With a strong defensive effort and depth necessitated by a variety of injuries and health issues affecting their lineup, the Owatonna High School boys basketball team gutted out another win Friday night. The Huskies (6-1) topped Red Wing 61-55 for their fifth straight win.

Brayden Williams led OHS with 22 points. Blake Burmeister scored 15. Regular starters Payton Beyer, Nolan Burmeister and Evan Dushek all came in off the bench. Huskies coach Josh Williams credited the Wingers' defense for limiting the number of possessions in the game.

Williams spoke on the AM 1390 KRFO Coaches Show Saturday morning about the team being "tested with our depth...different guys starting different games...super proud" of how the team has adapted.

He also cited the defensive effort in Monday's 69-43 victory over Faribault, "All 36 minutes were really, really solid." Blake Burmeister was the primary defender on the Falcons' John Palmer, who had scored 38 against Northfield, holding him to three field goals on the night.

The Huskies play at Austin (5-2) Monday at 7:30 pm with coverage on AM 1390 and 94.7FM. Austin has lost a couple of games, but beat Mankato West, who handed the Huskies their only loss. Williams said with Austin, "They do what they do and they do it very well."

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Scoreboard, Friday, February 5
Boys basketball
Owatonna 61, Red Wing 55
Blooming Prairie 58, Medford 48
Kenyon Wanamingo 79, Triton 70
Mankato East 68, Austin 55
Maple River 74, Hayfield 49
NRHEG 59, Faribault BA 53
Rochester Century 64, Faribault 61
Rochester Mayo 75, JM 55
Waseca 72, Blue Earth Area 47
Winona 72, Northfield 62

Girls basketball
Red WIng 63, Owatonna 38
NRHEG 56, Faribault BA 53
Hayfield 59, Maple River 40
Kasson-Mantorville 71, Pine Island 30
Mankato East 59, Austin 57
Mankato West 67, Albert Lea 50
Northfield 65, Winona 29
Rochester Century 60, Faribault 24
Rochester Mayo 53, John Marshall 47
Triton 47, Kenyon-Wanamingo 41
WEM 58, USC 38

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