The first win of the season for the Ottumwa girls basketball team proved to be elusive this month. The Bulldogs had a chance to pick it up Monday night, but couldn’t make enough plays down the stretch.
Oskaloosa pulled away in the final quarter at Evans Middle School, knocking off Ottumwa 46-37. The Bulldogs head into the break at 0-5, while Osky improved to 5-4.
The game was a close affair throughout. Ottumwa led 11-10 after an entertaining first quarter. A three-pointer just before halftime gave Oskaloosa an 18-15 lead at the break. The Bulldogs trailed by just two, 26-24, entering the fourth quarter. In the final eight minutes, Osky extended the lead to as many as ten points. Ottumwa got back within four at 39-35, but the Indians hit enough free throws down the stretch to put the game away.
Turnovers were once again a problem for Ottumwa. Oskaloosa began using a zone press in the second quarter, forcing the Bulldogs into several mistakes. Ottumwa finished with 24 turnovers on the night.
Anne Guest led Ottumwa on the night, scoring a season-high 17 points. Addison Ransom battled through foul trouble to score eight points, and Chloe Schneckloth chipped in six points. For Oskaloosa, Presley Blommers led all scorers with 19 points. Aubree Blanco added eight for the Indians, and Lucy Roach came off the bench to score seven points.
Playing with a full roster for the first time this season, the Ottumwa boys went on the road Monday night and throttled Oskaloosa 64-26. The Bulldogs started the game on a 9-0 run and never looked back, improving to 3-2 on the season. The Indians fell to 1-5.
All-state senior Trae Swartz had missed the previous three games due to Covid-19 concerns, but he came back strong, scoring 21 points in just three quarters. Swartz sat out the fourth quarter since Ottumwa had built a 57-19 advantage. Adam Greiner added ten points for the Bulldogs, while Kie Glosser and Armani Robinson each scored eight points.
Ottumwa plays its final game before winter break tonight, hitting the road to face Pella Christian, its third straight opponent from the Little Hawkeye Conference.