The Cyclones played with intensity and a bounce in their step. Ottawa put things together in a big way as the Cyclones rolled to a 55-28 win over Platte County. Ottawa was coming off a disappointing performance Tuesday in a loss to Basehor-Linwood.
“They were calm in their emotions in the game,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “They settled in and played. When we all play for each other, we are pretty good.
“You have to trust each other. This is the official start of the second half of the season. We can start fresh from here. There is still something to play for. We played pretty good. Part of that is coming off of [Tuesday] night. I know they have more proud in their defense than what we did last night.”
Ottawa played the passing lanes well and caused havoc all over the floor.
“We were great with our hands,” McCullough said. “We did not get in foul trouble. We are capable of doing that. We have to find some consistency.”
Ottawa came out set to erase the bad taste of Tuesday’s loss. The Cyclones sped out to a 16-1 lead after the first quarter. Ottawa led 23-8 at halftime.
The Cyclones roared out to start the third quarter and increased to the lead to 20 at 32-12. Seven Cyclones scored in the third quarter.
“We have to get that same mindset we had tonight on Friday,” McCullough said.
Senior Tyra Lyday paced a balanced attack with 18 points. Sophomore Brett Moore tossed in a career-best 11 points. Corie Fischer finished with 10.
“She had a breakout game,” McCullough said of Moore. “We went to an rotation with the posts. She played really good. We need her. We knew she could be a real help to us this year.”
Platte County (28) — Laures 4, Clemens 2, Holden 9, Hoover 2, Zenner 1, Trimble 3, Lloyd 2, Scott 2, Minor 3.
Ottawa (55) — Lyday 18, Bones 5, Roecker 5, K. Fischer 2, C. Fischer 10, Weidner 2, Moore 11.
Basehor 43, Ottawa 29
Ottawa fell apart after a quick 8-1 spurt to open the game. Basehor went on a 25-4 run to open a 14-point lead midway through the third quarter in Tuesday’s first round game of the Bobcat Invitational.
Ottawa lost 43-29. The Cyclones were cold from the field, had too many turnovers and did not guard well.
“We are not playing as a team,” McCullough said. “You can’t turn the ball over that many times. We are not an outstanding outside shooting team.”
Ottawa shot too many outside shots, hitting just one from behind the three-point arc. Ottawa was 14 of 36 (39 percent) from the field.
Ottawa’s passing was not good.
Ottawa’s defense left open Basehor-Linwood’s outside shooters. The Bobcats hit seven treys, including three in a two-minute span to close the first quarter.
Ottawa mustered just two points in the second quarter, but was still within striking distance at halftime. Ottawa was down 18-10.
Ottawa hit the first bucket to close within 18-12, but Basehor went on an 8-0 run to open a 26-12 lead with four minutes remaining in the third quarter.
Basehor’s largest lead was 17 at 33-16 early in the fourth quarter. Ottawa went on an 8-0 run to rally within 33-24 with 4:50 remaining.
Lyday paced the Cyclones with 11 points. She netted nine in the second half.
Ottawa (6-5) plays 6 p.m. Friday against Park Hill in the fifth-place game.
Basehor-Linwood (43) — Stephens 5, Johnson 14, Garver 10, Gorman 6, Smith 4, Clayton 2, Payne 2.
Ottawa (29) — Lyday 11, Bones 6, Roecker 6, C. Fischer 4, Moore 2.