Saturday, April 19, 2014

Cyclone girls ‘starting to believe in the system’

By GREG MAST, Herald Sports Editor | 12/20/2013

Corie Fischer stepped to the plate and took on the challenge of shutting down De Soto’s 6-foot-1 all-state junior Megan Bonar.

Fischer frustrated her and it took De Soto completely out of its offense. The Cyclones used a balanced offensive attack to score a 36-25 victory.

Corie Fischer stepped to the plate and took on the challenge of shutting down De Soto’s 6-foot-1 all-state junior Megan Bonar.

Fischer frustrated her and it took De Soto completely out of its offense. The Cyclones used a balanced offensive attack to score a 36-25 victory.

“Corie never once gave up on that,” Ottawa coach Kelli Fischer said. “That is something Corie wanted to do. ‘I will guard her.’ She did a fantastic job of shutting her down.”

Ottawa held De Soto scoreless all the second quarter and until three minutes remained in the third quarter.

“They are athletic,” Fischer said of the Wildcats. “They have 10 kids that can run in and out. We have to do the little things right to continue to get better. They are starting to believe in the system and believe in what we are doing.

“The second quarter was great.”

De Soto attempted to take away Fischer and Brette Moore, who combined for 38 points in Tuesday’s win.

“They came out in a triangle and two and shut Brette and Corie down,” Fischer said.

The Wildcats kept the duo in check as they combined for 13 points, but their teammates helped out.

“Maddie and Kylie hit some shots,” Fischer said. “When that happens we are growing as a team. Execution of our offense ... if we can do that we will be OK.”

De Soto led 11-10 after the first quarter. Ottawa used a 21-0 run to take a 29-11 lead with three minutes left in the third quarter.

Ottawa (3-0) did a decent job of handling the ball down the stretch and avoiding what Fischer called ‘soft turnovers.’

“If we can get teams tired, it is free throws and layups,” Fischer said.

De Soto (25) — Bonar 8, Saucerman 5, Hobbs 2, Lancaster 6, Titus 2, Beal 2.

Ottawa (36) — Moore 4, Lancaster 6, Foster 6, Natt 2, Fischer 9, Davidson 7.

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