Friday, October 31, 2014

OHS girls push through grind

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/29/2014

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team pushed through the mental and physical grind of playing its fifth game in seven days Tuesday at Topeka Hayden.

Ottawa gave the state-ranked Wildcats a scare. The Cyclones were within a point late in the third quarter, but Hayden’s depth proved to be too much. Hayden knocked off the Cyclones, 60-42.

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team pushed through the mental and physical grind of playing its fifth game in seven days Tuesday at Topeka Hayden.

Ottawa gave the state-ranked Wildcats a scare. The Cyclones were within a point late in the third quarter, but Hayden’s depth proved to be too much. Hayden knocked off the Cyclones, 60-42.

Ottawa (5-7) was coming off a rough 46-41 loss Monday to Metro Academy in Ottawa.

Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer was not sure what to think of her squad after Monday’s loss.

“We had a heart-to-heart with them,” she said. “Let’s just compete and show what we are made of. They competed. We had that one minute at the end of the third quarter that blew us out of the water. To play the fifth game in seven days with the intensity they did, the gumption, attacking the basket and the rebounding, I am very happy about that. I was worried about that [after Monday].”

Ottawa traded baskets with Hayden through three quarters, but ran out of steam in the fourth quarter.

“We can score and rebound with best of them,” Fischer said. “If we play like this, we will win games. It has been a long hard week.”

Ottawa hit the wall Monday night.

“We did not play very hard,” Fischer said. “Our defense quit. Part of that is being mentally and physically tired. We have to figure a way out of that.

“I knew this would be a building year. It is not going to get any easier. We don’t play easy teams.”

Ottawa came out ready for the Wildcats, who beat the Cyclones by 21 points Thursday in the Bobcat Invitational in Basehor. The Cyclones led 14-12 in the first quarter.

An 8-0 run gave Hayden a 20-14 lead. Ottawa rallied back within 20-19 and tied it at 30-30 right before halftime. Ottawa took a 36-34 lead in the third quarter. Hayden outscored Ottawa 11-2 the rest of the quarter.

“We are growing,” Fischer said. “We are building confidence. I tell them we will be there everyday coaching them. They need to be there everyday at practice learning. We are building a new program.”

Corie Fischer tossed in 21 points to lead the Cyclones. Brette Moore had 14 points.

Ottawa’s offense never really got going in the loss to Metro.

“We have some people beating themselves up on their shooting,” Fischer said. “We have to take care of it on the defensive end. Our defense is floundering. When that happens, we take ourselves out of the game.”

Moore led Ottawa with 19 points and Fischer had 11 points and 10 rebounds.

Hayden (60) — Lohse 20, Schmidt 3, Beck 12, Lenherr 11, Lawlor 2, Kinman 6, Martinek 4.

Ottawa (42) — Moore 14, Natt 5, Fischer 21, Ferguson 2.

Metro (46) — Spani 2, Davis 18, Ream 6, Palmer 15, Walden 2, Schlesener 3.

Ottawa (41) — Moore 19. Natt 7, Fischer 11, Davidson 2.

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