Courier sports staff
Seventh-ranked Southeast Polk was red-hot from outside Friday night, as the Rams blasted out to a 34-5 first-quarter lead and coasted to an 81-27 win over the Ottumwa Bulldogs in non-conference girls basketball action on Friday.
Freshman Ashton Donels led all scorers with 19 points for Southeast Polk, and the Rams shot 10-of-17 from beyond the 3-point arc — many of those shots well-contested — as Southeast Polk improved to 2-1 on the season.
“We had way too many turnovers, we have to play better,” said Ottumwa coach Kevin Patterson. “But we were way better on offense than we were Tuesday. That was good to see. We did so many things better in this game than we did in any of our previous game.”
Megan Black led Ottumwa with nine points and Hayli Beeson added six as the young Bulldogs dropped to 0-4 on the season. Despite the lopsided loss, Patterson saw improvement up and down the lineup.
“We were a lot more agressive,” said Patterson. “I feel like we were trying to penetrate gaps and attack on offense, while on defense, we played much better in the second half.”
The Bulldogs will now have a week off before opening CIML Metro play next Friday night at home against Des Moines Lincoln, in search of their first win.
“I think the girls saw the improvement, and we can build on that,” said Patterson. “We’ll take a couple days off and really get after it after that. Our next three games are all at home, and that’s a big stretch of games for us. It should be exciting for our kids.”
No. 7 Southeast Polk 81, Ottumwa 27
OTT 5 10 8 4 — 27
SEP 34 23 25 9 — 81
Ottumwa (27) — Megan Black 9, Hayli Beeson 6, Olivia Roark 5, Sydney Strunk 5, Carissa Hite 2. Totals 5-24 14-28 27.
3-point goals — 3 (Black, Beeson 2). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 11 (Strunk 5). Assists — 3 (Roark 2). Steals — 3. Blocks — 1 (Black 1). Total fouls — 11. Turnovers — 30.