Wednesday, September 17, 2014

OHS girls runs good sets in victory

By Greg Mast/Herald Sports Editor | 1/11/2013

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team ran a lot of offensive sets Friday against Eudora in Ottawa.

The Cyclones were deliberate looking for a good shot and found seams in the Cardinal defense. Ottawa shot 50 percent from the field in their 49-27 victory.

The Ottawa High School girls basketball team ran a lot of offensive sets Friday against Eudora in Ottawa.

The Cyclones were deliberate looking for a good shot and found seams in the Cardinal defense. Ottawa shot 50 percent from the field in their 49-27 victory.

“We were calm, very patient and executed very well,” Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said. “We were in control the whole game. We played good solid defense.”

Ottawa is used to getting out in transition and scoring and not scoring out of the offensive sets.

McCullough said it was nice to see the Cyclones find success in their halfcourt scoring.

“We definitely improved our game tonight,” McCullough said. “Hopefully, we can carry it over into next week. We have a little bit of momentum.”

Ottawa snapped a two-game slide,- and it was the first win since Dec. 18.

The Cyclones moved without the ball well and it set each other up for good shots.

McCullough said Ottawa’s passing was much better.

“We passed the ball to the players in position to score,” McCullough said.

Ottawa got it rolling in the second quarter hitting six of eight shots to grab an 18-10 halftime lead. It carried over into the third when Ottawa put up 20 points to open a 38-17 bulge.

Tyra Lyday netted nine of her 21 points in the quarter. Alexis Roecker finished with eight points.

Ottawa’s defense did not give Eudora many openings. The Cardinals shot 10 of 26 from the field.

Ottawa’s largest lead of the game was 43-18 with 5:45 left in the game.

Seven Cyclones scored, which was the most since early in the season.

Paige Weidner provided a scoring spark off the bench with seven points.

Ottawa (4-4) plays 6 p.m. Tuesday in the first round of the Basehor-Linwood Invitational against Basehor-Linwood. Ottawa’s side of the bracket also features Holton, a two-time state finalist.

“It will be a bear,” McCullough said of the tournament. “We got things going in the right way.

Eudora (27) — Maring 6, Webb 4, Beck 5, Topil 5, Balluch 3, Herron 2, C. Richeson 2.

Ottawa (49) — Lyday 21, Bones 3, Roecker 8, C. Fischer 2, Lewis 4, Weidner 7, Moore 4.

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