Thursday, March 05, 2020

Ogilvie Lions

In the 2018-2019 season, the Ogilvie Lions girls' basketball team finished 12-14 and went 1-1 in the sub-section playoffs. They were bounced in the semifinals by Swanville by a 62-27 score.

Last year's 12-14 Ogilvie team ran their offense through 1,000-point scorer and senior Maizy Burk, a 2019 graduate.

The 2017-2018 Ogilvie team finished 11-17 overall and had their season end in the sub-section quarterfinals. Ogilvie had a play-in round game, so their playoff record was also 1-1. That year, East Central was their quarterfinal opponent, and the Eagles won 78-47. East Central won their semifinal game before losing in the sub-section championship 54-42 to B-B-E.

The 2016-2017 Ogilvie team finished 6-20, and they went 1-1 in the sub-section playoffs with a quarterfinal-round 55-26 loss to our B-B-E Jaguars. That was the first season for current head coach Jonathan Nelson. Fun fact: Coach Nelson began coaching at Ogilvie way back in 2001. He was an assistant coach for Ogilvie from 2001 to 2016. Coach Nelson previously coached in Iowa, and he took one of his Iowa girls' basketball team to the state tournament.

A glance at the 2019-2020 Ogilvie team
Ogilvie is 17-10 overall, and they went 8-6 (three-way tie for third) in the Great River Conference. Their top players are Maddie Chidester, Ella Heins, Ailee Fratzke, Grace Heins and Annika Berg. Grace Heins is a newcomer to the varsity level and recently scored 29 points in a 78-65 loss to Aitkin in the last regular season game. Chidester, Fratzke and Berg are the most experienced players on the team.

Ogilvie faces our B-B-E Jaguars girls' basketball team at 7 p.m. tomorrow night at Little Falls high school for a trip to the state tournament. The game will be aired on The Train and Smooth Magic radio.