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Girls basketball roundup: Osakis climbing the 6AA standings after ninth straight win

Brandon-Evansville beats Ashby, and Lexi Bright nearly has a 32-point triple-double for West Central Area.

Lexi Klimek
Lexi Klimek

OSAKIS — The Osakis girls basketball team (19-5, 8-0 Prairie Conference) ran its winning streak to nine games on Thursday night by rolling over Swanville (12-9) in conference play.

The Silverstreaks led 40-15 at the half and took the game by a 69-31 final. It wrapped up a perfect run through Osakis' Prairie-Conference-championship season.

"Swanville came into the game winning 8 of their last 9 games,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “With this being our last conference game, we wanted to make sure we ended with an undefeated record in the conference. The girls played really hard and everyone contributed with 11 of the 12 girls scoring.”

Osakis shot 44% overall. Alexis Johanson had 18 points and also tied fellow senior guard Tessa Stanek with a team-high 5 steals. The Silverstreaks had 21 steals overall.

“It's fun to watch the girls play well together with all of them doing their part,” Kalpin said. “I thought we defended well again, and offensively, we took care of the ball and took good shots. It was nice to see so many girls make shots. We were able to open the game up midway through the first half with two consecutive threes by Lexi Spychalla. Then Lexi Klimek hit one, followed by Hayleigh Niehoff on four consecutive possessions.”

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Osakis has two more regular-season games at home to try to reach the 20-win mark. Both come against Section 6AA programs as Holdingford (15-7) comes to town on Feb. 22 before Sauk Centre (18-6) on Feb. 24.

The Silverstreaks’ winning streak has moved them up the Section 6AA pecking order with the playoffs looming. Osakis is currently sixth in the 15-team field through the QRF on Minnesota-scores.net.

OSAKIS     40 29 - 69

SWANVILLE     15 16 - 31

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 23-52; Three-point FG - 10-29; FT - 13-20; Assists - 1; Rebounds - 26; Steals - 21; Turnovers - 9

OSAKIS - Tessa Stanek - 4 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds, 5 steals; Greta Faber - 1 rebound; Lexi Spychalla - 7 points, 4 rebounds; Mara VanNyhuis - 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal; Alexis Johanson - 18 points, 2 rebounds, 5 steals; Lexi Klimek - 3 points, 1 rebound; Hayleigh Niehoff - 7 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Madeline Anderson - 2 points, 1 rebound; Carlee Muenzhuber - 4 points, 1 rebound, 4 steals; Taylor Dirkes - 6 points, 1 rebound; Madi Collins - 3 points, 1 rebound, 2 steals; Kiley Kranz - 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 steals

Chargers take down Ashby

ASHBY — Brandon-Evansville got a Little Eight Conference and Section 6A win on Thursday night by beating Ashby (1-18, 0-10 LEC) 65-49.

Olivia Otto had a team-high 18 points for the Chargers (10-12, 4-7 LEC), while Kylee Dingwall added 16.

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“We hung on to win against a resilient Ashby team,” B-E head coach Zach Traphagen said. “Foul trouble forced us to switch up a few things defensively, but the girls did a nice job of making the adjustments. If you are a fan of free throws, you really would've enjoyed this game. Next up is Park Christian (Friday) night in Evansville.”

BRANDON-EVANSVILLE 65, ASHBY 49

B-E SCORING - Grace Otto - 7; Sophie Koep - 3; Olivia Otto - 18; Sydney Schaefer - 6; Haddy Baune - 8; Kylee Dingwall - 16; Madison Anderson - 6; Kiley Lund - 1

Bright’s near triple-double leads WCA

BARRETT — West Central Area beat Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley (8-13) in a 90-24 final on Thursday as senior guard Lexi Bright nearly finished with a triple-double.

Bright had 32 points, 14 steals, 9 assists, 6 rebounds and 1 block. Claire Stark (13), Kaitlyn Hansen (12), Addison Staples (10) and Macy Grosz (10) made it five players in double figures scoring for the Knights (15-5).

WCA 90, CGB 24

WCA - Lexi Bright - 32 points, 14 steals, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, 1 block; Claire Stark - 13 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 assists; Kaitlyn Hansen - 12 points, 4 steals, 3 assists, 3 rebounds; Addison Staples - 10 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals; Macy Grosz - 10 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists; Elizabeth Rustan - 7 points, 3 assists, 2 steals, 4 deflections, 2 blocks; Mya Foslien - 2 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound; Jayden Styba - 2 points, 6 rebounds, 3 steals, 1 assist

Madi Krusemark - 2 points, 2 steals, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 block; Halle Foslien - 2 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 1 block; Halle Grosz - 1 deflection

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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