From Coach Chris Gump
"The 7th grade Osage Lady Indians earned a perfect record for their season following two tough wins in the Camdenton Tournament last week.
The ladies defeated California 31-28 in overtime in the semifinals of the tournament Thursday; then followed that win up with a 22-19 win over Rolla for the championship Friday, January 18.
We didn’t have our best offensive flow in either of those games. We were a little beat up physically, and hadn’t played much in the prior two weeks, and we just couldn’t do anything easily or pretty. However, I thought the girls showed a lot of grit and defensive effort in both games.
I have to give a lot of credit to both of our opponents. Those are two solid and well-coached teams who were motivated to knock us off, so we really had to earn those last two wins.
The first time we’d played California was in December, and it hadn’t been as close, but they’re a team with good length and skill, and they’d gotten one of their better players back from injury. They jumped on us early. Even though we came back and led a lot of the game, we could never pull away. They hit a big 3-pointer with around a minute to play that tied the game, and it was a fight from there.
We actually executed a nice play from a sideline inbound with 3 seconds left, with good passes from Taylor Johnson to Halle Helton to Alison Steen. Steen hit the would-be game-winner, but her release was just after the buzzer, and we went to overtime.
Overtime was still tight the whole way, but we were able to get a one-point lead before Steen hit a shot with about five seconds left to ice it.
Marysa Stoecklein led all scorers in the game with 15 points, Helton scored 8, and Steen and Lexie Porter scored four each.
We’d only beaten Rolla 28-24 in a wild game the first time we played them, so we knew we had our work cut out for us if we were going to finish with a perfect record. They have an exceptional point guard who is very good at both getting in the lane and shooting from 3-point range.
Our two best on-ball defenders, Porter and Helton, were both a little beat up with sore ankles, but they did a good job of taking turns guarding her. We played a pretty good first quarter, but from there we just had a lot of trouble putting the ball in the basket and led by only one point at halftime.
However, we rebounded fairly well, and didn’t yield much on the defensive end. We drew at least three charges.
It was one of those games where a three-point lead feels like a little more (unless you’re trying for an undefeated season), and we were able to get a three-point lead at the end of the third and hold on. The nervous part was we knew they had the capability to hit a big 3-pointer.
There were a couple of scary moments when their star came close to making one, and I thought we might have to go to overtime all over again. But we managed to hang on in regulation this time.
Steen led us with six points in our last game. Johnson, Stoecklein, and Lexie Porter scored four points each, and Helton and Lauren Bartlett each scored two.
This is a great group of girls. We didn’t win by a bunch of blowouts. In fact, 8 of our 15 games were decided by 12 points or fewer. We worked hard for everything we got.
I think our biggest strength was our depth and versatility. We could play a taller lineup with both Stoecklein and Bartlett on the floor, or we could basically put a bunch of wings and guards on the floor with Helton and Porter as our two tallest players. We could pressure teams with full-court defense, but we also could lock teams down pretty well in the halfcourt too.
We really had seven starters with Helton, Porter, Stoecklein, Bartlett, Johnson, Steen, and Bailey Luttrell. That gave us a lot of flexibility.
We also had a full bench of girls who are less experienced, but showed steady improvement. Zoe Jones, Lindsey Benson, Aubrie Gonnella, Hannah Etherton, Sara Richey, Jennifer Renz, Brooke Strickler, and Maya Miller showed great improvement as a group. They have lots of different strengths, and I expect some of them will increase their roles going forward if they continue to work hard.
As a team, one area we definitely need to continue to improve is our shooting, and we left a lot of free points on the table due to struggles at the free-throw line. But these girls are athletic and coachable, and I expect them to improve in all facets. They just need to take the time to shoot on their own in the offseason.
I also can’t say enough good things about our two team managers. Gratian Adams and Megan Smithson were with us every step of the way. They are such responsible young ladies, and they were a really important part of making our season smooth and successful.
I had a lot of fun coaching this group, and I look forward to seeing what they can accomplish in the future."
