Friday, July 25, 2014

Fischer: It is a win in our column

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/17/2014

The Ottawa High School girls needed a win in the worst way. The Cyclones had not won since Dec. 20 over De Soto.

Ottawa had lost three straight heading into Friday’s home game against Eudora. Ottawa shook off a slow start and dismantled the Cardinals, 45-18.

The Ottawa High School girls needed a win in the worst way. The Cyclones had not won since Dec. 20 over De Soto.

Ottawa had lost three straight heading into Friday’s home game against Eudora. Ottawa shook off a slow start and dismantled the Cardinals, 45-18.

“It is a good win for us,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “It was good to see more than three people score. That is what we have to do to beat the really good teams. Defensively, we held them to nine in the second half. It is a win in our column.”

Ottawa did not get off to a quick start. Ottawa led 6-4 after the first quarter.

“We came out kind of stale,” Fischer said. “Corie [Fischer] had a good first quarter and kept us going. Why are we playing at their level? We were not reversing the ball. We were not attacking the basket.”

Ottawa began to right the ship in the second quarter taking a 17-9 halftime lead. Ottawa then threw it in high gear in the second half.

Ottawa used a 20-3 spurt in the first nine minutes of the second half to blow open the game. Ottawa led 37-12 with seven minutes left in the game.

“The second half we stopped them,” Fischer said. “We forced them baseline.”

Senior McKenna Hadl was a bright spot. She scored six points and filled in well for Brette Moore, who was in foul trouble.

“McKenna came in and did a great job,” Fischer said. “She did her job. We talked about her getting only low post shots and offensive rebounds.

“I am asking a lot out of these kids.”

Corie Fischer led Ottawa with 17 points. Angel Natt finished with 11.

Ottawa (4-3, 2-3) plays 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Basehor-Linwood Tournament against Park Hill.

Eudora (18) — C. Richeson 6, A. Richeson 1, Garcia 2, T. Balluch 5, Lehmann 4.

Ottawa (45) — Moore 4, Foster 4, Natt 11, Fischer 17, Davidson 3, Hadl 6. 44

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