The Lady Indians opened up the conference tourney as the sixth seed against the three seed California. Both seed numbers speak to how tough this conference is. California was ranked as high as number 3 in the state last year and comes in as the third best team. Our girls are talented and give most teams fits and we’re only the six. We got started off well with Reese hitting a three to open the game. We had four players score in the first and that is the kind of balance we need. The game was back and forth the entire quarter and the girls held a two point lead after one. The second quarter defied almost anything I’ve ever seen in all my coaching. We tried timeouts, we played three different defenses, and basically nothing worked. California hit eight straight shots at one stretch. Getting outscored 28-3 took a close game and totally changed the complexion of the night. That said, I was very pleased with how we played in three of the quarters. Stats can be made to say anything, but during quarters 1,3,4 the composite score was 43-43. Liberty had 9 points in the third quarter to help the girls outscore California by one. In the fourth quarter we got a couple three’s from Sara and a three at the buzzer by Marley Corpe to get to the final margin. Going forward we have to believe that not many teams are going to put together quarters like California did in the second. We also must limit turnovers. We had 24 this game and that is too many. We also didn’t shoot well from the FT line or from the field, but we continue to get good shots.
Scorers-Sara Wolf 17, Liberty Gamm 12, Reese Good 6, Syd Riley 4, Marley Corpe 4, Lauren Bartlett 2.
Rebounding-Sara 6, Liberty 5, Lauren 5.
Assists-Paige 3, Sara 2, Reese 2, Marley 2.
Osage is 0-2 and plays 12/2 against Eldon in the conference tourney.