by Bob San
SUN PRESS Newspapers
Osseo squeezed by Robbinsdale Cooper 55-53 in overtime in a Section 5 quarterfinal game March 7. Kiara Russell led Osseo with 16 points.
“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” Osseo coach John Rieser said. “We were playing without Azaria Reed, who was out with an illness, so we had to go a bit deeper on the bench when Hayley Swanson got into foul trouble.”
And the bench came through for Osseo, especially sophomore post Lemia Ntor-ue, who came up with a career-high 12 points.
“Lemia missed much of the season with a serious ankle injury,” Rieser said. “She actually reinjured it in early January, so really hasn’t played much this season. She is very athletic and has a great wing span. She gave us some quality minutes last night.”
Ari Jones chipped in with seven points Madi Malone and Cat Etheridge each scored six points and Ayo Porte had five. But Russell led Osseo and came through with five of Osseo’s eight points in overtime.
“Kiara Russell is also playing at a high level, but we really got great contributions from every kid that played,” Rieser said. Osseo, seeded fourth, played top-seeded Centennial in the semifinal March 11. The winner advances to the section final Friday, March 14, at Anoka.
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