The Osceola girls basketball team earned its second win of the season thanks to an offensive explosion against Amery Nov. 23.
The Chieftains (1-0 Middle Border Conference, 2-1 overall) defeated the Warriors 79-68, scoring the most points in a game since an 82-53 victory over New Richmond Dec. 4, 2015.
The key to the offensive explosion: 8-for-14 from three-point range, which translated to 57.1%.
“We also played well through some adversity,” said Osceola coach Mike Haase. “Amery made runs at us, and we kept battling back until we found a way to grow our lead at the end of the game.”
Hattie Fox posted a game-high 41 points, including 5-for-5 from three-point range. Mallory Johnson chipped in with a double-double of 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alexis See finished with eight and Olivia Wright tossed in seven points and seven rebounds.
“This was the first game of the season where we had to deal with foul trouble,” Haase explained. “We also improved our rebounding and did a better job of taking care of the basketball compared to our first two games, but there is still plenty of room for improvement in the future.”
The Warriors had four players in double figures led by Alex Edwards’ 25. Grace Carlson tossed in 13, Mia Brotzel added 12 and Lucci Aizpurua finished with 11.
“The overall score of the game for both teams is impressive,” Haase concluded. “Both teams came ready to play. Games that go back and forth like that are fun for the fans, but also a great learning experience for our players.”
Osceola 51, Turtle Lake 33
A 47-30 rebounding advantage helped the Chieftains earn its first win over the Lakers Nov. 18.
“Our players did an awesome job making hustle plays against a talented young Turtle Lake team,” explained Osceola coach Mike Haase. “Our rebounding was our biggest improvement from game 1 to 2. We also were able to turn a lot of hustle plays into transition points. The girls were really unselfish and always looking ahead to an open teammate.”
Hattie Fox led the Chieftains in scoring with 27 points. She also added 11 rebounds, two assists and three steals. Alexis See added 10 points and six rebounds. Mallory Johnson pulled down 11 rebounds.
“Alexis See was able to connect on back-to-back three pointers in the second half, which was a huge momentum builder for our team,” Haase stated.
Osceola shot 15-for-29 (52%) from 2-point range compared to Turtle Lake’s 9-for-41 (22%).
Taylor Andersen led Turtle Lake with 15 points. Mackenzie Tarman added 11 and nine rebounds.
“Even with a lot of hustle plays and rebounds our own unforced turnovers are concerning,” Haase concluded. “We have to clean up our decision making and passing.”
St. Croix Falls 58, Osceola 41
St. Croix Falls won the season opener between the two teams Nov. 16 thanks to its play on the glass.
“Both teams shot similar percentages, but SCF outrebounded us and were able to take twice as many shot attempts than us,” said Osceola coach Mike Haase.
The Saints had 19 offensive rebounds to Osceola’s four which led to 52 shot attempts from two-points range compared to Osceola’s 24.
“We might have had some first game nervousness against a team that was very good last season,” Haase explained. “We trailed 11-2 before we really started to settle in and make a run of our own. We saw some good actions that we’ve spent time practicing, but we have a lot of details to improve on in our upcoming games.
“Our own turnovers were pretty costly, because a lot of them were unforced and we can’t afford many mistakes like that.”
Hattie Fox led the Chieftains with 17 points. She pulled down six rebounds, three assists and three steals. Alexis See added 10. Merry Johnson finished with six points and four rebounds. Olivia Wright chipped in with seven rebounds.
“We gave up a pair of baskets in the last minute of the first half, then another in the first possession of the second half, and this really forced us to play catch-up,” Haase stated. “In the second half, our defensive pressure got us back into the game before St. Croix Falls pulled away in the final stretch.”
Kelsey Cooper led the Saints with 20 points and eight rebounds. Kaylee Miron tossed in 14 points, four rebounds and six assists. Brianna McCurdy added 10 points, five rebounds, five steals and four assists.