"Last night was a very important game. The girls wanted to continue getting to championship games in our own tournament and they were successful in doing that for the sixth time in six years. I feel like a huge key to this game was turnovers. The girls were able to force turnovers to the tune of 23 by Richland while only turning it over 7 times themselves. In the first quarter we held them to 6 points and forced 7 turnovers. I thought that throughout the night the defense that Sara and Payton played on their best player was key. She got points, but had to earn them. Carson and Kerrigan combined for 12 points in the quarter and we were off. The second quarter saw Richland mount a bit of a comeback as we were forced into some tough shots and they got a bunch of offensive rebounds and putbacks. Luckily in the second, Liberty had a great quarter, scoring 7 to keep us in it. The third quarter was a difference maker as the girls outscored them by 9 to have a good lead going into the fourth. Richland would cut into the lead a bit, but it was always a 3 possession game and we ended up getting the win. In the third quarter we had a player reach a milestone. Carson Wood got a steal and then a pass ahead from Sara to finish a left-handed layup for her 1,000th point. She is the fifth Lady Indian to accomplish the career accomplishment and the second this year. Congratulations to Carson on the great career that she has had individually statistic-wise and as a vital cog in excellent teams the past four seasons." ~ Coach Scott Rowland
"This was a tough game in the midst of four very strong opponents. Without a doubt, this was the most important game of the four as it was a conference game against a perennial conference power. Blair Oaks definitely presents us with problems because of their size and outside shooting abilities. In our earlier meeting that our girls won in the conference championship game our rebounding and defense carried the day in a 37-25 victory. This game started out way differently than that one played out. In our first game it was 11-9 at halftime, in this one we were down 19-17. We were led in the quarter by Liberty who came out firing and had 6 points in the first couple of minutes. We got 6 points from Carson and 5 from Kerrigan. We had trouble finding one of their shooters and she hit 3 3’s in the quarter to lead them. In the second, the pace slowed a ton as both teams cooled off. We were down only by 3 at half. In the third we had five people score but couldn’t make much headway against them as another one of their guards got to the basket for 9 points total. We were down a couple when Carson took over defensively. She got a steal and finish and then a big block to set up our last possession. We got a good look, but their defense held and we turned it over with a couple seconds left. They called timeout and we talked about what to do on defense. Liberty made a play on the pass and drove down and took a shot and got fouled with 0.0 on the clock. They didn’t have a timeout and she calmly stepped up and swished the first FT to give us the victory." ~ Coach Scott Rowland
"This was a big game for our team as we started our conference schedule. We didn’t have much chance to prepare with having a game on Friday so I was interested to see how we would come out. As it turns out, really well. I was really pleased with the way that all five of the starters played. We played good defense, got good shots and knocked them down. The ball moved on the offensive end and the girls made things tough for Hallsville to run offense. Kerrigan had 7 to pace us and Liberty had 4 to pace us offensively. In the second quarter, I felt we got tired and didn’t handle the defensive change that Hallsville put on us. They outscored us by 4 and, led by 6 points from Carson, we were up 4 at halftime. The first 4 minutes of the 3rd quarter were the difference in the game. Our girls came out with more focus and intensity than we had in the second and really forced the issue. Carson had 11 points and Liberty and Payton added four each. Switching our defenses held Hallsville to only 3 points in the quarter and we felt very good going in to the fourth. Kerrigan scored 7 in the fourth and our defense continued to be stellar. I thought that Liberty had one of her best games having 9 boards and 4 steals and being the focused, intense player we need. Carson going for 25 but also adding 8 boards and 6 steals is what we need. Payton had a solid game and Kerrigan was a force inside. It was also great to see Sydney and Ella come in and score." ~ Coach Scott Rowland
Leaders of the Month- December
Caden exemplifies what it means to be a leader in the classroom! He can always be depended on to give his best and to participate in class. He is conscientious and focused. His outstanding work ethic ensures he comes to class prepared and produces high quality work while balancing his extracurricular activities. Caden also has a sense of humor and is quick to smile. This positive energy creates an enjoyable environment in class. He works well with others and is happy to help those who need it.
Addison is a very conscientious student who makes a difference in class. She is actively engaged in the lessons presented, hardworking, and shares her time and talents with those around her. Her positive personality makes her a joy to be around. Addison is also an active member with the OMS Builders Club (a service organization). She balances her time outside of school with playing sports and is an active member of her church.
Colby demonstrates putting first things first, as well as synergy, in his everyday leadership opportunities. Colby works well with everyone and is willing to share his talents with his classmates. He is always prepared, polite, and positive.
Brooke utilizes all of her strengths to be a leader in and out of the classroom. She organizes her time wisely in order to be an achiever. Brooke shows kindness and compassion to her peers and teachers. She always enters the room with a friendly smile. She is also involved in extracurricular activities such as the basketball team.
Mattilyn has received this honor because of her behavior and attitude toward her teachers and her classmates. When interacting with her teachers, Matty has a pleasant attitude and is willing to help out when needed. She is willing to help a teacher when asked and even willing to help classmates if the need arises. Matty exhibits behavior that the 8th grade team likes to see in their students.
