Thursday, November 27, 2014

OHS girls win in overtime

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/22/2014

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is putting pressure on Baldwin for the third seed in the sub-state tournament.

The Cyclones closed within a game of the Bulldogs Friday with a 45-39 overtime victory in Ottawa. The Cyclones improved to 9-9, while the Bulldogs fell to 10-8.

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is putting pressure on Baldwin for the third seed in the sub-state tournament.

The Cyclones closed within a game of the Bulldogs Friday with a 45-39 overtime victory in Ottawa. The Cyclones improved to 9-9, while the Bulldogs fell to 10-8.

“Everyone earned this win,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “We are starting to really come together.”

Fischer predicted Ottawa would find its game late in the season and be a dangerous team.

“We wanted to be good in February,” Fischer said.

Ottawa controlled the overtime period with Angel Natt scoring eight of her 14 points in the four-minute extra session.

“Angel was clutch in overtime,” Fischer said.

Ottawa had a chance to win it in regulation as Corie Fischer was fouled as time ran out, but she missed both free throws in a tied game.

Ottawa started the four seniors along with Fischer. All four seniors made their mark on the game.

“The Pfizenmaiers got to play together,” Fischer said. “When sisters get to play together it is special. It is senior night, and we are coming alive. What a great game.”

The game was close from start to finish. Baldwin led 21-20 at halftime. Ottawa rallied from a 28-20 deficit to take a 36-35 lead with three minutes left in regulation.

“We did not play real well in the first half,” Fischer said. “We came back and finish the game strong. They fought.”

Fischer led Ottawa with 16 points. Brette Moore finished with 11.

Ottawa plays Tuesday at Eudora.

Baldwin (39) — Jones 16, Ogle 8, Stein 5, Valentine 2, Cope 6, Neufeld 2.

Ottawa (45) — Moore 11, Foster 2, Natt 14, Fischer 16, Davidson 2.

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