Thursday, April 24, 2014

OHS girls power past Park Hill

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/22/2014

BASEHOR — The plan was simple in the second half. The Ottawa High School girls basketball team was going inside Tuesday in the first round of the Bobcat Invitational in Basehor.

The Cyclones were up 18-17 at halftime against Park Hill. Ottawa gave the ball to Brette Moore, who drained 17 of her 19 points in the second half to propel the Cyclones to a 44-35 victory.

BASEHOR — The plan was simple in the second half. The Ottawa High School girls basketball team was going inside Tuesday in the first round of the Bobcat Invitational in Basehor.

The Cyclones were up 18-17 at halftime against Park Hill. Ottawa gave the ball to Brette Moore, who drained 17 of her 19 points in the second half to propel the Cyclones to a 44-35 victory.

Ottawa (5-3) plays 3 p.m. today against state power Hayden in the semifinals. The Wildcats dismantled Platte County, 67-32.

“We really got the ball to Brette in the second half,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “We talked about that at halftime. Get the ball inside because she is 6-foot-1 and is a post that can take the ball to the hole.

“If they double team her, we will pull it back. Pretty impressive we did that the second half.”

Ottawa made eight of 11 free throws in the final couple of minutes to pull away. The Cyclones led 36-32 with three minutes remaining when they went to a motion offense.

“We should have done it a little earlier,” Fischer said. “We took a couple of good shots, but we did not need them. We made our free throws down the stretch.

“We stayed calm, cool and collected. We reversed the ball until we get free throws or layups. That is not a delay game.”

Moore scored 11 straight points to give Ottawa a 29-17 lead with 2:35 left in the third quarter. Park Hill’s Katie Reichert hit two treys and a two-point bucket in a quick 8-0 spurt to pull the Trojans within 29-25 with 1:25 left in the third.

“I knew she was a shooter,” Fischer said. “They have four or five good shooters. We have to guard them. We did not guard her.”

Ottawa handled the Park Hill press.

“We got three layups,” Fischer said. “All were to Brette. Angel [Natt] took some shots. It was a team effort. That is what we talk about.

“If we can stay calm, we can play with anybody.”

Ottawa played with a purpose and answered the bell.

“Playing three in the afternoon is tough,” Fischer said. “That is a great win for us. They are athletic. They are physical. We are not used to playing physical.

“I am really glad we kept in control of the game. People are always going to come back.”

Junior Kylie Foster made a big impact on the game even though she went scoreless.

“She rebounded the ball,” Fischer said. “She was on help defense. She stayed calm in the backcourt handling the ball a little bit. This was her game. That is what we have to have. She had a heck of a game. That makes us better.”

Corie Fischer finished with 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Park Hill (35) — Gibbs 2, Crowl 2, Alexander 5, Magee 13, Reichert 13.

Ottawa (44) — Moore 19, Natt 9, Fischer 11, Davidson 3, Ferguson 2.

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