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Girls basketball: Season ends for Osakis at Rush City

Elli Clasemann1 / 3
Tianna Stanek2 / 3
Lauren Scherr3 / 3

The Osakis girls basketball team had a nearly 2.5-hour drive and a tough challenge awaiting it when the Silverstreaks opened up the Section 6AA Tournament on Feb. 28.

The Rush City Tigers were the second seed in the 16-team field after going 21-1 through the regular season. They held 15th-seeded Osakis to 10 first-half points and used that defense to secure a 56-28 win that ended the Silverstreaks’ season.

“We ran into a pretty good basketball team,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said. “The girls worked really hard all night, but had trouble scoring versus their defense. We did a nice job of taking care of the basketball and working for good shots, but they contested everything and we struggled separating from them all night. I thought the girls fought hard and did the things we worked on in practice, but in the end, Rush City was a little too much for us.”

Rush City found itself on the wrong end of an upset in the next round as seventh-seeded Royalton beat the Tigers 56-50 in overtime on March 2.

Against Osakis, Rush City shot 44 percent (22-49), including 5-of-16 from three. The Tigers held the Silverstreaks to just 18 percent shooting (7-38), including 2-of-15 from three. It ended the season for Osakis with a 5-20 record.

“It’s always tough to see a season end,” Kalpin said. “We told the girls to not focus on the losses, but focus on the improvement we had this season. Although it doesn't show in the win column, this team improved a ton this season and we are very proud of them as a coaching staff.”

It was the final game for three seniors on the team in Lauren Scherr, Elli Clasemann and Tianna Stanek. Stanek and Clasemann both had five points against Rush City, while Scherr grabbed a rebound.

“These girls showed great commitment to this program over the years,” Kalpin said of his seniors. “We were very fortunate to have these three be a part of the girls basketball program over the years, and they will be missed. As a coach, the toughest part of ending a season is saying goodbye to your seniors. I'm extremely proud of these seniors.”

RUSH CITY     29 27 - 56

OSAKIS     10 18 - 28

TOTALS - Osakis - FG - 7-38; Three-point FG - 2-15; FT - 12-19; Rebounds - 18; Steals - 6; Turnovers - 12; Rush City - FG - 22-49; Three-point FG - 5-16; FT - 7-12; Turnovers - 11

OSAKIS - Alexa Lien - 1 point, 1 rebound; Elli Clasemann - 5 points, 1 steal; Alexis Johanson - 6 points, 5 rebounds, 1 steal; Lauren Scherr - 1 rebound; Tianna Stanek - 5 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Grace Oeltjen - 3 points, 1 rebound; Madisen Johanson - 3 points, 3 rebounds; Abigail Randall - 4 points, 4 rebounds; Kadyn Triebenbach - 1 point, 1 steal

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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