DES MOINES — Lily Anderson secured a career milestone in her final regular-season CIML Metro conference game as an Ottumwa Bulldog on Friday. Anderson secured a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds, the last of which gave Anderson 500 career rebounds, in Ottumwa's 58-49 road win at Des Moines Roosevelt.
The win secured second place for Ottumwa, snapping a tie in the standings with the Roughriders. It's the third-straight year that OHS has finished in the top two of the Metro standings.
"This is a good win in a tough environment," said OHS girls head coach Kevin Patterson. "It was a loud gymnasium. They were honoring their seniors. We really settled down after the opening quarter and settled in on both ends of court."
Morgan Greiner and Grace Bookin-Nosbisch each scored 12 points for Ottumwa, which scored seven of the final nine points in the first half to pull within 22-19. The Bulldogs finally grabbed the lead early in the second half and led 38-36 after an Anderson layup heading into the fourth quarter.
While Ottumwa's top player was thriving, Roosevelt's top player struggled with fouls. Grace Cummings scored just five points, picking up her fourth late in the third quarter before fouling out seconds after returning to the game in the fourth quarter.
"We talked the last couple of days not to let Grace get going. We had to get a body on her and make it tougher for her to score," Patterson said.
The win secured an 8-2 record in the CIML Metro for Ottumwa with sweeps of Roosevelt (8-11, 7-3 CIML Metro), Des Moines Lincoln, Des Moines North and Des Moines Hoover. Des Moines East, which clinched the outright Metro title on Friday with a 65-39 win at Hoover, was the only conference team to knock off the Bulldogs this year.
"It says that we've gotten better as the year's have went along and we've done a very good job executing the game plan," Patterson said. "The difference in the second half from the first half (on Friday) was that we didn't shy away from the basketball. We did a good job taking the ball the basket and got to the line 30 times. If we do that consistently, we're tough to beat."
Ottumwa (13-5) is scheduled to wrap up the regular season at Marshalltown on Monday. Two days later, the Bulldogs open the Class 5A regional tournament hosting Des Moines Hoover at 7 p.m.
"It's all about consistency on Monday. We need to start out playing well, execute on both ends, and play the best basketball we can going into the postseason," Patterson said.