A seven-game losing streak snapped Tuesday when the Ottawa High School girls basketball team dominated at home. Summer Spigle scored 15 points and Sofia Ficken added 12 to boost a 46-25 win over Kansas City Christian.
After the first quarter ended in a 15-15 stalemate, Ottawa kept the Lady Panthers scoreless in the second period. OHS outscored its opponent 31-10 in the final three quarters, including 25-10 in the second half.
“It helped that we were passing the ball because that is what we have been working on in practice,” Spigle said. “Since we got the passes down, it was spreading out the defense and we were able to drive in and get more shots up.”
The Lady Cyclones played loose offensively in the second half after starting slow against KC Christian’s zone defense in the first half, Duane Colwell, OHS head girls basketball coach, noted.
“We got some easy buckets, played more relaxed and opened up a bigger lead,” he said. “We finally got them making more than two or three passes before we took a shot. We were working it until we got that drive to score, or the kickout for a three. There was a lot more patience.”
Ottawa (2-10) continues its three-game week 7:30 p.m. Thursday when it hosts Holton (6-6). The game was originally going to be the seventh-place game of the Basehor-Linwood tournament Jan. 18 before getting postponed. OHS then travels to Louisburg 6 p.m. Friday.
“The win gives us all confidence and you can feel that in energy,” Spigle said. “We get more hyped in practice and more hyped in games. We know we can win. We have the talent, it is just we are a young team and it takes a little bit.”
Ottawa (46) - Spigle 15, Ficken 12, Titus 8, Evans 5, Lane 3, Curtis 3.
KC Christian (25) - Spencer 9, Eatherly 7, Unruh 5, Connealy 2, Harrison 2.