Matt has taken the role of leader in weights class by holding his fellow students accountable during workouts and also leading the class in stretching lines. He is always working hard to improve his lifting form and really takes pride in everything he does. Keep up the good work and continue to be a great leader for your 8th grade class.
Congratulations to the December Good Citizens at Heritage Elementary
Kindergarten: James Epple, Addison Bowlin, David Scharphorn, Landon Hays, Braxton Woods, Kimber Waters, Norah Morgan and Boston Cooper
1st Grade: Patricia Scott, Accalia Crosthwait, Hadleigh Kessler, Carson Green, Ashlyn Gipson, Liliana Porter and Colton Krantz
2nd Grade: Adelyn Scott, Kayden Beckless, Mackenzie Adrian, Desmond Kemper, Cater Bellmer, Diego Perez and not pictured, Storm Glawson
From the coach: "After 18 days without a game, this felt like the beginning of a new season. It would be great if every game started like this one did. The girls came out and jumped out to a quick 9-0 lead and scored 25 in the quarter on very hot shooting. We hit three 3’s (Sara 2, Carson 1) and got the ball to Kerrigan who didn’t miss and to Carson who only missed once in the quarter. We moved the ball well and our defense flustered Buffalo a little. To their credit they came right back. We missed some shots and started not moving on offense and got outscored by nine in the quarter to only be up by one at half. The second half was a half of runs. We would go up by 4 or 6 then they would answer with a 5-0 run to tie it up or take the lead. Their best player ended with 33 points on the night and many were tough shots in the lane or with someone flying at her. The game was back and forth and then we were down one and they had the ball. Liberty came up big in this quarter for us after having a tough start to the game. The girls had to foul and we traded points a couple of times. Their best player hit two more to put them up three and we came down and got the ball inside to Kerrigan and she scored. We fouled and they missed two free throws. Our girls advanced the ball down the floor quickly and found Carson going to the hoop and she converted a right-hand layup to put us up with 6.1 left. We survived a shot at the buzzer hitting the rim to eke out a one point win. This was a great way for the girls to come back from break and also to break in the new gym improvements. "
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A main focus in this game was on us and how we came out. Last week we had the same amount of time off, nothing on Sunday and I felt that we did not do our best against Camdnenton. In this game we were better focused and played to our level from the outset. It was a good game for us to see a 1-3-1 and Iberia did make things difficult on us in the half court at times. Our pressure did wear on them and with several extra possessions we were able to establish a large lead. I felt that after we had seen it for awhile the girls did an excellent job of recognizing where to attack the zone. I was very pleased with Karli leading us in rebounding and the balance that we got scoring is what we are looking for. This was our last game before a long time off for break and I was glad that everyone got quite a bit of time. Hopefully, we can use the time off to rest up, because January will have a lot of games against high quality opponents.
This was a game that we hadn’t had on our schedule in a few years and it was good to get it back. St. Elizabeth is a small school that always puts a strong product on the floor. I thought the ladies did a nice job of coming out ready to go; better than we had against Camdenton on Monday night. We hit three 3’s in the first quarter (2 by Sara, 1 by Carson) and that helped limit the size factor of their 2-3 zone. Payton was on fire as she scored six in the first frame and we jumped out to nine point lead. Our press was bothering them, but in the second, their defense stepped up and we couldn’t get shots to fall. We couldn’t press and they played better than us in a half court game. Sara hit a three with just a few seconds left to give a three point advantage in the quarter. The third quarter was decisive as our press wore them down and the girls scored many baskets in transition. Kerrigan, Carson, Payton, and Zoie all scored that way and we upped the lead by 12. The fourth quarter was a competitive one and I was pleased to see all of our players get valuable minutes as we move forward into the Christmas break. Scoring leaders-Sara Wolf 17, Kerrigan Gamm 11, Payton Good 10, Carson Wood 9, Zoie Turner 4, Liberty Gamm 4, Sydney Riley 2, Karli Kempf 1. Rebounding-Kerrigan 4, Zoie 4. Assists-Carson 5, Kerrigan 4, Sara 2. Steals-Sara 7, Payton 4, Carson 4, Zoie 3. Osage is 6-2 and plays next on 12/17 at Iberia at 6:00. Varsity plays first, followed by two quarters of JV.
