Streeters win playoff opener
The Sauk Centre girls’ basketball team proved they don’t have to rely just on the three-point shot to win basketball games.
Going against a Pierz defense that focused on shutting down perimeter shooting, the Streeters went inside to Julie Bushard and Amanda Weir who combined for 43 points in the 75-52 sub-section quarterfinal win.
Bushard made eight baskets and was 8-for-9 from the free throw line to finish with 24 points. Weir made nine baskets to finish with 19 points.
“We thought they were going to play man-to-man defense,” said Streeter head coach Scott Bergman. “But they played zone and that left a lot of space for our post players inside.”
Sauk attempted just 15 three-pointers, making five of them.
“Our guards did a good job of getting the ball inside and our post players did a good job of getting the ball in the basket,” said Bergman.
Madison Moritz had seven assists and six steals and Alea Gerhartz added five assists. As a team the Streeters shot 50 percent from the floor. They led 39-18 at the half on their way to the victory.
The win pits them against Osakis Saturday night at 6 p.m. at St. John’s University. The Streeters lost in overtime to the Silverstreaks 76-75 on Feb. 7.
Osakis is 23-2 and is the No. 2 seed in the sub-section.
“We are going to have to play one of our better defensive games to beat them,” said Bergman. “They have five girls in the starting lineup who can score. There aren’t any weaknesses there.”
Bergman said rebounding and limiting turnovers will play a key role in Saturday’s outcome.
• Thursday’s win was the team’s 20th on the season. It is the eighth straight year the girls’ team has won 20 games.
• Bergman noted that in his 12 years this is the first year he has had four girls reach 200 points on the season. Ali Peterson, Madi Greenwaldt, Julie Bushard and Amanda Weir all have eclipsed the 200-point mark. With 25 games in, that means all four players are averaging at least eight points per game.
• Osakis defeated Pillager 59-20 Thursday and top-seeded Staples-Motley defeated Long prairie Grey Eagle 68-33. Staples-Motley (19-6) defeated Osakis 60-50 on Feb. 3.
Sauk Centre 39 36 - 75
Pierz 18 34 - 52
Scoring: Julie Bushard 24 (4 rebounds, 3 assists), Amanda Weir 19 (5 rebounds), Madison Moritz 7 (7 assists 6 steals), Becca Weir 6 (4 rebounds), Ali Peterson 6, Madi Greenwaldt 5, Alea Gerhartz 3 (5 assists), Shania Baum 3, Kelsey Peschel 2. FG 29-58, 3PT 5-15, FT 12-16, PF 17.