Osseo girls’ basketball team settles in

By Bob San

Since losing the DeLaSalle, the Orioles have reeled off wins against Elk River, Anoka, Cooper and Blaine before losing to Andover Friday, Dec. 14.

The most exciting victory came in the win over Cooper in the Tip-Off Tournament Dec. 8. Ayo Porte scored the winning basket with 4.6 seconds left on a offensive rebound to give Osseo a 63-62 win over Cooper. Janay Morton had 24 points to lead the Orioles, who survived a last second shot by Cooper that hit the front of the rim.

Phillis Webb has provided solid overall play for the Osseo girls' basketball team. (Photo by Rich Moll)
Phillis Webb has provided solid overall play for the Osseo girls’ basketball team. (Photo by Rich Moll)

The Orioles as expected have been led by Morton (17 points per game) and Webb 15 ppg) but coach John Rieser is encouraged by the team’s overall development in the first two weeks.

“The coaching staff is happy with the progress we are making as a team.  We still have lots of work to do, but the kids are coming to work everyday and that effort is going to pay off,” Rieser said. “Phillis and Janay are playing as expected. We are very happy with the leadership they are showing on and off the floor. You really can’t say enough positive about the two of them. Ayo Porte, Belinda Barfknecht and Catera Etheridge are stepping up, both offensively and defensively. Madi Malone is starting to get back into playing shape following an illness and Annie Schoeben has been quietly giving us quality minutes. Steph Holmes and Bri Jones are also giving us quality minutes. Junior Courtney Calkins is splitting time with JV and doing some good things in her limited minutes. We would really like to play an up-tempo style so we need contributions from all 10 players each night.”

The Orioles next visit Champlin Park Thursday, Dec. 20.