The Ottumwa Courier

January 2, 2014

Ottumwa basketball on tap

By Courier Sports Staff
Ottumwa Courier

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Ottumwa girls vs. Des Moines East

Time and Place: At 6:15 p.m. at Des Moines East .

Records: Ottumwa is 1-6, while the Scarlets are 6-1.

Megan Black leads the way: Black spearheaded Ottumwa's offense with a team-high 12 points and four blocks in a 51-41 loss to Indianola on the cusp of Christmas Break.

Stopping Marble and Cobler: The Bulldogs will have clamp down on Roichelle Marble and Renise Collier, the Scarlets two leading scorers. Marble averages about points per game and Collier averages about 13 a game.

Coach Kevin Patterson says: "The No. 1 thing you've got to do is protect the ball. No 2., you have to prevent them from getting layups in transition. You can't let them have any easy pass baskets. "

Ottumwa boys vs. Des Moines East

Time and Place: At 7:45 pm. at Des Moines East High School

Records: Ottumwa is 1-5, while East is 0-5

The Brok Hopwood effect: Hopwood drilled seven 3-pointers on his way to scoring a career-high 25 points in Ottumwa's 69-66 win over Indianola.

Carter Burns as the go-to guy: Burns continues to be Ottumwa's most consistent offensive performer. His clutch play late in the fourth quarter played a key role in Ottumwa's win over the Indians.

Coach Kevin Kanaskie says: "I think we need to rebound the ball better and guard a little better. We've had good practices over the break and I hope we can continue to do what we've done in practice in the game."