Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OHS girls get aggressive in loss to Wamego

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 3/7/2014

BALDWIN CITY — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team let it all hang out Thursday against the No. 1-ranked team in the state.

The Cyclones did not make it easy for Wamego in the first round of sub-state in Baldwin. Ottawa’s offense could not stay up with the Red Raiders in the second half.

BALDWIN CITY — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team let it all hang out Thursday against the No. 1-ranked team in the state.

The Cyclones did not make it easy for Wamego in the first round of sub-state in Baldwin. Ottawa’s offense could not stay up with the Red Raiders in the second half.

Ottawa ended up falling 49-26 after scoring just nine points in the second half.

“Our defense was pretty good,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “They are a talented team. We fought. We competed hard. We played a great game with the tools we have. If we would have played like this against some of the other teams, we would have won 17 games.”

Wamego showed it was more than a two-player team. The Page sisters scored just 27 points between them.

“It took all of them to beat us,” Fischer said. “The big two did not kill us. They got their points.”

Ottawa’s offense hit a brick wall in the second half. Ottawa was within 24-17 at halftime. The Cyclones were outscored 25-9 in the second half.

“We showed a lot of growth,” Fischer said. “We were in this game. Wamego was upset at halftime. When they shut Corie down, our offense kind of tanked. They had hands on balls. We started standing still. We got tired.”

Ottawa played more aggressive in this game.

“The most aggressive I have seen us play in a long time,” Fischer said. “Lauren [Davidson] stepped up and played a big game. She hit a couple of shots in the first quarter. Maddie [Lancaster] hit a shot. Kylie Foster had two charges and she battled. We have to get it in the basket.”

One thing Ottawa (10-11) can take from Wamego is how hard the Red Raiders went to the basket.

“We fouled more than I would have liked because they attacked the basket,” Fischer said. “That is one thing we did not do. That is something we can work on in the summer.”

Fischer turned her thoughts to how this team played this season and the future.

“They fought the whole season,” she said. “We have four starters back and can build from there. These kids love the game.”

Corie Fischer led Ottawa with 14 points.

Wamego (49) — K. Page 17, L. Page 10, Claussen 6, Seufert 6, Vontz 4, Griffitt 4, Taggart 2.

Ottawa (26) — Moore 4, Lancaster 2, Foster 2, Fischer 14, Davidson 4.

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