Highlights for some Osseo and Maple Grove high school teams:
The Crimson extended their winning streak to five games with a 57-57 win over Elk River Feb. 14. Haylee Barker led the way with 13 points. Kenzie Barta had 11, Kaela Jones 9 and Cora Bourbonais 7.
Maple Grove next hosts Blaine Friday, Feb. 21.
After their upset win at Osseo, the Crimson almost upended another top 10 team in Armstrong Feb. 17 at home. They led by a large margin in the first half but Armstrong rallied to tie the game in the second half and won 68-67 in overtime. Brad Davison led MG with 19 points, Matt Lindgren had 18 and Reed Nikko 15.
The Crimson won their next two games, defeating Anoka 65-39. Davison scored 18 to lead the way. Maple Grove then defeated 66-54 over Elk River Feb. 14. Davison paced MG with 20 points, Tyler Barker had 13 and Lindgren 10.
The Crimson end the regular season at Blaine Feb. 21.
Crimson seniors Sean Heaton and Ryan Peterson placed 33rd and 76th respectively at the state Nordic ski meet at Giant’s Ridge in Biwabik Feb.13
Osseo lost at Hopkins 73-64 Feb. 12 but did something no Osseo team had ever done before — build a 12-point lead against the Royals. The Orioles did that in the first half with a stifling defense and powerful fast break to build the lead. Kiara Russell, Ari Jones and Madi Malone led the charge, turning Hopkins over several times leading to easy baskets. Hopkins closed to three points at halftime and managed to pull away in a tight second half. Russell led Osseo with 17 points along with five rebounds and seven assists and Ayo Porte added 13 points seven rebounds. Azaria Reed and Malone added 12 and 10 respectively.
Osseo gave a good fight but lost 77-67 to No. 3 Centennial Feb. 14. The Orioles went out strong against a strong, deep Centennial Cougar team but came up a bit short. Porte led the Orioles with 20 points and seven rebounds. Malone and Reed chipped in 11 each.
A 74-41 home defeat to No.2 Hopkins Feb. 12 and a 66-64 loss at Centennial Feb.14 extended Osseo’s losing streak to four games. The Orioles gave No. 2 Hopkins a great battle before losing a close one. Wheeler Baker had 36 points against Hopkins and 26 against Centennial.
The Orioles lost the four games by a total of nine points. Earlier, the Orioles lost to Maple Grove 65-64 and at Park Center 69-66.
The Orioles hope to regain their winning ways when they end the regular season against Coon Rapids Friday, Feb. 21. Section plays begin Feb. 28.