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OHS girls claim victory in Fischer's debut

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/7/2013

The Ottawa High School girls found themselves down 28-15 early in the third quarter. Not much was going right at that moment.

The switch turned on. Ottawa put together a 12-0 run and took the momentum away completely from St. James Friday in Ottawa.

The Ottawa High School girls found themselves down 28-15 early in the third quarter. Not much was going right at that moment.

The switch turned on. Ottawa put together a 12-0 run and took the momentum away completely from St. James Friday in Ottawa.

The Cyclones banded together for a 42-37 victory to start the Kelli Fischer era.

“It was one basket at a time, one rebound at a time,” Fischer, the team’s new head coach, said. “You have to take care of the ball. We had some big buckets. We starting making some layups and free throws.”

The Cyclones stayed in the game mentally.

“We have to be mentally tough,” Fischer said. “We gotta play tough, play smart and play hard. If we do those three things we can accomplish anything.”

Junior Corie Fischer hit big baskets in the second half. She scored 11 of her 17 points in the second half.

“She played great in the second half,” Fischer said of her daughter. “Corie and Kylie Foster — those two turned it on.”

Freshman Angel Natt finished with eight points.

“She is still learning,” Fischer said. “She had some key buckets too. Everybody on this team has a role. This gave us a lot of confidence. We did not know where we would be with this new system.”

Ottawa missed a ton of free throws in the first half as St. James led 24-15 at halftime.

“That is something we will work on in practice,” Fischer said. “The things we do bad blow up in our face. The things we do right work correctly.”

Ottawa (1-0) plays Friday at Tonganoxie.

St. James (37) — Dwyer 4, Kerner 4, Webb 2, Webb 2, Burke 3, J. Smith 9, H. Smith 5, Staley 3, Holthaus 7.

Ottawa (42) — Moore 9, Foster 6, Natt 8, Fischer 17, Davidson 2.

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