by Bob San
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
All basketball followers know Osseo has two top players in seniors Janay Morton and Phillis Webb but the Orioles have shown this year that they are not a two-person squad. The 61-54 win against Coon Rapids Jan. 18 was a good example.
The Cardinals always give Osseo a tough time and beat Osseo twice last year. In this game, the Orioles did not have the service of Webb, who sat out the game due to an injury. However, several Orioles stepped up in her absence.
“Janay Morton really took over in this game, scoring 28 points and displaying her leadership in all aspects of the game,” Osseo coach John Reiser said. “She got everyone involved and set the tone on the defensive end as well. Senior Annie Schoeben has been a real unsung hero for us this year. She has started games for injured players and played in every position on the floor. Against Coon Rapids, she started in place of Phillis and spent time playing guard and post. She scored some crucial baskets in the second half to help the Orioles maintain the lead. Stephanie Holmes came back from a nagging ankle injury and contributed some solid minutes as well.”
Morton had another big night to lead Osseo to a 58-51 win at Elk River Jan. 22. Morton finished with 22 points and Webb returned to action to add 17.
Osseo’s four-game winning streak ended in a 57-54 loss at Anoka Jan. 25. They fell behind by 13 points at halftime, rallied in the second half but could not quite catch up. Webb led Osseo with 18 and Morton had 17.
Osseo next hosts Andover Friday, Feb. 1.
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