Friday, October 24, 2014

OHS girls fall to Paola

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/10/2014

Ottawa High School junior Brette Moore made a statement Friday night with her performance.

Moore scored 18 points in Ottawa’s 40-31 loss to state-ranked Paola and held Paola’s 6-foot-4 post Tiana Moala to four points.

Ottawa High School junior Brette Moore made a statement Friday night with her performance.

Moore scored 18 points in Ottawa’s 40-31 loss to state-ranked Paola and held Paola’s 6-foot-4 post Tiana Moala to four points.

“She has taken a leadership role on this team,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “She is putting in time after practice. She works on post moves. We have to keep her going. Without Brette we would not be in the game.”

Ottawa had trouble offensively, except for Moore.

“I don’t care if we miss shots as long as they are great shots,” Fischer said. “If we don’t execute we are not going to get a [good] shot. Every time we executed, we got a great shot.”

Ottawa battled back from a 14-point hole. Paola led 37-23 with just under six minutes left in the game.

“We dug ourselves a hole,” Fischer said. “We played scared. I am always talking about intensity and enthusiasm. We have to be more consistent.”

Ottawa rallied within eight, but could not come any closer.

“We are right there in the mix,” Fischer said. “We were still in the game. We can play with anybody in this league.”

Ottawa is still trying to learn the game at the varsity level. Fischer said the girls are practicing well.

“We are not getting it transferred to the game,” she said.

Ottawa was hampered by freshman Angel Natt’s foul trouble. She missed most of the first half after picking up three fouls early. Then she picked up her fourth early in the third quarter.

“They shut Corie [Fischer] down,” Fischer said. “We have to find ways to get her open. Without Angel in the game, it is tough to get her open. Angel can move the ball.”

Fischer finished with seven points.

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