Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Cyclone girls play inconsistent

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 2/26/2014

EUDORA — Coaches a lot of times look at the big picture. Ottawa High School girls basketball coach Kelli Fischer wasn’t all pleased with the level of play and intensity in Tuesday’s 45-25 win over Eudora in Eudora.

“I can’t help feel we can be better,” Fischer said. “We are starting to turn the ball over. We can’t turn the ball over [against other teams]. We did a lot of good things, but we did so many things bad.

EUDORA — Coaches a lot of times look at the big picture. Ottawa High School girls basketball coach Kelli Fischer wasn’t all pleased with the level of play and intensity in Tuesday’s 45-25 win over Eudora in Eudora.

“I can’t help feel we can be better,” Fischer said. “We are starting to turn the ball over. We can’t turn the ball over [against other teams]. We did a lot of good things, but we did so many things bad.

“I am happy we won, but my expectation is higher. If I don’t keep that expectation high, are we going to get better? No.”

Ottawa played well in spurts, but was inconsistent. Fischer knows that can’t happen in the regular season finale or in the postseason.

Ottawa (10-9, 6-5) plays Friday at Spring Hill and against top-ranked and defending state champion Wamego (20-0) next Thursday at Baldwin in the first round of sub-state.

“We have one more regular season game and then it is sub-state,” Fischer said. “It is do or die. We don’t have a pattycack sub-state. It is nothing but Division I players with Wamego and college level players on the rest of the teams.”

Ottawa held Eudora scoreless in the second quarter to open a 23-7 halftime lead.

“That was phenomenal,” Fischer said. “We got stop after stop after stop. That was a great quarter.”

The second half saw Ottawa foul a lot and send the Cardinals to the free-throw line. They scored half their points from the line in the second half.

“Then we come out [in the third] and put them on the free-throw line,” Fischer said.

Ottawa did have six players score. Fischer liked the play of Kylie Foster.

Corie Fischer paced the Cyclones with 20 points. Brette Moore finished with 10 points.

Eudora (25) — C. Richeson 7, A. Richeson 9, Garcia 4, T. Balluch 5.

Ottawa (45) — Moore 10, Foster 5, Natt 6, Fischer 20, Hadl 2, Pfizenmaier 2.

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