basketball team had a solid 63-45 win over Hill-Murray (11-11) on Saturday to improve to 18-4 on the year.

“Our depth was key as Ella Steussy, Camree Miller, Kaia Emter, Lauren Beyer, and McKinley Hoelscher all brought solid play for the team,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said.

Alexandria has now won 14 of its last 15 games.

MaCee Linow and Hadley Thul each had 16 points on the night, while Allie Haabala had 11. Thul grabbed 11 rebounds and therefore finished with a double-double.

Kate Hennessy finished with eight points and nine rebounds.


Beyer and Chloe Scholl each had four points on the day, while Miller had three and Steussy had one. Haabala and Thul each had four assists while Thul had two. Steussy and Thul each had three steals, while Scholl had two. Thul and Haabala had two blocks, while Thul and Steussy had four, and Miller and Haabala had two.

The Cardinals host Rocori (6-16) on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m.

Menagha wins defensive battle against Osakis

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Osakis' Carlee Muenzhuber drives to the basket during Osakis' 57-41 win over LPGE on Jan. 9, 2023. Osakis improved to 3-4 on the season with the win. Muenzhuber had five points and five rebounds in Osakis' 38-28 loss to Menagha on Feb. 12, 2023.
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It was a defensive game between in the Osakis-Menagha game on Friday, and Menagha edged out a 38-28 win on Osakis’ floor.

“This was a tough game offensively for us,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Menahga played solid defense all night which made it tough for us to get good looks, When we did get good looks, we didn't knock the shots down. The girls played a very good game on the defensive end, only giving up 38 points and most of the time, that's good enough to win. Our offensive performance did not match our defensive performance. It wasn't a lack of effort, we simply did not execute like we are capable of, but give credit to Menahga, they made things difficult for us. Games like this help our team learn and grow to get better for the next game."

Menagha held Osakis to 14 points in each half.

Osakis held the Menagha offense to 14-of-39 shooting from the field (2-of-10 from three-point range).

Osakis (10-11) plays on the road at Minnewaska (9-12) at 7:30 p.m. on Monday.

Menagha - 20 18 - 38


Osakis - 14 14 - 28

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - FG -11-39; 3-PT - 3-18; FT - 3-6; Rebounds - 25; Assists - 7; Deflections - 6; Steals - 6; Blocks - 1; Turnovers - 15; Fouls - 11

OSAKIS TEAM STATS - Hailey Walker - 1 rebound, 1 assist; Madeline Anderson - 4 rebounds, 1 steal; Greta Faber - 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Taylor Dirkes - 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist; Bella Weisser - 5 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 steal; Carlee Muenzhuber - 5 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 4 deflections; Kiley Kranz - 4 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 deflections, 3 steals, 1 block

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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