Wednesday, October 22, 2014

OHS girls fall in nailbiter to Wildcats

By The Herald Staff | 2/15/2014

Ottawa High School girls basketball coach Kelli Fischer predicted that the Cyclones would be tough to handle in February.

She was right.

Ottawa High School girls basketball coach Kelli Fischer predicted that the Cyclones would be tough to handle in February.

She was right.

Ottawa had won three straight games and Louisburg on the ropes Friday in Ottawa.

Louisburg sank two free throws with 3.4 seconds left to escape with a 48-47 win over Ottawa.

“We have made one heck of a jump from December to now,” Fischer said. “People are going to start to sweat when playing us. I am impressed with the way we are playing.”

Ottawa rallied from a 13-point halftime deficit to take a 44-42 lead with 1:38 remaining in the game.

“We told them at halftime, one basket at a time and hold them on defense,” Fischer said. “One rebound and a couple of free throws and it is our game. The way we responded was a plus.”

Ottawa held Louisburg to six points in the third quarter and was within 35-27 heading into the fourth quarter.

“That was another talented team,” Fischer said of the 13-3 Wildcats. “Those girls have played together since fifth grade. It was a nail-biter down to the end.”

There were five lead changes in the final 1:38 of the game. Corie Fischer, who had 23 points for Ottawa, gave the Cyclones a 45-44 lead with a free throw with 28 seconds left.

Louisburg hit two charities for a 46-45 lead. Brette Moore, who had 19 points, banked home a short jumper with 15 seconds left as Ottawa took a 47-46 lead.

Louisburg missed a shot but got an offensive rebound. Ottawa was whistled for a foul. Louisburg hit both free throws.

Ottawa had one last chance, but the shot missed.

Louisburg (48) — Moore 13, Dunn 2, DeShazer 4, Hopkins 5, Lowry 3, Sigg 2, O’Keefe 9, Dvorak 2, Geiman 8.

Ottawa (47) — Moore 19, Natt 5, Fischer 23.

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