Osage took on the Richland Bears Friday 12/7/18, For the 4 time in 6 games we held a first quarter lead. We started hot and scored 25 first quarter points. Again we faced foul trouble early on and had 3 starters take the bench with 2 fouls each, and once again our bench stepped up and provided us with huge minutes. Richland did a great job of staying within reach, they have a really good player in Ethan Farge. Andrew Bryant did an outstanding job defending him all night. Traygen Whittle recorded a double double and showed tremendous leadership on the court. All of our seniors stepped up and showed leadership that we have needed I couldn’t be more proud of them. Richland would not take their first lead of the game until about 1:30 left, we answered with a 3 from Parker Jett, and with the game tied Dalton Depee scored a lay up with 3.7 seconds left to seal the win for us. Again this group of guys showed a lot of fight tonight and as I said before I could not be more proud of them! The victory was great for our program but I truly believe we made huge strides in finding our identity as a team.
Scoring- Dalton Depee 14, Logan havner 2, Andrew Bryant 2,Drew Edwards 4, Traygen Whittle 17(career high), Parker Jett 14, Garrett Sutherland 4,
Rebounding-Depee 6, Havner 2, Sutherland 3, Jett 2, Rassenfoss 7, Bryant 3, Edwards 2, Whittle 11. (7 OREB)
Assists-Depee 6, Bryant 2, Rassenfoss 3
Steals-Depee 2, Whittle 2,
Blocks- Depee 1, Sutherland 2
Osage is 1-5 and face Camdenton at Camdenton Friday 12/14/18 for the Battle of the Lake
Congratulations to these students who brought home awards from the Fair Grove speech and drama competition!
Keely Wersching and Emma Glenndenning placed 4th in Improvisational Duet Acting
Those girls also placed 5th and 7th place respectively in Poetry Reading
Shelby Sims placed 3rd in Humorous Interpretation
Emelia Miller came home with a 1st place trophy for Storytelling!
Congratulations to the November Good Citizens!
Nathaniel Johannes, Josiah Cunningham, Casslyn Crawford, Aubrey Adrian, Me'lah Watts, Bentley Booth, Samantha Moyer and Brooks Rozier
Mario Ambrocio, Adrian Showers, Chase Heisserer, Zoe Hoscheit, Damian Marks, Tyson McKay and Parker See
Emery Beeler, Emily Ottens, Lydia Stombaugh, Janessa Hall, Sage Fritchie, Harmonie Williams, and Adalyne ingram
Osage took on Iberia Tuesday night. We had another hot start and shot out to a 12-3 lead. We had three starters have to sit due to foul trouble early on. Iberia did a good job of taking advantage of opportunities and Osage trailed by 8 at half. Iberia went on a big run and Osage trailed by 21 at one point. We did a good job of fighting back in the game and cut the lead to 4 but that’s as close as we would get. Losing by 75-64. The boys showed a lot of heart and fighting spirit getting back into the game.
Scoring- Dalton Depee 12, Logan Havner 6, Andrew Bryant 6, Drew Edwards 4, Trey Rassenfoss 14, James Hutchcraft 2, Parker Jett 7, Garrett Sutherland 13
Rebounding- Depee 6, Havner 4, Sutherland 8, Jett 4, Rassenfoss 6, Bryant 4, Edwards 3
Assists- Depee 3, Bryant 2, Jett 3, Long 2
Steals- Depee 2
Noah Stephens has been selected as the 6th grade Student of the Month for October. His work ethic and and behavior make him stand out as an exemplary student. He is organized, prepared, and responsible. Along with his attention to his studies, he has a delightful attitude. His teachers and peers are drawn to this positivity. Noah is also involved with extracurriculars as well. He was a key player in the Osage Football League helping his team secure the 2018 championship.
Macey Kessler has been select as the 6th grade Student of the Month for October. Macey is a positive role model who is respectful, kind, responsible, and diligent with her studies. Her pleasant personality makes her a joy to be around. Macey is self-motivated and works hard both in and out of school. She is an active member with the OMS Builders Club (a service organization) and involved in a traveling competitive Cheer team.
Jackson Wyrick is a great student to have in class. He is a very hardworking young man. He does an excellent job of helping others around him when they struggle. He is also always helping others in the hallway. Jackson has been going above and beyond this last month. It is for these reasons that we have chosen Jackson as our 7th Grade October’s Student of the Month.
Aubrie Gonnella is a very hard worker in the classroom. She is one that is very hard to catch her not doing her work. She is always willing to help others around her. Aubrie is one of the most honest and genuine people in her grade and is a blast to be around. It is for these reasons that we have chosen Aubrie as our 7th Grade October’s Student of the Month.
Caden Wyrick shows excellent leadership skills and demonstrates great character qualities. He is always willing to lend a hand and ready to help. He gets along with other students showing his ability to cooperate in any situation he is in. He always carries himself in a positive manner and is never too busy to say hello. Caden is an awesome student and an awesome kid. These characteristics have landed him the spotlight of Student of the Month.
