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Osakis tops Pillager 58-53

The Osakis girls basketball team shook off a slow start to beat Pillager 58-53 Monday.

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Osakis' Alexis Johanson drives to the hoop in a game against Minnewaska Area on Jan. 21, 2022. Johanson helped guide the Silverstreaks to a 58-53 win over Pillager on Jan. 31, 2022.
Sam Stuve / Alexandria Echo Press

The Osakis Silverstreaks earned a hard-fought victory over the Pillager Huskies, 58-53. The Silverstreaks (13-5) gave the Huskies (13-5) just their second loss in 13 games.

Osakis found itself behind the eight ball early, down 11-3 in the early going. Osakis finished strong in the first half and held a 25-18 lead.

“They are a good basketball team with great athletes,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said about Pillager. “We didn't start the game very well. The rest of the half we played well and we got into an offensive flow. We were able to take the lead 25-18 going into half finishing with a Mara VanNyhuis 3 pointer at the end of the half.”

The Silverstreaks lead ballooned to 13 at one point but the Huskies kept chipping away and forced the Silverstreaks to make some big free throws down the stretch.

“Pillager did some different things on the defensive end that we haven't yet seen this year, so we adjusted pretty well in the half court,” Kalpin said. “The last three minutes of the game, Pillager really picked up their defense in the full court which hurried us. It forced us to take quick shots and turn the ball over.”

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Osakis made just three shots outside of the paint, all of which were three-pointers. Osakis held a 34-26 points in the paint advantage.

Kiley Kranz shot six for 10 from the floor and finished with 16 points.

“Kiley Kranz had a great game for us,” Kalpin said. ”It was good to see us get the ball inside.”

Kranz and Alexis Johanson finished with a team-high in points. Johanson finished with a team-high six rebounds.

Osakis hosts the Benson Braves (2-10) on Friday at 7:30 p.m.

OSAKIS - 25 33 - 58

PILLAGER - 18 35 - 53

OSAKIS TOTALS: FG- 20-46; 3PT- 3-10; 15-21

OSAKIS SCORING: Kiley Kranz, 16 points, 5 rebounds, Alexis Johanson, 16 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, Mara VanNyhius, 10 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection; Tessa Stanek, 6 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 2 deflections; Hayleigh Niehoff, 5 points, 2 deflections, 1 steal; Carlee Muezenhuber, 5 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 4 deflections, 1 steal; Lexi Spychalla, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Madi Collins, 1 rebound, 1 deflection

PILLAGER SCORING: Olivia Peterson 24 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 deflections, 1 steal, 1 block; Emma Schmit, 9 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal; Jenna Woidyla, 8 points, 9 rebounds, 3 steals, 2 deflections; Juliana Ewald, 6 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 9 deflections, 4 steals; Grace Grimsley, 3 points, 3 rebounds, 2 deflections; Bailey Schommer, 3 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 4 deflections; Jada Loucks, 6 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 deflection, 1 steal

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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