LOUISBURG — Missed shots plagued the Lady Cyclones throughout Tuesday’s game. They fell 64-37 at Louisburg in the final game before winter break.
The Ottawa High School girls basketball team got down 16-6 at the end of the first quarter, but kept pace with the Lady Wildcats in the second. OHS was down 31-21 at halftime with an opportunity to close the gap in the second half.
Louisburg didn’t allow that to happen, outscoring Ottawa 17-4 in the third quarter to take control of the game.
Shooting and fighting off Louisburg on the boards were key struggles for OHS in the second half.
“I think we ended up being 8-48 from the floor,” Jamie Porter, OHS head girls basketball coach, said. “We missed a lot of easy shots underneath the basket. The easy ones we needed to make, we just didn’t make. We were letting them get the offensive and defensive rebounds. Boxing out was tough on us. They burnt us a lot on both ends.”
Payton Bruce, junior forward, was the lone Cyclone to get into double-figure scoring, leading the team with 10 points.
Kamryn Shaffer, senior forward, returned to the line-up after missing last game with an ankle injury. She was about 80 percent, Porter said.
“She babied her foot a bit, and I didn’t let her play a whole lot on the court,” Porter said. “She couldn’t do her moves that she likes to do underneath the basket because of her ankle.”
Heading into the break, Porter said the main things the team needs to work on are confidence, post moves underneath the basket and making sure everyone stays in shape.
Ottawa (1-4) plays 6 p.m. Jan. 5 at home against Paola on Winter Royalty night.
Louisburg (64) — Melton 14, Belcher 12, Holtzen 9, Quinn 9, Buffington 8, Gassman 4, Cain 4, Moore 3, Ratliff-Becher 1.
Ottawa (37) — Bruce 10, Jung 8, Titus 7, Shaffer 4, Evans 2, Lane 2, Spigle 2, Aho 2, Wray 1.