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Osakis beats Browerville-Eagle Valley and secures Prairie Conference Championship

Led by Alexis Johanson and Mara VanNyhuis, the Osakis Silverstreaks earned a 56-55 win over Browerville-Eagle Valley Thursday and secured the Prairie Conference title

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Osakis' Alexis Johanson follows through on a three-pointer in a game against Kimball Area on Feb. 8, 2022. Johanson finished with a game-high 19 points in a conference championship-sealing victory for Osakis on Feb. 10, 2022.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis girls basketball team found itself down 32-26 at halftime on the road at Browerville-Eagle Valley Thursday.

But by outscoring the Tigers 30-23 in the second half, the Silverstreaks escaped with a 56-55 victory.

"This was a big win for the team tonight,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “Browerville had been playing really well coming into the game with a 15-4 record, with only one loss in the conference. This was hard-fought between both teams the entire game. We didn't get off to the greatest start with Browerville building an early lead. We were able to take a short lead in the first half, but missed opportunities on the offensive end, and giving up second chance points gave Browerville a six-point lead at the half.”

After going back and forth with the lead, Osakis (16-5) had a five-point lead with under a minute left and held on to win by one.

This win gave Osakis the Prairie Conference championship. Osakis is now sitting at 7-0 with one conference game left and B-EV is sitting at 6-2 with no conference games left.

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“It was a fun night of basketball watching two teams compete for a conference championship,” Kalpin said. “Our girls definitely earned this win. We are very proud of the girls for this great team accomplishment."

Osakis and B-EV have won the last three Prairie Conference Championships as B-EV won last season’s and Osakis won two seasons ago.

The one-two combo of seniors Alexis Johanson and Mara VanNyhuis led the Silverstreaks to victory over the Tigers. Johnson scored 19 points, while VanNyhuis added 16. VanNyhuis led the Silverstreaks in rebounds with eight.

After making 15 three-pointers on Tuesday, Osakis only made six Thursday but did it efficiently, making 6 of 11 attempts.

The Silverstreaks hit the road Monday to face Little Falls (Class AAA, 4-16) at 7:15 p.m. The Silverstreaks are on a six-game winning streak.

Osakis - 26 30 - 56

Browerville-Eagle Valley - 32 23 - 55

OSAKIS TOTALS - FG - 18-44; 3PT - 6-11; FT - 14-21; Assists - 6; Rebounds - 32 ; Steals - 11; Turnovers - 19, Fouls - 13

BROWERVILLE-EAGLE VALLEY TOTALS - FG - 19-54; 3PT - 5-15; FT - 8-13; Assists - 10; Rebounds - 33; Steals - 11; Turnovers - 17; Fouls - 15

OSAKIS - Alexis Johanson - 19 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 2 steals; Mara VanNyhuis - 16 points, 8 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal; Tessa Stanek - 9 points, 2 rebounds, 2 deflections, 2 steals; Hayleigh Niehoff - 7 points, 3 rebounds, 4 steals; Carlee Muenzhuber - 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 deflections, 1 steal, 1 block; Madi Collins - 2 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Kiley Kranz - 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Lexi Spychalla - 1 rebound

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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