The Lady Cyclones got within single digits in the waning minutes of Tuesday’s game. A two-point jumper by Shakiya Aho, senior, cut De Soto’s lead to 35-27 with 3:10 left.
Despite the rally attempt, the Ottawa High School girls basketball team fell short of a win at De Soto High School, 41-30.
It marked Ottawa’s 13th straight loss, but was the third time in four games the team fell by just 11 points. De Soto is the Frontier League’s second-place team with a 13-5 record.
Despite outrebounding their opponent, the Lady Cyclones shot 20 percent from the field (10-51).
“We looked really hesitant out there with having enough confidence to take shots,” Jamie Porter, OHS head girls basketball coach, said. “A couple of the girls [pump] faked it and finally decided it was too late.”
The Cyclones fell behind 25-9 at halftime after scoring just two points in the second quarter. They outscored the Lady Wildcats 12-7 in the final period, thanks in part to their press defense.
“I think that was our turning point,” Porter said of the press. “I wish I would have done it earlier.”
Kamryn Shaffer, senior, led the team in both scoring and rebounding with nine points and 12 boards.
Ottawa (1-14) plays 6 p.m. Friday at home against Louisburg.
Ottawa (30) — Shaffer 9, Jung 8, Wray 5, Aho 4, Spigle 4.