Thursday, October 23, 2014

Louisburg's stall stymies Ottawa

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/8/2014

LOUISBURG — Louisburg decided to spread Ottawa out with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Ottawa High School girls were not sure how to handle the situation. The Cyclones varsity inexperience showed.

LOUISBURG — Louisburg decided to spread Ottawa out with less than three minutes left in the game.

The Ottawa High School girls were not sure how to handle the situation. The Cyclones varsity inexperience showed.

Louisburg, which led 44-39, ran time before Ottawa recognized it needed to foul. The Wildcats drained eight of 10 free throws in the final two minutes to pull away from the Cyclones, who fell 52-39.

“We were still in the game at 2:45,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “They go to into a stall game. We had people fouling that should not be fouling. They make their free throws. When they go into a stall game we have to figure it out. That will come with maturity.”

Ottawa gave a deeper Louisburg team all it wanted.

“They have four or five girls that can shoot the three,” Fischer said. “That makes a big difference. They were running five at us at a time. We are not in game shape. They tried to take us out of our game. That tells me we can play with anybody.”

The first half saw Ottawa battle back from Louisburg’s runs. Ottawa scored the final six points of the half for a 27-26 lead.

Ottawa did not answer as well in the second half. Louisburg scored eight points in the first two minutes of the third quarter to take a 34-27 lead.

Ottawa climbed within 36-31.

“We fought back into it,” Fischer said. “We were right there.”

Louisburg put a lot of defensive emphasis on junior point guard Corie Fischer in the second half and held her scoreless.

“They will try to take Corie and Brette [Moore] out of the game,” Fischer said. “We did not get Brette enough touches. The rest of us have to step up. Angel [Natt] did tonight. That kid came to play. Without her, we would not have been in the game.”

Moore led Ottawa with 12 points. Natt had 11 and Fischer, 10.

“We have to keep building,” Fischer said.

Ottawa (3-1, 1-1) plays Friday at home against state-ranked Paola.

Louisburg (52) — O’Keefe 8, DeShazer 2, Dvorak 7, Moore 13, Geiman 14, Dunn 1, Lowry 5, Hopkins 2.

Ottawa (39) — Moore 12, Foster 2, Natt 11, Fischer 10, Hadl 2, Ferguson 2.

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