Thursday, December 18, 2014

OHS girls use fresh legs to run by Spring Hill

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/6/2014

Fresh legs and fresh minds can do wonders. The Ottawa High School girls basketball team had a week’s rest after its marathon of games.

The Cyclones snapped a four-game skid Monday with a 53-40 win over Spring Hill in Ottawa. The game was moved from Tuesday to Monday because of the snow storm.

Fresh legs and fresh minds can do wonders. The Ottawa High School girls basketball team had a week’s rest after its marathon of games.

The Cyclones snapped a four-game skid Monday with a 53-40 win over Spring Hill in Ottawa. The game was moved from Tuesday to Monday because of the snow storm.

“It was a good game,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “The enthusiasm was there. The excitement was there. We played with a lot of energy.”

Ottawa built an 18-point lead late in the third quarter at 45-27. Ottawa got a little sloppy in the fourth quarter.

“At the end of the fourth quarter, we had a little lag there,” Fischer said. “We let them get a couple of turnovers and layups. We are not very mentally tough.”

Ottawa controlled the game from the start. Spring Hill was in foul trouble early with post Shelby Baker picking up her third foul early in the first half.

It left a void that Ottawa took advantage of. Junior post Brette Moore was aggressively taking the ball to the hole. She finished with a career-best 22 points.

“We knew we had to get Brette the ball,” Fischer said. “She really came through for us.”

Angel Natt tossed in 12 points as she also drove the ball hard to the basket.

“She attacked the basket,” Fischer said. She was making some free throws. We did not shoot free throws very well.”

Ottawa hit 15 of 25 from the charity stripe and was 6 of 9 in the fourth quarter. Fischer wanted more opportunities in the final quarter when Spring Hill was going to foul.

“We want the ball in Corie, Brette and Angel’s hands to shoot free throws,” Fischer said.

The coach saw a lot of good things. Ottawa kept Baker in check and owned the boards.

“We did rebound the ball well,” Fischer said. “Shelby Baker is a good post player. She only got four points. This is the time of year where some teams level out, some teams get worse and some teams get better.

“We have to keep growing. We have to keep working. Some are staying after practice,” he said.

Fischer knows the road does not get easier with games looming against De Soto, Louisburg, Baldwin and Paola along with a sub-state date with either top-ranked Wamego or Hayden.

“We are in an uphill battle,” Fischer said. “We have to keep getting better every day.”

Ottawa (6-7) plays Tuesday at De Soto.

Spring Hill (40) — Mikesell 2, Van Zant 7, Baker 4, Cluck 13, Smith 9, Duncan 1, Davids 2, Jones 2.

Ottawa (53) — Moore 22, Foster 2, Natt 12, Fischer 11, Davidson 2, Ferguson 2.

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