The Osceola Chieftain girls’ basketball team notched their first win in the Middle Border conference last week when they defeated the St. Croix Central Panthers in a game in Osceola. The Chieftains finished their week when they traveled to New Richmond to take on the Tigers. Osceola was unable to make it two wins in a row as the Tigers notched their seventh conference win of the season.
Prescott leads the MBC with an 8-0 record (11-2 overall) followed by the New Richmond, one game behind. Baldwin-Woodville currently resides in third place with a 4-3 mark.
Osceola was on fire in the first half of the game against St. Croix Central. The Chieftains were hitting on all cylinders more than doubling Central’s output and took a 41-20 lead into the break.
“Mallory Johnson and Hattie Fox put on quite a display in the first half of the SCC game,” Osceola Coach Mike Haase said. “Our defensive pressure produced a lot of points in transition in the first half. Our girls did an awesome job of sharing the wealth. Johnson connected with Fox on a couple deep passes after defensive rebounds and Fox returned the favor with a steal in the press. Our entire team did a great job with our press, creating turnovers and finding teammates in transition.”
Johnson ended the game with another solid double-double getting 14 points and 14 rebounds. Fox narrowly missed her own double-double as she netted 28 points on seven deuces, three treys and hit 5-of-6 free throws and pulled down eight rebounds as well. Lauren Kremer netted eight points hitting on 3-of-4 field goal attempts and went 2-for-2 from the charity stripe. Alexis See added seven points including a connection from behind the arc.
Osceola outscored the Panthers by 10 points after the break, 26-16, to come away with a 67-36 decision.
“SCC came out after halftime and gave us their best defensive effort but we were able to still control the ball despite their best efforts,” Haase said.
After a hot night of shooting on their home floor the Chieftains offense went cold in New Richmond. Osceola netted just 11 points by halftime against the Tigers. They were able to generate a little more offense after the break but still fell 60-35.
“The New Richmond game saw us go through some long stretches where it was hard to find a basket,” Haase explained. “Trailing 11-16, nine minutes into the first half, NR finished the half with an 8-0 run, leaving us scoreless for the last nine minutes of the first half. Our shooting percentage was barely over 20. In the second half New Richmond stretched the lead to 25. We were able to get back to being down 15 before they pulled away to wrap up the game.”
Johnson led the Chieftains in scoring with 13 points including a pair of long-range bombs. New Richmond’s Brooke Blaszczyk led all scorers with 20 points with teammates Barb Kling and Leah DeYoung adding a dozen points each.