The Osceola Chieftain girls basketball team ended the 2019 portion of their schedule with a convincing road win over the Glenwood City Hilltoppers and then lost to a powerful Northwestern Tigers team to begin 2020 play. Both games were non-conference events.
Osceola currently carries a 4-5 overall record and is 1-3 in the Middle Border conference race. New Richmond leads the MBC with a 6-0 mark followed by Prescott at 4-0.
Osceola dominated play at Glenwood City streaking to a 23-9 advantage by halftime. The Chieftains added another four points to their victory margin after the break to come home with a nice 44-26 decision.
“The Glenwood City game was a game where we tried to create a more up-tempo game,” Osceola coach Mike Haase said. “I felt we had better team speed than them and needed to run the court. They did a nice job of switching defenses against us. They started with a triangle-and -2, and then mixed in some other defenses. Although that affected our tempo we did a nice job of executing our half-court offense. Jordyn (Wright) gave us some good minutes off the bench and scored six points. Kaili Bradway was able to add nine points with one a deep two and a few drives to the basket.”
Osceola had a balanced offense with seven different girls netting at least one field goal. Freshman Hattie Fox led the scoring for the Chieftains netting 13 points. Kaili Bradway was next in line for the OHS offense with nine points. Jordyn Wright and Mallory Johnson each netted a half dozen points. Glenwood City’s Maddie Oehlke led all scorers with 14 points.
Osceola began 2020 with a very tough matchup when the Northwestern Tigers came to town. Northwestern is off to a 6-1 start this season with their only loss coming to Bloomer by three points in overtime. The Tigers varsity roster features six seniors and six juniors.
Northwestern sprinted to a 20-5 lead after just over five minutes had elapsed and stretched their lead to 32-13 with six minutes left in the first half. To Osceola’s credit they stayed determined and closed the gap. After trailing 36-19 the Chieftains netted the game’s next six points on a trey by Ellie Gillespie and a pair of free throws by Bradway and one by Hattie Fox. Suddenly Osceola was within 11 points of the lead. The Chieftains got as close as 10 at 40-30 and trailed 46-34 when the Tigers put the game away with a huge 22 point run.
Osceola’s Emily Fox led all scorers with 16 points. Hattie Fox was next in line for the Chieftains with nine points. Northwestern had just one player, Brooke Ogren, in double figures finishing the game with 11 points. The Tigers had eight players score at least seven points each.
“The Northwestern game featured a very solid deep Tigers team which was the #4 seed last season,” Haase said. “Although they jumped out to an early lead with some excellent shooting our girls fought back and had some runs where momentum shifted in our favor. We cut closed to within 10 or 11 points at least twice but couldn’t break that barrier. We never stopped playing hard and learned a few things about ourselves over the course of the night.”