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Cyclone girls digging out of second quarter rut

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/16/2014

BALDWIN CITY — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is falling into a second quarter rut.

The Cyclones have scored seven points combined their past two games in the second quarter. In both games, Ottawa battled back from double-digit deficits, but did not have enough offense to come all the way back.

BALDWIN CITY — The Ottawa High School girls basketball team is falling into a second quarter rut.

The Cyclones have scored seven points combined their past two games in the second quarter. In both games, Ottawa battled back from double-digit deficits, but did not have enough offense to come all the way back.

Ottawa ended up falling 46-32 Tuesday to Baldwin in Baldwin City. The Cyclones managed just three points in the second quarter as the Bulldogs took control. Baldwin led 27-12 at halftime.

“The second quarter is killing us,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said.

Ottawa had opportunities to stay in the game in the first half at the line. Ottawa was 5 of 14 from the free-throw line in the game and made 1 of 5 in the second quarter.

Fischer said another area that hurt was on the boards. Baldwin hit the offensive boards in the first half with eight second-chance points.

Baldwin’s scoring depth was evident with seven Bulldogs scoring, but only four Cyclones netting points.

“That is a big difference,” Fischer said. “We are only going to be seven or eight deep.”

Ottawa held Baldwin senior guard Katie Jones in check with nine points. She came off a career-high 33-point performance in the win over Louisburg.

Fischer said the defense hung tough, but the ‘soft’ turnovers led to easy buckets on the other end.

Ottawa’s offense found its mark in the second half. Corie Fischer netted eight of her 10 points in the second half. Angel Natt had six of her 10 in the second half.

Sophomore Brynn Ferguson helped get Ottawa going offensively by scoring the first two buckets of the third quarter.

“Brynn gave us a spark in the second half,” Fischer said.

The coach said this season will have some bumps in the road.

“We are going through some growing pains,” she said.

Ottawa (3-3, 1-3) plays at home Friday against Eudora.

Baldwin (46) — Jones 9, Ogle 10, Valentine 6, Stein 12, Cope 6, Neufeld 1, Steinke 2.    

Ottawa (32) — Moore 8, Natt 10, Fischer 10, Ferguson 4.

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