LENEXA — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team showed it will be a tough-minded team. The Cyclones used a balanced attack in its 45-34 victory Friday over St. James in Lenexa.
“I saw a lot of things I was pleased with,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said.
One of those was the halfcourt offense. Ottawa scored out of its sets.
“Our guards did a good job of attacking the basket,” McCullough said.
Ottawa played a lot like the coach wanted. The goals was to score more than 40 and hold St. James to under 40.
“We accomplished our goals,” he said.
A few things to work on include less fouling and ball handling.
“We have to work on passing the ball better,” McCullough said. “We have to take care of the ball. We had too many unforced turnovers. We got different rotations in there.”
Foul trouble early gave McCullough a chance to play a lot of combinations together. Something that will pay dividends as the season rolls along.”
Ottawa used a strong second quarter to garner a 20-11 halftime lead. Ottawa and St. James was tied at 8-8 at the end of the first quarter.
St. James quickly sliced Ottawa’s lead to 20-19 with an 8-0 spurt to open the third quarter. Ottawa righted the ship and went on a 9-2 run to open a 32-23 lead late in the third quarter.
Ottawa’s biggest lead of the game came late in the game at 42-29. McCullough said he liked how his players responded to St. James’ run.
Seven Ottawa players scored between four and 11 points.
McCullough said that is how Ottawa will be successful.
“It is going to take everybody,” he said.
Tyra Lyday and Corie Fischer paced the balanced attack with 11 points each. Cydney Lewis finished with seven.
McCullough liked the aggressive play all over the court.
Ottawa plays Thursday in the Goodland Tournament.
St. James (34) — J.Smith 7, Dwyer 10, Webb 3, H.Smith 6, Kerner 1, Kubicki 4, Kelly 3.
Ottawa (45) — Lyday 11, Roecker 5, Bones 2, C. Fischer 11, Weidner 4, Lewis 7, Moore 5.