Girls basketball: Silverstreaks reflect on a season of improvement
The Osakis girls basketball team got off to a rocky start this year with only one returning athlete with varsity experience.
"It motivated and excited myself as a coach to help this group of girls reach their maximum potential as a team," Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said is his season recap.
The Silverstreaks were 1-7 for the first eight games. The last 18 games, they were 12-6 to end the season 13-13 overall.
"To start out the season the way we did and get back to .500 as a team was in itself a great accomplishment," Kalpin said. "Many teams don't bounce back after that start. Not these girls. They worked hard all year and did what was asked of them."
Senior Lauren Savageau was the only returning player with varsity experience. Savageau broke two school records this year. She broke the single season scoring record of 491 by putting up 547 points. She also broke the previous record of 104 free throws in a season by making 133.
Savageau was named the Prairie Conference's Most Valuable Player and was Osakis' team MVP. She was named to the Section 6, Class AA West all-tournament team and earned academic all-state.
Savageau was the top field goal (43.5 percent), three-point (34.3 percent) and free throw (84.2 percent) shooter on the team. She had the highest number of assists (71) and steals (65) and averaged 21 points per game.
Sophomore Madisen Johanson had the most rebounds all season, grabbing 214 of them. Johanson averaged 9.9 points per game and had a team-leading 28 blocks.
Junior Tianna Stanek was named Most Improved and the best Defensive Player. Stanek had 82 rebounds, 52 assists and 45 steals this season. Johanson and Stanek were both named all-conference.
Senior Bree Timmerman was honored with the Silverstreak Award, all-conference honorable mention and academic all-state. Timmerman grabbed 72 rebounds and 49 assists during the season.
"My number one goal is always getting teams to recognize what their strengths are and play to those strengths," Kalpin said. "It takes hard work, understanding roles, understanding the game, playing within themselves and sacrifice. I understand it's not always easy but the lessons learned from those qualities last forever."
The Silverstreaks were awarded a gold team academic award with a cumulative 3.793 GPA.
The Silverstreaks saw their season come to an end in a 45-41 loss to Albany.
"We didn't go down without a fight. That's what made me the most proud is how this team fought," Kalpin said. "I feel we got everything we could have from this group of girls and I'm very lucky and fortunate to have been able to coach these girls."