Ottawa has been inconsistent during Frontier League play and it has led to three losses in four games. The Cyclones fell Tuesday to Baldwin, 40-32, in Ottawa.
“At times we played good defense, other times we did not,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “Our offense is not anywhere near where we thought it would be. It is not where it needs to be to win games.”
The coach said the players don’t always process things well in the heat of the battle.
“We have issues on our team from a basketball sense,” he said. “We don’t have a high basketball IQ. That has cost us the last two games. Our athleticism will only take us so far.”
The bad was the first half and final four minutes of the game. Baldwin ran out to a 24-11 lead late in the first half.
Ottawa rallied back by holding Baldwin scoreless in the third quarter and used a 14-0 run to take a 25-24 lead. Ottawa led 28-27 when things unraveled again.
“We have to quit digging ourselves a hole,” McCullough said. “It takes so much for us to come back from that. We have nothing left at the end of the game. We ran out of gas.”
“We took the lead by one ... boom ... boom ... boom we were down by four. They battled their way back.”
McCullough liked how the defense took over during the third quarter.
“Our defense was even better,” he said. “You have to put out that kind of effort for four quarters. We are kind of in this funk after the Christmas break. It will take us awhile to get out of. Unfortunately our schedule does not bode well for teams that are struggling.”
Baldwin played a physical-style game, which played in its favor.
“It is really hard for us to do anything when you are hit in the face, pushed around, shoved around,” McCullough said.
Tyra Lyday paced the Cyclones with 13 points. She scored nine in the second half. Corie Fischer finished with nine.
Ottawa (4-4, 1-3) plays 6 p.m. Friday at home against Eudora.
Baldwin (40) — Kehl 10, Cope 2, Katzer 6, Jones 9, Smith 5, Ogle 4, Jorgensen 4.
Ottawa (32) — Lyday 13, Bones 2, Roecker 4, K. Fischer 2, C. Fischer 9, Weidner 2.