Tigers JH Girls finish second
WAUSA—The Osmond Tigers junior high girls basketball team earned second place at the annual O Club Junior High Basketball Tournament on Saturday, January 16.
The year the tournament was held in Wausa thanks to a flip-flop with the Wausa Invitational Speech Meet that was held in Osmond this year thanks to ongoing construction at Wausa High School.
“Overall, I am really proud of our girls,” Morrison said. “We went a long time between winning games, but our girls have been patient and have kept working to improve.”
The Tigers won the tournament’s first game versus Randolph 26-6. They had a dynamic first quarter, scoring fifteen of their twenty-six points.
Sophie scored four points in the first quarter.
Keli Aschoff, Anna Kahny, Caydence Krienert, Belle Vinson, and Erin Wagner all scored in the first quarter as well.
“After a minute of two of adjusting to the rhythm of the game, our girls did a nice job being aggressive,” Tigers Coach Scott Morrison said.
The Tigers scored only two points in the second quarter and three points in the third quarter. This included a second quarter basket by Vinson and three points by Tessa Gardner.
In the fourth quarter Gardner added to the Tigers’ lead by hitting two free-throws.
Wagner also scored two points.
Vinson, Gardner, and Krienert all did well on the glass. Vinson and Gardner each had seven rebounds, while Krienert had six.
Keli Aschoff and Julianna Kumm each had six steals; Sophie Gansebom added four assists.
Callie Hoffman worked hard on the block throughout the game. She has improved drastically thoughout the year.
Brianna Kumm had a steal and an assist. She is visibly improving and becoming more confident.
Jamie Gubbels did a nice job; she played the most she has all year and visibly looked like she was enjoying herself.
Keely Gubbels was absent, but we know how much work she’s put in and what she means to the team.
The Tigers lost in the championship round 30-10 to the Plainview Lady Pirates.
Despite a valiant effort, the Tigers weren’t able to overcome the Pirates aggressiveness, size, and ability.
The Tigers found themselves down 15-2 at the end of the first quarter, but they really bounced back defensively, holding the Pirates scoreless in the second quarter.
“Going into halftime, we felt like we would have a chance to make a few adjustments and rally,” Morrison said.
The Tigers had a difficult time, though, handling the renewed effort by the Pirates, who outscored the Tigers 15-4 in the second half.
“Probably the biggest improvement I’d like to see the girls make before they move on to high school is for them to run a full-court man to put pressure on the other team, and find ways to create opportunities that way,” Morrison said.
Belle Vinson had a nice game; she had eight of the Tigers ten points and pulled down seven rebounds.
“Belle has been a great all year; she is extremely physically and mentally tough,” Morrison said.
Keli Aschoff scored the Tigers other two points. She had a couple steals.
Rebounding seem to be one of the Tigers strengths, especially from a statistical vantage point.
Caydence Krienert had six rebounds, Tessa Gardener and Erin Wagner each added five, Callie Hoffman and Julianna Kumm each had four. Brianna Kumm added three.
Sophie Gansebom did a nice job controlling the basketball at times. She’s at her best when she’s aggressive going to the hoop.
Anna Kahny had two steals.
Jamie Gubbels also got in and moved up and down the court.
The Tigers will move on to play in a couple club tournaments; they start at Elkhorn Valley on Sunday, March 1st, and then they play on March 8th in the Plainview tournament.
Game 1 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Osmond 15 2 2 6 26
Randolph 0 0 0 6 6
Game 2 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
Osmond 2 4 2 4 15
Plainview 15 0 7 8 30
Tigers fall 29-20 to Wausa, B Team wins 5-0
WAUSA—The Osmond Tigers junior high basketball team played Tuesday, February 11 in Wausa as part of an A Team/B Team double header.
The Tigers fell in the first game 29-20, and they won the second 5-0.
The game started off a little rocky for the Tigers who were outscored 11-2 in the first quarter. However, the Tigers got back in the game with a 7-0 run in the second.
“We can play really well at times; definitely during those times that this group’s potential is visible,” Morrison said. “It’s really visible when our girls hustle and get aggressive.”
This was particularly true during this stretch as the Tigers played great defense, shutting the Vikings out for the whole quarter.
They also had scoring contributions from three different girls: Keli Aschoff (2), Anna Kahny (2 free-throws), and Caydence Krienert (3).
After the solid effort in the second, the Tigers were then outscored 6-1 in the third quarter.
Keli Aschoff, who hit a free-throw, was the lone scorer for the Tigers.
The Tigers posted another great run in the fourth, and they whittled the lead down to five in the last minute of the game.
“I was really proud of our girls’ effort during their run,” Morrison said. “We’ve got to find ways to make the run last through the who ball game.”
“To me, we seem to have a recurring theme for the season: When we’re aggressive and we hustle, we play well,” Morrison said.
The Tigers hit eight of 11 free-throws in the fourth quarter, their most impressive stretch of the season so far.
Krienert, herself, was 4-for-4. Belle Vinson hit 3-of-4. Sophie Gansebom made one.
Krienert scored seven points, eight rebounds, and three steals. Vinson had eight rebounds and five steals.
Keli Aschoff scored three points, had six rebounds, and collected three steals.
Sophie Gansebom scored three points and had four rebounds. She scored all of her points in the fourth quarter.
Erin Wagner had two points to go along with her four rebounds. Anna Kahny had two point, two rebounds, and two steals.
Among the posts, Tessa Gardner had three rebounds and a steal. Callie Hoffman had two rebounds, a steal, and an assist.
Julie Kumm also did well with three rebounds.
In the B game, the Tigers won 5-0.
Brianna and Julianna Kumm each had two points. Anna Kahny hit a free-throw.
Kahny had two steals and a rebound. She really did a nice job of handling the ball.
Tessa Gardner had three rebounds while Julianna Kumm had two offensive boards. Callie Hoffman had a rebounds as well.
A GAME 1st 2nd 3rd 4th T
OSMOND 2 7 1 10 20
WAUSA 11 0 6 12 29
B GAME 4th T
OSMOND 5 5
WAUSA 0 0