Tri-County Area Prep Girls Basketball Round-up: Win clinches tie for Cloverbelt West title for Osseo-Fairchild

The No. 5 ranked Osseo-Fairchild High School Girls Basketball Team clinched a tie for the West Cloverbelt Conference title for the second season in a row after crushing Thorp 75-33 at home on Tuesday of this Week, Feb. 8.

The Thunder, 20-1 overall, can wrap-up the league title outright as they did last year with a win at home against Bloomer on Friday, Feb. 11. Tip time 7:30 p.m.

Madisyn Loonstra led the Thunder in scoring with a season-best 18 points and teammate Lacey Frase scored 16 while Mariah Steinke finished with nine points. Nine players for O-F scored at least a basket. Brianna Horn had 18 points to lead the Cardinals, 2-19 overall, in scoring.

Last week the Thunder put away Tomah, 8-14 overall, in a non-conference contest at Tomah back on Feb. 1 by a 71-45 score and took out Stanley-Boyd, 7-14 overall, 73-52 at S-B. Against the Orioles, O-F's Taylor Gunderson had a season-best 25 points with Loonstra scoring 18 points, and Frase finishing with 12. Kayte Licht led S-B with 13 points. Again the Thunder had balanced scoring with six player with at least five points or more.

On Friday, Feb. 11 Fall Creek High School will celebrate 50 years of its championship-winning girls basketball program coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX before its home ballgame with Stanley-Boyd. The Crickets, 14-8 overall, come into the contest with some momentum on its side as they have won four in a row and five out of their last six contests. The recent wins have secured a winning conference record for FC.

FC won at Thorp last week 58-25 on Feb. 3. The Crickets edged Laona/Wabeno 39-36 in the Just A Game Classic last weekend at Just A Game Fieldhouse located at the Chula Vista Resort in Wisconsin Dells. The Crickets then downed Cadott 50-42 at home on Tuesday, Feb. 8. Fall Creek' scoring was very balanced with seven players scoring at least three points each with Katie Kent leading the way with 11 points, Tori Marten nine, Gianna Vollrath eight points, and seven points each for Jenna Anders and JaneyAnne Grossinger. Fall Creek also played exceptional defense as they held the Western Cloverbelt's leading scorer Lauren Goettl to a season-low nine points.

In the Dairyland Large, both Augusta and Eleva-Strum have endured recent setbacks and some wins as well.

Augusta has won two straight after losing four straight. The Beavers, 9-12 overall, whipped Whitehall on Tuesday 53-44 at home. Augusta had four players in double figures scoring led by Kennedy Korger's 14 points followed by teammates Brittany Bergman 13 points, Kirsten Willems 11 points and Sam Winsce 10 points. Trinity Aasen had 12 points for the Norse, 10-9 overall. Just 24 hours before, Augusta beat down Thorp in a non-league game 47-30. AHS again had several players in double figures led by Korger's 14 points, 12 from Willms and 10 from Winsce. Augusta has tough challenge ahead Friday traveling to No. 3 ranked Blair-Taylor, 19-1 overall, but close the season next week with winnable games at Boyceville on Monday, Feb. 14 and at home vs. Eleva-Strum. If nothing else the Beavers have significantly improved upon its records from a season ago.

Last week Augusta lost 48-41 at Melrose-Mindoro on Feb. 3 as Korger led the Beavers in scoring with 14 points and 66-38 at Cadott back on Feb. 1 in a non-league game. Korger had 16 points and Bergman nine. The Cloverbelt Conference leading scorer Lauren Goettl led the Hornets, 17-5 overall, in scoring with 21 points.

Eleva-Strum's overall record dropped below .500 at 8-10 after two recent losses. The Cardinals lost at Cochrane-Fountain City, 16-5 overall, back on Feb. 3 by a 57-43 score. Jaden Bautch scored 13 points and Paige Hanner scored 11 for the Cardinals but the Pirates had three players in double figures to offset this. Madison Schultz finished with eight points for E-S. Central then fell at home to Melrose-Mindoro, 11-11 overall, by a 58-49 score. Ella Tracey had a double -double for Mel-Min with 23 points and 18 rebounds and teammate Lily Radcliffe scored 18 points.. The Mustangs outscored E-S by a decisive 35-27 margin in the second half after leading by just one at halftime.

The Cardinals are at Whitehall on Friday and their final regular season home game Monday, Feb. 14 against No. 3 ranked Chippewa Falls McDonell and clude the regular season Feb. 17 against Augusta.


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