by Bob San
Senior guard Angie Davison scored a career-high 31 points to lead host Maple Grove to a 72-60 win over Osseo Jan. 4.
The game, the opening contest of an Osseo-Maple Grove basketball doubleheader that drew a packed house, featured three Div. I players in Davison and Osseo’s Janay Morton and Phillis Webb. The three put on a show. Davison torched the Orioles for 31 points and Morton almost matched her with 26 points. Webb scored 15.
Maple Grove led 36-27 at halftime. Osseo tried to come back in the second half behind Morton and Webb but they had no answers to Davison, who scored on outside jumpers, free throws and inside drives to lead her squad.
“Obviously Angie had a special night,” Crimson coach Mark Cook said. “She was feeling it and it was fun to watch. She is such a great kid to coach and it was fun to see her have that kind of night in that atmosphere.”
Davison was not only in having a good night. Kaela Jones added 15 points and Maddie Ordner and Julie Hagert each had 7. Cook felt the entire team played very well in the big win.
“Ultimately it was a team win,” Cook said. “I thought we played great team defense and we executed the game plan well. Our bench gave us great energy and good minutes when they needed to. We challenged our kids to step up and we feel they really rose to the challenge. I’m very proud of all the kids. Osseo is a great team and I’m sure we will see them a couple more times.”
Maple Grove, 5-2 in league play, next visits Elk River Friday, Jan. 11.
Morton and Webb were the only Orioles in double figures. Ayo Porte and Courtney Calkins each added 6.
The Orioles have dropped four straight dating back to losses to Minnetonka, Eden Prairie and Hopkins in the holiday tournament. Osseo, 6-2 in the conference, next sets sight on knocking off conference leader Centennial (8-0) Thursday, Jan. 10.
“There are no breaks in the Northwest Suburban Conference,” Osseo coach John Rieser said. “We are finding out that every game is a battle and we have to be prepared. As a staff we like the effort each kid is giving, but you are never really satisfied. We continue to stress the need for improvement each day, individually and as a team.”
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