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Ottawa’s Jaleesa Kindred (No. 23) defends a shot by La Salle-Peru’s Brittany Zawacki during the Lady Pirates’ 45-32 victory Tuesday in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game at La Salle-Peru. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
La Salle-Peru’s Hannah Wolfe (No. 30) takes a shot over Ottawa’s Jasmine Bailey during the Lady Pirates’ 45-32 victory Tuesday. NewsTribune photo/Genna Ord
Ottawa senior Jasmine Bailey’s shot was admittedly “a little rocky” in the early going Tuesday night.
Bailey made two of her first nine shots.
In the second quarter, her father, Tim, got her attention from the stands and motioned about how to fix her shot.
“I just needed to lift my elbow a little bit because (my shots) were flat,” Bailey said.
The advice paid off for Bailey and the Lady Pirates.
Bailey knocked down two key 3-pointers in the third quarter to extend Ottawa’s lead to double digits for the first time en route to a 45-32 victory over La Salle-Peru in a Northern Illinois Big 12 Conference West Division game in La Salle.
“That’s Jasmine,” Ottawa coach Mike Cooper said. “Jasmine’s a good shooter. They lost her a couple times and she made them pay for it.”
Bailey’s shooting helped the Lady Pirates turn a slim 20-16 halftime lead into a 34-20 advantage entering the fourth quarter.
“We played a little sloppy in the beginning, but then we pulled it togther,” Bailey said. “We buckled down defensively and cleaned up our offense a lot.”
Ottawa held the Lady Cavaliers to four points on 1-of-9 shooting from the floor and and 2-of-4 from the free throw line in the third quarter.
“They really had a tough time all night getting good looks. I thought we defended them pretty well,” Cooper said. “Two people who don’t get a lot of limelight — Jayna Crabb and Maddie Toynton — both came into the game and got us some big rebounds and defended people. Very blue collar. … Jasmine played hard on (Brittany) Zawacki.”
L-P senior Brianna Argubright hit a pair of free throws with 5:55 left in the third quarter to pull the Lady Cavs within two at 22-20, and the Lady Cavs did not score again until Ellie Senica had a putback with 5:48 left in the game.
“I thought we were just a few baskets away from maybe changing a few things within th course of the game, but it just didn’t happen,” L-P coach Hollis Vickery said. “We have to be a little more patient on offense. If nothing is there, we have to run it again or run something else. Ottawa did a very good job keeping us out of the sets and making us go to secondary options.”
During L-P’s 8:07 scoreless stretch, the Lady Pirates capitalized with a 12-0 run, including a 3-pointer by Bailey with 4:45 left and another with 3:11 left to push the lead to 30-20.
“We did a better job handling the ball in the second half,” said Cooper, whose team had only six turnovers in the second half after committing 13 in the first two quarters. “We moved the ball better, we hit some shots and we got the ball in to Jaleesa (Kindred).”
Bailey finished with 12 points and a pair of assists for the Lady Pirates (15-5, 5-1 NIB 12 West). Kindred had 11 points, seven rebounds, three steals and a pair of blocks, while Cassidy Rice added 12 points and six rebounds.
Zawacki had a team-high seven points for L-P (6-12, 1-5 NIB 12 West), while Hannah Wolfe and Ellie Senica each added four points and seven rebounds.
Notes: L-P starter Mia Porter missed the game because her father was involved in a car accident on Route 6 Monday afternoon. … L-P sophomore Anna Konczak is out for the rest of the season with symptoms of a concussion. … The Ottawa sophomore team beat L-P 29-21. Jill Wignes had 14 points and Jessica Wignes added six for Ottawa. Alexa Zimblemann led L-P with six points. Lauren Gunia had four points and Hailey Armstrong added three.
Kevin Chlum can be reached at 220-6939, or at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @NT_SportsEditor.
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