Samantha Oase is a repeater.A year from now, she may be a three-peater.
The Scranton junior recently made the girls all-state Class B basketball for the second straight year.
The Hettinger-Scranton post player shared the first team with seniors Callie Ronningen (Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich) and Kaity Hove (Trenton), along with fellow junior Mackenzie Hughes (Thompson). Kindred’s Abby Duchscherer was the only sophomore on the five-player squad.
“For the second season in a row, she made the first team all-state,” her coach, Kelly Pierce, said.
“She averaged 17.5 points per game, 11.6 rebounds. She had a strong season, averaging 2.6 blocks per game, 2.3 steals and 1.7 assists.”
In addition, Oase averaged 54.1 percent in field goal percentage and hit 63.4 percent from the free throw line.
With still one season left, Oase has drawn attention from several colleges already, both in-state and out-of-state, her coach said. “She has had several colleges that have contacted her and she’s still trying to decide what she wants to do and where she’d like to play.
“Playing at the collegiate level is something that interests her.”
One thing that the current pandemic may impact is summer plans for developmental basketball camps for Oase and other players to participate in, according to her coach. “Samantha and my daughter both play for North Dakota Attack AAU in the summer. That is kind of put on hold as well. Hopefully, we can get some of that played this summer.”
When it comes to her chances for college basketball, it would help her development if she could play over the summer, the coach explained. “It would be a big summer for her if she could play and do some of the AAU. I think that she could get a little more exposure from schools in the Midwest if that (summer) season could take place.”
Oase has progressed from when she started, the coach said. “She has always been long and athletic. Probably the area that she has improved the most is her strength training – being in the weight room and getting stronger physically.
“It is something that she has done really well with, but we still need to work on,” Kelly added.
While Oase has always played in the post, Kelly said that she may have to look more outside for a position in college. “She has been taller than a lot of the opponents that she has played against. Probably, the area that she has improved the most is her ball handling and being able to step away from the basket a little bit and extending her range.”
Oase’ strength training and ability to create away from the basket are pretty important, the coach said.
The coach also said that they are trying to develop her shooting skills away from the basket. “She has been working hard on that. We saw some of that as the season went on this year, but it is something in the off-season we will try to develop some more,” he added, noting that Oase has also been working on a jump hook shot.
In her final season, Kelly said he hopes that she will be able to develop more perimeter skills. “I project her at the college level playing more of a 3 or a 4 position. So she has to work on her ball handling, passing and continue to work on her perimeter jump shot. As well as her strength training,” the coach added.
“She is going to have to be able to stretch the floor and play a little bit more on the perimeter at that level,” Pierce explained.
Oase spent most of her season on the floor, the coach said. “She averaged about 28 minutes per game.”
The coach notes that he’s lucky to have one more year of Oase in the post. “We have several younger players that can be good basketball players in the future, but none that are showing her (Oase’s) exact skill set at this time.”
Class B Girls Basketball
All-State First Team:
• Abby Duchscherer, Soph., Kindred
• Kaity Hove, Sr., Trenton
• Mackenzie Hughes, Jr., Thompson
• Sam Oase, Jr., Hettinger-Scranton
• Callie Ronningen, Sr., Langdon Area/Edmore/Munich
Class B Girls Basketball
All-State Second Team:
• Coral Alt, Sr., Flasher
• Isabelle Boyer, Jr., Grant County
• Leah Feland, Sr., Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood
• Ellie Holen, Sr., LaMoure-Litchville/Marion
• Terryn Johnson, Soph., Kindred
• Abbey Kubas, Jr., Dickinson Trinity
• Megan Roob, Sophomore, Richland
• Madelyn Schmidt, Jr., Kidder County
• Daysha Serdahl, Sr., Mandaree
• Carlee Sieben, Jr., Grafton
• Taysha Snyder, Sr., Underwood