The Ottawa High School girls basketball team finally saw the ball go through the hoop Friday night at home.


It all started in the final couple of minutes of the first half. Ottawa closed the half with an 11-0 spurt to come within 20-16 at halftime against Bonner Springs.


The Braves kept Ottawa at arm’s length in the second half as Ottawa fell 48-37.


“Our girls fought hard,” Ottawa coach Matt Schurman said. “We had some big plays by a lot of people. We had some shots fall. We had three or four girls knock down threes. We missed some bunnies. We will keep working.”


Ottawa had trouble with the Bonner Springs defense.


“We struggling TO take care of the ball,” Schurman said. “In the fourth quarter, we had five straight turnovers, which is hard to overcome. We did not get stops when we needed to. When we did get stops, we did not take advantage.”


Schurman said Bonner Springs’ height advantage took its toll in the end.


“We have never been bigger than anybody this year,” Schurman said. “They continue to challenge taller people on a regular basis. I like the girls’ fight.”


Ottawa was coming off a game against state-ranked Eudora where the Cardinals dominated play.


“We definitely stepped up from Tuesday,” Schurman said. “We took a giant leap from where we were at on Tuesday. Any time you can see that giant leap, I hope we can continue that going into next week.”


The Cyclones was paced by junior Sofia Ficken with 16 points. She helped fuel the big run at the end of the first half by hitting treys. Freshman Brooklyn Hadl finished with 11 points.


Ottawa plays Tuesday at Paola.


Bonner Springs (48) — Whetstone 16, Noel 12, Hill 8, Hassett 7, Madlock 3, Bacon 2.


Ottawa (37) — Ficken 16, Hadl 11, K. Evans 6, Curtis 4.