Even in most of the losses, Ottawa has been on the cusp of putting good things together.
The Lady Braves coaching staff broke down the game film of Thursday’s loss to Southwestern. The players saw the good and the bad during Friday’s film session.
Ottawa coach Bruce Tate told his players to string the good plays together and keep a positive frame of mind during the down periods.
The Lady Braves responded in a big way Saturday in Wilson Field House. Ottawa took out Saint Mary, 82-65.
“We talked about responding to when we make a big play, get a stop and make another big play,” Tate said. “It is about putting plays together. That was our main focus. We did that to the fullest.”
The 82 points was a season high and it came against an opponent Ottawa has dominated through the past few seasons. It was Ottawa’s 10th straight win over the Lady Spires.
“That is showing what we are capable of when everybody is on,” Tate said.
Tate said the players have worked hard on their shooting, spending extra time in the gym. Ottawa shot 46 percent from the field against the Saint Mary. Ottawa hit 19 of 28 from the free-throw line.
“This was a result of staying in the gym and shooting,” Tate said. “It is paying off. That builds confidence.”
Ottawa played free and loose offensively throughout the game.
Tate said Ottawa created big plays throughout the game.
“It is good to get some offensive flow going into Friends,” Tate said.
Ottawa came out smoking to open the second half with a 19-5 spurt in the first seven minutes. It gave Ottawa a 62-43 lead.
“Once you get them down, do not let up,” Tate said. They are not never out of a ball game the way the shoot threes.”
Ottawa built a 28-point lead midway through the second half. Ottawa had a lull period, but that was quickly dealt with in a timeout.
“We want them to be sharp,” Tate said. “Championship teams put teams away and stay solid until the end of the game.”
Ottawa placed three players in double figures. Shauna McClure hit five treys en route to 17 points. Amber Ramsey had 16 points, 12 rebounds, six assists and three blocks.
“Amber got back into the flow of things,” Tate said.
Morgan Boore was 100 percent shooting as the junior hit for 14 points. She hit all five field goals and three free throws. Ottawa finished with 18 assists and 12 points in transition.
Ottawa (7-11, 4-5) plays 6 p.m. Wednesday in Wichita against Friends.
Saint Mary (65) — Hooker 8, Watson 6, VanNess 6, Ezeh 10, Harmon 4, Zaldivar 1, Weege 2, Warren 4, Rowan 4, Marx 4, Mattox 5, Glorioso 3, Stallbaumer 8.
Ottawa (82) — Dowell 4, Ramsey 16, Meier 7, McClure 17, Neptune 3, Grammer 1, Skidmore 9, Boden 1, Christman 2, Buckles 7, Boore 14, Jeannin 1.