The Osseo Orioles fended off a rally by Elk River to beat the Elks 65-62 on Tuesday evening, overcoming a 31-point onslaught by Elk center Abi Scheid.
Ayo Porte and Kiara Russell hit 14 points each for the Orioles and Catera Etheridge added 10 off the bench in the second half for Osseo (6-2 conference, 8-4 overall).
Scheid, in her third straight game scoring either 30 or 31 points, made 12 field goals and 7-for-9 free shots. Gabi Haack scored 8 points, Sidney Wentland 7 and Shelby Gracik 6 for the Elks (2-6 conference, 5-7 overall).
The Orioles led by as much as 10 in the second half.
“We came back and tied it twice and had a couple chances to take the lead,” said JV coach Brian Steuter, who headed the team in the absence of head coach Reed Cauette. “But we missed our chances.”
The Elks suffered several turnovers early against Osseo’s full-court man-to-man press.
“We weathered that storm and did better in the second half,” said Steuter.
Osseo graduated a pair of Division I players but remains one of the NWSC’s top teams with a nicely-balanced lineup.
The Orioles made 21 of 29 free shots and the Elks made 16 of 21.
The Elks’ five losses include one by one point, two by three points, and two by seven points.
They will host Coon Rapids on Friday.
Coach resting for a week
Caouette told the Star News on Sunday that he encountered a health issue that requires a week of rest. He was hospitalized last weekend. The coach said he expects to return next week.