Basketball roundup: Free throws guide DeLaSalle over Alexandria girls; WCA boys score 97 against Battle Lake

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At the Breakdown’s Tip-Off Classic on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2023, at Hopkins High School, the Alexandria girls basketball team found itself in a close battle with the DeLaSalle Islanders.

The Islanders took a 67-65 lead late and made their free throws late as they won 74-64 over Alexandria.

The Islanders took advantage of their free throw opportunities throughout the game as they made 23 out of their 25 free throw attempts.

“We look forward to a rematch potentially in March as we continue to take the season one game at a time,” Alexandria head coach Wendy Kohler said. “We are very proud of our intensity and effort. This competition and difficult schedule will help prepare us.”

Alexandria made four out of its five attempts at the free-throw line.

DeLaSalle (2-2) and Alexandria (2-1) were both state tournament entrants last season, and both are ranked in the top four in the Class 3A Minnesota Basketball News Poll, as Alexandria is No. 1 and DeLaSalle is No. 4.

Hadley Thul paced Alexandria offensively with 22 points, while Chloe Scholl added 20, and MaCee Linow had 14. Allie Haabala finished with six points, and Kate Hennessy added two.

Scholl led the Cardinals in rebounds with seven, while Hennessy had five. Scholl led the Cardinals in assists as well with seven, while Linow and Haabala had three. Scholl also led the Cardinals in steals with four, while Thul and Camree Miller had four deflections.

Alexandria faces Sauk Rapids-Rice (2-1) on the road on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. in a rematch of the 2023 Section 8-3A Championship,

which Alexandria won 69-44


WCA boys handle Battle Lake

WCA’s Ben Bye dunks the ball during a game against Battle Lake on Dec. 2, 2023. WCA won the game 97-39.

Contributed photo by Kraig Hunter

The West Central Area Knights cruised to a 97-39 win over Battle Lake on Saturday thanks to a 61-point first half.

“Battle Lake is going through a lot of adversity right now having Bradyn Roisum in the ATV accident this summer and having a few other injuries coming into the year,” WCA head coach Kraig Hunter said. “Their leading scorer, Jack Meckalson, also got injured in the first half. Our team and community have the Roisum’s and the Battle Lake team in our thoughts and prayers. With that said, we were very proud of all of our guys playing a high level of basketball. We were able to play all twelve players on our roster for extensive minutes tonight and got everyone in the scoring column. A lot of good energy on defense from everyone and a lot of unselfish passes on the offensive end again.”

Every WCA player that played on Saturday found their way into the scoring column.

The Knights shot 41-for-60 from the field, including 9-of-20 from the three-point line. Mitch Dewey and Cam Anderson each had 14 points in the game.

Also, on Saturday, the WCA girls defeated Royalton 54-50 to get their first win of the season.

WCA (2-0), who is ranked No. 5 in the Class A Minnesota Basketball News Poll, is on the road at Morris Area-Chokio-Alberta on Friday, Dec. 8, 2023, at 7:15 p.m.

WCA PLAYER STATS – Mitch Dewey – 14 points, 4 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds; Cam Anderson – 14 points, 4 assists, 3 rebounds, 2 steals; Sam Hanson – 13 points, 7 assists, 6 steals, 5 rebounds; Bryce Kjesbo – 11 points, 5 assists, 2 steals, 1 rebound; Nas Dotts – 10 points, 7 steals, and 3 rebounds; Brady Lindquist – 9 points; Ben Bye – 8 points, 5 steals, 3 rebounds, 1 assist; Marshall Dewey – 7 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists; Carter Kjesbo – 5 points, 1 assist, Simon Moritz – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assist, 1 steal; Dane Anderson – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist; Owen Sanstead – 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist

Osakis girls edge Pierz in overtime

The Osakis girls basketball team got in the win column on Friday, Dec. 1, 2023, and did so with a stout defensive showing in overtime.

Osakis held Pierz to one in a 55-52 overtime win to get to 1-1 on the year.

“This was a great win for the team, it was one of those games that every possession was so important on both ends of the court,” Osakis head coach Pat Kalpin said.

Pierz erased a 30-25 halftime deficit, and the game went into overtime tied at 51. A pair of Madeline Anderson free throws in overtime helped make the difference for Osakis.

“It was fun to see the girls share the ball so well and take good shots,” Kalpin said. “Pierz is a very good defensive team, so they make you work for every shot. Overall, this was a great team win. I felt our defensive play was much improved from our first game, rebounding was much better, and overall intensity was a night and day difference. I’m proud of the way the girls bounced back from losing a few nights earlier to play well. The contribution everyone made to this win was a collective effort.”

Carlee Muenzhuber had a double-double for Osakis as she scored 16 points and corralled 10 rebounds. Madeline Anderson added 11 points and nearly had a double-double as she had nine rebounds.

Bella Weisser and Maggie Dirkes also reached double figures in scoring as they had 11 points each.

Osakis (1-1) is back at home against Swanville at 7:15 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 1, 2023.

FIELD GOALS – Osakis, 19/57; Pierz, 21/63

THREE-POINTERS – Osakis, 10/30; Pierz, 8/30

FREE THROWS – Osakis, 7/11; Pierz, 2/8

REBOUNDS – Osakis 44, Pierz 35

ASSISTS – Osakis 14, Pierz 12

STEALS – Osakis 5; Pierz 10

TURNOVERS – Osakis 20; Pierz 17

OSAKIS INDIVIDUAL STATS – Hailey Walker – 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Madeline Anderson – 11 points, 9 rebounds, 1 block; Greta Faber – 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists; Kaelyn Walker – 3 rebounds; Bella Weisser – 11 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 deflection, 1 steal; Carlee Muenzhuber – 16 points, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 5 deflections, 2 steals, 1 block; Maggie Dirkes – 11 points, 3 rebounds, 1 deflection, 1 steal

Late first half run lifts Redwood Valley over Minnewaska boys

With an 11-2 run late in the first half against the Minnewaska boys basketball team, Redwood Valley took a double-digit lead and never looked back in a 63-47 win on Saturday.

“We battled all game, just couldn’t get some timely shots to fall in the second half,” Minnewaska head coach Zach Traphagen said. “I’m proud of the boys’ effort and we’re excited to get back to work and clean some things up.”

Tenzin Dahl led the Lakers (0-1) in scoring with 12 points.

Minnewaska play at Montevideo at 7:15 p.m. on Tuesday.

Redwood Valley – 35 28 – 63

MINNEWASKA INDIVIDUAL STATS – Austin Ballhagen – 1 steal; Marc Gruber – 9 points, 1 assist, 1 block, 7 rebounds; Alex Panitzke – 8 points, 5 assists, 5 rebounds, 3 steals; Zach Palmer – 2 points, 2 rebounds; Levi Johnson – 3 points, 3 assists, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Ryland Martin – 3 points, 1 assist, 2 rebounds, 1 steal; Dylan Alexander – 2 points, 1 assist, 9 rebounds, 2 steals; Jacob Mrnack – 1 block; Jack Majerus – 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals; Tenzin Dahl – 12 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal; Carter Meyer – 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Conner Frey – 3 points, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 1 steal; Owen Muelebroeck – 2 points, 1 rebound; Chase Wacker – 1 rebound

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