Friday, October 24, 2014

OHS girls sweep De Soto with win

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/12/2014

DE SOTO — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is a dangerous team. Ask any Frontier League school.

The Cyclones can hang with the best of the league and cause problems in the standings. Ottawa went 3-3 in the first half of the league schedule and started the second half on a strong note Tuesday in De Soto.

DE SOTO — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is a dangerous team. Ask any Frontier League school.

The Cyclones can hang with the best of the league and cause problems in the standings. Ottawa went 3-3 in the first half of the league schedule and started the second half on a strong note Tuesday in De Soto.

The Cyclones downed De Soto, 43-35, to sweep the season series with the Wildcats.

“We beat a very talented team,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “They have some great athletes. To beat them on their home floor is a great win for us. That is the first win on our next journey. The next tourney is going to be tough. Nothing is easy the rest of the way. Our goal is to keep getting better.”

Ottawa (8-7, 4-3) faces the top teams in the league with Louisburg at home Friday, followed by state-ranked Paola and Baldwin. Louisburg beat Paola this week.

Fischer said it is an advantage that Ottawa has Louisburg and Baldwin at home in the second round.

“Win or lose, as long as we play well, we will live with it,” Fischer said.

Ottawa played strong in the beginning and the end. Ottawa led 18-8 after the first quarter. Ottawa sank 13 free throws in the fourth quarter.

“We did a lot of things right,” Fischer said. “We came down and hit some free throws. The intensity in the first quarter was awesome. I told the girls ‘you have the opportunity to come in here and make a statement.’ The intensity level, enthusiasm and energy had to be there.”

Ottawa’s largest lead was 20-8 early in the second quarter. De Soto sliced the deficit to five and Ottawa led 23-15 at halftime.

“We had that letdown,” Fischer said. “We kept the lead.”

One of the reasons was the play of junior point guard Corie Fischer. She was a force all over the court. She clamped down on De Soto all-state junior Megan Bonar. She held her to 10 points after limiting her to eight in the first meeting.

Fischer controlled the ball and hit 11 free throws for a game-high 21 points.

“I told Corie the goal is to keep her under 10 points,” Fischer said. “Keep her off the boards. She did a great job.”

De Soto (35) — Bonar 10, Saucerman 2, Lancaster 6, Hobbs 2, Plake 5, Marshall 8, Jones 2.

Ottawa (43) — Moore 8, Lancaster 3, Natt 10, Fischer 21, Davidson 1.

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