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January 24, 2001


The Cyclones focused on shooting during practice last week and the work paid off as Ottawa hit its first four shots and made 16-of-36 shots in the first half of a 65-38 girls' basketball victory over Eudora.

"We have some people who can penetrate and they also have the opportunity to kick out," Ottawa coach Cliff McCullough said, "and when we do kick it out we need to step up and knock down those shots so naturally we're practicing that stuff."

The Cyclones used what they learned in practice to help hit eight three-pointers against Eudora, shocking even their own coach.

"We hit some threes (usually), but not eight," McCullough said. "We do take a lot of threes but three or four, maybe, is usually where we're at. Eight's a nice number to see."

McCullough wasn't the only coach surprised by the shooting exhibition put on by the Cyclones.

"It was phenomenal," Eudora coach Gretchen Freeland said. "They're a great shooting team. I expected threes, but not NBA threes."

Ottawa led 20-6 after the first period thanks to its hot shooting and defensive pressure. The Cyclones forced the Cardinals into seven turnovers and held them to 2-of-17 shooting in the quarter.

"That's the way we've played all year," McCullough said. "We want to put pressure on them and be aggressive right out of the gate. We have to utilize our quickness so we try to be as aggressive on defense and pressing as we can."

Eudora's only two baskets in the period were by Jessica Bryant and Lauren Kracl, which was par for the rest of the game. Kracl led the Cardinals with 17 points and Bryant had 14, but no other Eudora player scored more than four.

"That's kind of been a struggle for us all year," Freeland said, "to find another scorer or to even find a couple people to step up and put in a couple here and there."

Freeland was pleased with her team's performance, though.

"Our intensity was good," she said. "They're just a very good basketball team. My girls never gave up. They just kept fighting the whole game."

Ottawa's Lindsey Dieterich led all players with 19 points and Katie Sheffield scored 16, including four three-pointers.

"Katie stands out in my mind but she's been that consistent ever since Christmas break," McCullough said. "She's been solid, and when she shoots it you're not wondering if it's going to go in."

Ottawa will face defending Class 3A state champion St. Marys in the semifinals. The Bears beat Anderson County, 69-65, Tuesday. Tipoff is 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the red gym.

Ottawa 65, Eudora 38

Eudora 6 13 10 9 -- 38

Ottawa 20 19 19 7 -- 65

Eudora: Rachel Abel 0 0-2 0, Jessica Bryant 7 0-0 14, Brandi Abel 1 2-4 4, Mallorie Cleveland 0 0-2 0, Lauren Kracl 5 7-11 17, Jill Woodward 0 1-4 1, Betsy Hickman 0 2-2 2. Totals 13 12-23 38.

Ottawa: Liz Burks 3 1-4 7, Katie Sheffield 6 0-0 16, Jenny Heck 1 0-0 2, Jayme Vance 6 0-0 12, Adrienne Allegre 1 2-3 4, Lindsey Dieterich 7 2-2 19, Kathryn Sylvester 1 0-0 2, Jessica James 1 0-0 3. Totals 26 5-9 65.

Three-point goals: Eudora 0, Ottawa 8 (Sheffield 4, Dieterich 3, James 1). Total fouls: Eudora 8, Ottawa 19.

Baldwin 40, Gardner-Edgerton 29

The Bulldogs survived a scoreless first quarter with solid defense against the Trailblazers.

"Offensively we came out real timid and didn't make very good decisions," Baldwin coach Eric Toot said. "We got a little nervous and it kind of snowballed on us, but our defense kept us in the game."

Baldwin (8-3) fell behind 11-0 after a period and were behind 15-3 in the second quarter, but held Gardner-Edgerton (4-5) to just four points in the rest of the period and to two in the third period on 1-of-11 shooting.

"We're pretty deep and I think we just kind of wore them down," Toot said. "We played tough defense the whole game and it was just a matter of time before we scored some points."

Colleen Kivett led Baldwin with 13 points and Jodie Bacon added 11.

Baldwin will face Kansas City Piper, a 74-72 overtime winner against Wellsville. Tipoff is 7:45 p.m. Thursday in the red gym.

Baldwin 40, Gardner-Edgerton 29

Gardner-Edgerton 11 6 2 10 -- 29

Baldwin 0 15 9 16 -- 40

Gardner-Edgerton: Amanda Lee 0 0-1 0, Crysti Bettge 5 0-0 10, Danille McNaney 2 0-2 4, Sheena Shore 1 2-3 4, Christen McCullough 3 5-10 11. Totals 11 7-16 29.

Baldwin: Anna Skaggs 1 0-0 2, Colleen Kivett 5 3-6 13, Jodie Bacon 2 6-6 11, Mandy Moore 2 1-2 5, Casey Millstein 1 1-2 3, Emily Brown 1 1-2 3, Suzie Weege 0 3-4 3. Totals 12 15-22 40.

Three-point goals: Gardner-Edgerton 0, Baldwin 1 (Bacon).

Kansas City Piper 74, Wellsville 72, OT

Wellsville fought back from a 12-point deficit after three quarters to send the game into overtime, but the winless Eagles couldn't put away the Pirates, ranked fifth in Class 4A.

Jami Anderson led four Eagles in double figures with 20 points. Dani Patton added 15 and Jackie Caruthers and Jessica Clay both scored 10.

Amanda Woolley led Piper with 28 points.

Wellsville (0-10) will face Gardner-Edgerton at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the loser's bracket.

Kansas City Piper 74, Wellsville 72, OT

Wellsville 16 15 14 19 8 -- 72

KC Piper 14 22 17 11 10 -- 74

Wellsville: Jackie Caruthers 10, Stacia Moore 1, Jessica Clay 10, Amanda Pearce 6, Jamie Anderson 20, Dani Patton 15, Sasha Stewart 2, Lindsay Roecker 8.

KC Piper: Ashley Randle 16, Megan Stallbaumer 1, Angie Mullins 8, Amanda Woolley 28, Amy Kolich 3, Jennifer Kiblinger 12, Kim Stine 6.

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