Big second half lifts Crimson basketball girls to win over Osseo

By Bob San

Sun Press Newspapers

 

The Maple Grove girls’ basketball team had revenge on their mind when they visited Osseo last Friday, Feb. 7. They got it with a 66-45 win to avenge a loss they suffered in December.

Cora Bourbonais of Maple Grove (5) drives in for two points against Osseo Ari Jones. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

Cora Bourbonais of Maple Grove (5) drives in for two points against Osseo Ari Jones. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

The Crimson led 26-23 at halftime but outscored the host 40-22 in the second half. Kaela Jones provided the offensive spark for Maple Grove. The senior forward got hot and Osseo could not stop her. Jones scored 19 of her game-high 21 points after intermission.

“Maple Grove took it to us in the second half,” Osseo coach John Rieser said. “They played excellent defense and we struggled to finish when we had the opportunities. We got the lead down to 10 points with around 4 minutes left, but couldn’t take advantage of some opportunities. Give Maple Grove credit, they made the plays necessary to win down the stretch.”

Crimson senior Cora Bourbonais also had a big offensive night as she added 18 points and Haylee Baker 14.

Maple Grove’s Mackenzie Barta (14) attempts to block a shot by Osseo’s Kiara Russell. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

Maple Grove’s Mackenzie Barta (14) attempts to block a shot by Osseo’s Kiara Russell. (Photo by Rich Moll – richmollphotography.com)

Kiara Russell led Osseo with 14 points, Ayo Porte 13 and Aaria Reed 9.

The loss dropped Osseo to 11-8.

“We have been up and down this year, playing well in some games and then letting other games get away from us,’ Rieser said. “I think that is because we are really young with only two seniors –Madi Malone and Ayo Porte–on the roster. Our end of the year schedule is tough, but it should get us ready for post season play.”

Osseo next hosts league leader Centennial Thursday, Feb. 13.

Maple Grove travels to Elk River Friday, Feb. 14.

 

Contact Bob San at sunpressnews@ecm-inc.com

 

 

 

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