Kaiser, Mo. – The Osage middle school teams continue their winning streaks, as the 8th grade boys advanced to 8-0 with a 52-10 win over Joel E. Barber on Jan. 10, their first time back after the break.
The boys' win over Barber was part of a tournament, and gave the team a first place finish. Coach Kevin Schnicker said the boys played a great game, with everyone hustling and passing the ball well. The boys continue to improve and work hard, and as a result, they won first, with every player scoring in the game.
James McCann led the squad with 17, followed by Zach Wheeler with 15 and Payton Bartlett with 9.
The Osage 8th grade "B" team also fared well in the tournament, and despite a bad start in their match against California, the boys played with a lot of energy to come back and take the lead with seven seconds left in the game and holding on for a 33-32 win.
Ian Marsh led the team with 9 points, followed by Tyler Russell with 6, and Mitchell Turner and Jordan Wade with 5 each. The boys' win secured second place in their tournament.
The undefeated 7th grade girls continue their win-streak after 50-4 win over Versailles. According to Coach Amy McDonald, everyone was able to get involved in some capacity, and the team did an excellent job moving the ball and finding the open player. Kaelyn English and Lexy Terry did well on the boards, as two of English's three baskets came after offensive rebounds.
Kerrigan Gamm led the team with 19, followed by Carson Wood with 8. The team's next match comes on Monday, as they play Lebanon to kick off the Camdenton Tournament.
Osage's 7th grade boys advanced to 5-4 after a 47-35 win over Camdenton. Coach Mark Edwards said that the team got off to a slow start offensively, as they got shots, but nothing seemed to fall.
Luckily, that changed after the first quarter, and after the boys started hitting their shots, the offense took off, and with their aggressive playing, Coach Edwards said the boys put up one of their best games of the season.
Dalton Depee and Trey Rassenfoss both led the team with 21 points apiece and combined for six three-pointers in the game. In the "B" game, the boys fell 44-6.
The team returned to the court on the next day, and after falling behind early on, the boys rallied back in the second half, taking the lead in the fourth quarter. The lead kept switching hands in the final two minutes, and the boys had a chance to retake the lead with less than 10 seconds to play, but things didn't fall their way, and the boys' record fell to 5-5 after a 40-39 loss to Lebanon.
Dalton Depee led the team with 21 and Trey Rassenfoss followed with 12. Trevor Ralston, Andrew Reahr and Lane Stevson all recorded 2 points apiece.