Osage Tournament

Osage cruises by Versailles in Osage Tournament

Top-seeded School of the Osage hosted No. 8 Versailles in the first round of the Osage Tournament Wednesday night and the Class 4 No. 9 state-ranked Indians had no trouble dispatching the Tigers with a 64-21 win to advance to the semifinals.

“That is what you want to do,” Osage coach Scott Rowland said of getting off to a good start and on the winning side of the bracket. “Versailles, credit to them, they got their first win the other day beating Jamestown so that is good. I think they came in feeling better about themselves because they work hard, but right now they are kind of going through a little bit of a down time.

“We played pretty well, turned them over some and made some shots. The girls just played really well,” Rowland added.

Osage utilized a balanced scoring attack where 10 different players scored at least one basket. Carson Wood paced the Indians with 13 points, Kerrigan Gamm added nine and both Karli Kempf and Kenzi King recorded seven respectively.

“What I like was that it was really balanced,” Rowland noted. “That is a good sign because you don’t need to score 23 points in a game like this. You need to share the ball and now we have a chance to get to the championship if we do something good tomorrow.”

Class 3 Versailles knew the task would not be easy against a team that reached the state quarterfinals a season ago, but Coach Tim Spiers said the execution and effort was just not there Wednesday night.

“It is never fun to play the home team at a tournament and especially when they are a No. 1 seed. I thought they (Osage) came out and executed pretty well and I thought our execution was very poor,” the coach said. “I thought our effort was not very good and you can tell we only practiced a couple of times in the last week.

“We had been playing better recently and we did not do those things tonight. When you play somebody that tough and don’t execute, it is a long night and we were better in the second half, but in the first half there was not much we could take out of it,” he added.

KyLynn Ballew knocked down eight points to lead Versailles while Kylie Viebrock finished with six. Going forward, Spiers said the message remains the same- it’s all about effort.

“We have to have pride to play as hard as we can every game. When you come in as the No. 8 seed it is an uphill battle, and everybody knows that, but that does not mean you make it easy for them,” he stated. “You come out and play hard and that can lead you to better things in the future.”

Osage (11-2) was scheduled to face No. 5 Crocker in the semifinals Thursday night. A win puts the Indians in the championship on Saturday at 4 p.m., and a loss sends the host team to the third place game on the same day at 2:30 p.m. Versailles (1-12) was scheduled to face No. 4 Linn in the consolation semifinals Thursday night, looking to land a spot in the consolation finals on Saturday at 1 p.m.

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Eldon falls to Dixon in Osage Tournament

No. 3 seed Eldon took on No. 6 Dixon in the first round of the Osage Tournament Wednesday night and it was a tough draw for the Mustangs as they fell to the Bulldogs 72-52.

Dixon capitalized on 25 Eldon turnovers to build up a 33-24 halftime lead that could not be overcome.

Macie Halderman knocked down 29 points to pace the Mustangs while Camri Bond finished with 10 and Elizabeth Rush added six.

Eldon (4-12) was scheduled to face St. Elizabeth in the consolation semifinals Thursday night with a trip to the consolation finals on the line for Saturday at 1 p.m.

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