The Ottawa girls struggled to contain a talented Piper squad in the opening game of the season. The Lady Cyclones basketball team fell 73-31 at home Friday.

Piper took an early lead and ran with it, out-scoring Ottawa 40-16 in the first half.

The Lady Pirates kept the foot on the pedal in the third quarter, scoring the first 20 points of the second half.

“I told the girls that we really need to work in practice on getting our communication under control. They agreed with that,” Jamie Porter, OHS girls basketball head coach, said. “[Things like] making sure the girls are there when you turn to pass the ball to them.”

Kamryn Shaffer, senior forward, led the Lady Cyclones with 12 points. Porter noted her team missed a lot of opportunities to find her inside.

“Running our offense, we had a lot of open holes that we didn’t hit our spot. Kamryn Shaffer did a really good job posting up underneath. She was there, we just didn’t get her the ball when we needed to.”

Piper’s Ryan Cobbins led all scorers with 26 points.

Ottawa (0-1) plays next Friday at home against Tonganoxie.

Piper (73) - Andrade 2, Serrano 7, Porter 2, Banes 14, Thomas 4, Cobbins 26, Leslie 4, Vigil 14.

Ottawa (31) - Wray 4, Lane 2, Shaffer 12, Evans 1, Jung 4, Titus 3, Bruce 5.