One was get a win and another was play at a higher level for a longer period of time. Ottawa did a good job of accomplishing both.
Ottawa took out Park Hill, 54-33. The Cyclones played well in spurts.
“We are heading in the right direction,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “It was good to finish on a win.”
Ottawa won two straight games in the tournament after Tuesday’s loss to Basehor-Linwood.
“We came out of this tournament 2-1,” McCullough said. “Right now we are playing for a sub-state first-round home game. Every game now means a ton. Hopefully we can this take the momentum. This is the second half of the season. We can be a really good basketball team.
“It is going to be a grind-it-out thing for us.”
Ottawa came out firing on all cylinders. The Cyclones rolled to a 23-4 lead early in the second quarter. Ottawa scored the first 10 points and put up a 13-0 run to gain the 19-point lead.
Ottawa played even with Park Hill in the second and third quarters, but closed well and built a 21-point lead in the final quarter.
“We played a pretty good fourth quarter,” McCullough said. “They were physical and quick. They let a lot of stuff go and that was good for us. We had to play with a little bit of adversity. We have with our inconsistency. It was a physical game.”
Ottawa made some nice passes for good scoring opportunities.
“They went to a 1-3-1 and really extended on us,” McCullough said. “We made a couple of adjustments and we got backdoors off of it.
Cydney [Lewis] made a couple of great runs for backdoor layups.”
Ottawa held up well, despite playing its third game in four days. McCullough mixed and matched his rotation to give players rest.
Senior Alexis Roecker stood tall in the paint for the Cyclones. She led Ottawa with 17 points. Tyra Lyday had 15.
“She is making quick post moves,” McCullough said. “She is getting to the bucket and scoring. She is our anchor on defense. She communicates so well. Some of other girls are picking up on that.”
Ottawa (7-5) plays 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at home against Hayden, which played in tonight’s tournament championship game against state-ranked Holton.
Park Hill (33) — Crowl 2, Reichart 2, Bolin 3, Thomas 8, Magee 9, McWhirter 2, Peterson 2, Cordes 5.
Ottawa (54) — Lyday 15, Bones 2, Roecker 17, C. Fischer 5, Lewis 6, Weidner 2, Moore 4, White 2.