Cana Stark has been nominated as the 8th grade’s October Student of the Month. Cana is a hard worker who uses her class time productively to complete her assignments. She also is continuously seen trying to help others in the classroom to understand the material. She is kind and polite to teachers and students.
This was a rematch of the championship game of the conference tournament from last year. It turned out to be quite a game. Just like last year, California jumped out to an early lead, hitting a 3 on their possession and getting up by 7 quickly. Also just like last year the girls responded with a run of their own to tie it at 10. Kerrigan picked up two early fouls and had to sit and our bench of Karli Kempf and Zoie Turner really stepped up and helped keep us in it. Offensively, Carson was our do everything person in the first quarter scoring 7 points. In the second, I think we got a bit worn down and they forced us into some tired mistakes on defense. On offense we were carried by Sara hitting 3 threes in the quarter. We had gotten down by as many as 12, but cut it 8 by halftime. In the third quarter our girls did a very good job with the press and forced some turnovers by California. Sara scored nine more points and all five starters scored in the quarter as we managed to take a one point lead into the fourth. We only made one field goal in the fourth, but managed to still hold on for the victory. I thought that a huge key for us was Payton on the glass, she got some big boards down the stretch for us. Sara hitting 5 3’s was big as well. We need to continue to improve our free throw shooting percentage and we will get better at finishing games, but this was a great win over a high quality opponent. The girls are headed to their fourth straight conference championship game.
Scoring leaders-Sara Wolf 20, Payton Good 11, Carson Wood 11, Kerrigan Gamm 8, Liberty Gamm 8.
Rebounding-Payton 9, Carson 6, Sara 6.
Assists-Carson 5, Sara 2.
Steals-Carson 4, Kerrigan 3, Sara 2.
Osage is 2-1 and faces Blair Oaks on 12/1 at 6:30 in the championship game of the Conference Tournament.
We came out and had a nice run to begin the game, and then California did a good job of turning up the pressure and taking us out of our game and rhythm. They scored 56 points in the second and third quarters combined, compared to our 20.
Scoring-Dalton Depee 11, Logan Havner 8, Andrew Bryant 2, Garrett Sutherland 4, Dylan Long 4, Drew Edwards 3, Trey Rassenfoss 7, Ryan Moore 1, James Hutchcraft 2.
Osage is 0-3 and faces Eldon in the 7th place game of the Tri County tournament on 11/30/18 at 6:00
“Our goal in any tournament that we play in is to keep advancing to the right. We had to play the host team in the first round of the conference tourney and we weren’t too sure how it would go. Trying to limit turnovers compared to our first game was a goal and we accomplished that. Our first quarter was a really good one offensively as six of our seven players scored. In the second quarter I thought that the ladies really upped their defensive intensity. We forced many turnovers and got lots of transition baskets and that is who we want to be. Sara had 7, Kerrigan 6 and Carson 5 in the quarter. We had built up a nice lead by halftime and I wanted to see how we would react to that. The girls stayed focused and extended the lead even more. I was pleased with our shooting all night led by Sara’s 4 3’s and us shooting 67% as a team. We will need to shore up our FT shooting more, but we are doing a very good job of getting to the line (48 times in 2 games). We will have to be our best against California, but I felt that we got better this game.” ~ Scott Rowland, head coach of the School of the Osage High School Girls Basketball team.
“Starting a new season with Fatima is always a challenge. Of course, I am hopeful that they say the same thing about us. We knew going in that we would be facing a great deal of pressure and that they would shoot several three’s. Last year in this game the two teams combined for 68 turnovers and 129 points. On the way to the bus we found out we would be missing Zoie Turner due to an injury, which would not help our depth. We were very surprised to have the first half play out as it did. We had some first game jitters and turned the ball over and missed some shots that I think we’ll hit later in the season. It was back and forth throughout the game with Fatima hitting a three at the buzzer to take the lead. After halftime we had our best stretch of the game led by Payton, Carson and Kerrigan and took a 5-point lead. Regrettably, they answered with a run to take a lead they would never relinquish. The girls turned up the pressure in the fourth and we were shooting a 1 and 1 to cut the lead to five with 2:00 left. We ended up turning it over 25 times and in a game with this low scoring that was a deciding factor. We did a good job of getting to the line, but only hit at a 56% rate which I am confident that will improve. The girls next game is the 4-5 matchup against Southern Boone at the conference tourney in Ashland.” ~ Scott Rowland, head coach of the School of the Osage High School Basketball Team.