Thunder fortunes reverse on hardwood
How quickly things can turn around in a short period of time.
A week ago the Osseo-Fairchild High School Boys Basketball Team was in the midst of a three-game losing streak. But over the past six days the Thunder have won three in a row to improve their record to 11-8 overall.
O-F's latest win was Tuesday at Glenwood City in non-conference action 74-37. Three players were in double figures for the Thunder led by Ashton Oliver's season-best 21 points, 15 points from Lucas Frase and Brody Seefeldt followed by Jack Steinke six points, Drake Swett and Brogan Korger four points each Joquin Rodriguez five points and two each from Tryggve Korger and Chase Insterness. Oliver and Seefeldt combined for 16 two-point field goals in the contest vs. Hilltoppers. The Thunder will look to keep their winning going this Thursday, Feb. 9 at home vs. Thorp.
Other than Osseo-Fairchild it was all girls' hoops action in the Tri-County on Tuesday. Osseo-Faircild bounced back from a loss Monday to Eau Claire Regis by walloping Thorp at home 90-41. Six players hit double figures for the Thunder led by Madi Loonstra with 14, 13 for Trinity Knudtson, 12 points each for Taylor Gunderson, Rae Prudlick and Eleice Dahl and 10 points for Halle Colby. Josi Tye almost made it as she had nine points and Katie Skoug finished with five points as the Thunder improved to 13-8 overall, 8-5 in the league.
Fall Creek (13-6 overall, 7-5 in the Western Cloverbelt) plays a rescheduled contest Thursday, Feb. 9 at Bloomer but just 48 hours ago saw their winning streak snapped at Cadott by a final of 62-57. Lauryn Goettl of Cadott reached the one thousand point mark but FC held her to just six points for the ballgame. Instead the Hornets Elly Eiler scored 25 and teammate Emma Kowalczyk scored 17 to help the Hornets rally from a halftime deficit. Jasmin Heuer had 20 points to lead FC in scoring followed by Kambel Sell with 14, Tori Marten 11, Jenna Anders four and two points each from Kennedy Tumm, Anna Dougherty, McKenna Klawitter and Marissa Dunham.
Thursday's games are important for most teams they are the last before this weekend's seeding meetings for upcoming WIAA regional tournaments which begin on Feb. 21. Augusta (10-9 overall) will be hosting Whitehall this Friday and is playing to stay above .500 at 10-9 overall and 6-6 in the Large Dairyland. On Tuesday they lost a close one at Melrose-Mindoro 48-46, unable to hold onto a halftime lead. Kennedy Korger scored 19 points to lead AHS in scoring and Sam Winsce finished with 16 points. Brittany Bergman had nine points and Lacy Bergman two. The Mustangs had seven players score led by Lily Radcliffe's 16 points.
Eleva-Strum was Cochrane-Fountain City's 11 win in a row 59-27 on Tuesday. The Pirates, once 5-6 overall are now 16-6 before Friday's showdown at home against No. 1 ranked and undefeated Blair-Taylor. The Cardinals drop to 5-14 overall and 2-11 in the league and they play their final home game this season Friday against Mel-MIn.