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OHS girls keep things simple

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 12/18/2013

TOPEKA — Keeping things simple and executing appears to be a good game plan for the Ottawa High School girls basketball team.

The Cyclone girls played suffocating defense and executed the offense well in a 52-18 win Tuesday over Topeka West in Topeka.

TOPEKA — Keeping things simple and executing appears to be a good game plan for the Ottawa High School girls basketball team.

The Cyclone girls played suffocating defense and executed the offense well in a 52-18 win Tuesday over Topeka West in Topeka.

“We talked about executing ... staying smart, staying tough and playing together,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “We did all three of those things.

“We only allowed 18 points in the whole game. I was pleased with the outcome of the game. We came out and hit a couple of outside shots to open up the middle. They were really packing it in in the middle at the beginning. Brette went to work.”

Brette Moore finished with 19 points on six of eight shooting. She scored 10 of Ottawa’s 13 points in the third quarter.

“We made good passes and took our time,” Fischer said. “We knew they would trap on the side. We stayed calm and cool and faked the pass. The fundamentals are great.”

Ottawa took the Chargers out of its offense by getting six-foot junior Alex Tyson in foul trouble. She scored five of the nine points in the first quarter and was held scoreless the rest of the game.

Ottawa allowed just two points in the second and third quarters and the first three minutes of the fourth.

“We are keeping it simple so we can execute the fundamentals,” Fischer said. “No matter what they throw at us as long as we continue to execute, we will be OK. They are starting to realize that. It is coming along.”

Ottawa had 11 days between games after Friday’s game was postponed because of the ice. Fischer said the girls were focused in Sunday and Monday’s practices.

“They work hard,” Fischer said. “We keep little steps building and executing a little bit better every time out. We are coaching to be a contender. We can’t have any letdowns.”

Corie Fischer hit four treys to loosen up the Charger defense. She finished with 19 points, nine steals and three assists. Angel Natt hit seven of eight free throws en route to 10 points and grabbed seven rebounds.

Ottawa (2-0) plays Friday at home against De Soto.

Topeka West (18) — Brauh 2, Collins 7, Tyson 5, Cope 4.

Ottawa (52) — Moore 19, Foster 2, Natt 10, Fischer 19, Hadl 2.

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