Solid scoring efforts from Megan Black and Sydney Strunk were not enough to garner the Ottumwa girls basketball team a victory Tuesday, as the Bulldogs were handily defeated by West Des Moines Valley 62-27.
Black paced the Bulldogs with a team-high 10 points and Sydney Strunk added nine.
“We have to get a consistent 32 minutes from everyone on the floor offensively,” coach Kevin Patterson said. “Otherwise, our norm is going to be scoring about 30 points.”
Ottumwa fell behind by double-digits early and never made a serious run at the Tigers lead. Brooke O’Hollearn spearheaded the Valley attack with 17 points. Although she only finished with five points, Tiger point guard Madi Agey did a superb job of running the offense for her team, as she continuously fed her teammates for easy baskets in transition and through the Tiger half-court offense.
Neither team could find the range in the opening minutes, but once Valley got a couple buckets, its offense really started to click. The Tigers led 12-0 before Ottumwa got its first bucket — a strong move by Alexis Winn that she banked off the glass just outside the lane. Megan Black knocked down a shot that whittled the Tiger lead down to 12-4 at the end of the first. Black was Ottumwa’s most effective weapon in the first half, as she finished with eight points in the half. While the Bulldogs had a few offensive spurts, Ottumwa wasn’t able to generate enough offense to keep up with the Tigers, who led 38-15 at the half.
Grace Vander Weide, who finished with 11 points, drilled a 3-pointer to start the second half for the Tigers. Valley dominated the quarter and led 53-20 going into the fourth.
The one positive occurrence in the second half was Sydney Strunk, who aggressively attacked the basket throughout the half.
“She did a good job of attacking the basket and scoring the second half,” Patterson said.
Valley, however, used a successful mixture of excellent offensive precision and solid three-point shooting to pick up the easy victory.
The Bulldogs (2-10, 1-3) play Des Moines Lincoln Friday in CIML Metro Conference action.
West Des Moines Valley 62, Ottumwa 27
Vall 12 26 15 9 — 62
Ottu 4 9 7 7— 27
Valley (62) — Madi Agey 5, Whitney Fuller 4, Kerry Reagan 3, Grace Vander Weide 11, Mack Jones 5, Taylor Steil 3, Kasey Feldt 5, Brooke O’Hollearn 17, Suha Hannoon 6, Mandi Roemmich 2. Totals 24 FG 7-11 62.
3-point goals — 7 (Vander Weide 2). Fouled out — None.
Ott (27) — Megan Black 10, Sydney Strunk 9, Olivia Roark 2, Rachel Zingg 2, Alexis Winn 4. Totals 9 FG 10-18 FG 27.
3-point goals — None. Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 21 (Roark 4). Blocks — None. Total Turnovers — 16.