OTTAWA — The Ottawa basketball programs swept a non-conference doubleheader against Chillicothe IVC on Tuesday in Kingman Gym.
The Ottawa boys used a decisive rebounding advantage to take a 60-41 victory, while the Lady Pirates got defensive in the second half for a 53-37 non-conference win.
Ottawa 60, IVC 41
Not even a 20-minute fire alarm delay could slow down the Pirates.
By the time the fourth-quarter delay came along, Ottawa had things well in hand to improve to 5-1 on the season.
IVC played well in the opening eight minutes, but the Pirates held a 13-8 lead thanks in part to a pair of floaters in the lane from Chase Hill and a 3-pointer from John Carroll to end the quarter.
The big difference in the game came in the second quarter when the Pirates crashed the boards and pulled ahead by double digits.
Sophomore Isaac Gassman was big off the bench for the Pirates as he drained a 3-pointer from the corner for a 16-10 lead.
Brent Johnson missed the front end of a one-and-one, but Carroll grabbed the rebound and connected for an old-fashioned three-point play and a 21-10 Ottawa lead.
“We just got beat on the glass tonight, particularly on the offensive end,” IVC coach Joe Mintus said. “I think (Ottawa) scored about every time they got a rebound. We’re not really good at it right now and when you play a team like Ottawa you have to be better than we were tonight.”
More offensive rebounds led to a 3-pointer from the corner on an out of bounds play for Carroll and then Gassman continued his strong play with a drive and short jump shot for a 26-14 lead.
Brett Johnson finished off the half for the Pirates by hitting a shot behind the arc for a commanding 31-14 halftime lead.
“We’re doing a good job of distributing the basketball,” Ottawa coach Mark Cooper said. “When you do that your shooting percentage goes up and builds team chemistry as well. Not turning the ball over and getting second-chance points were big in the second quarter.”
In the second half, Cody Stokes gave the Pirates a 36-16 lead by draining a 3-pointer from the right wing.
Reilly Owens had a nice game for the Grey Ghosts with 16 points and eight boards. His bucket in the third cut into the Pirates’ lead 43-25, but Ottawa responded with another offensive rebound from Gassman to push the lead back to 20 (47-27).
As both teams got everyone into the contest and the fire alarm putting a halt to the action, neither offense got into much of a rhythm in the fourth.
Carroll led all scorers with 17 points to go along with six rebounds, while Gassman came off the bench to score 15 points and grab a game-high eight boards.
Ottawa 53, IVC 37
The Lady Grey Ghosts kept right with Ottawa in the first half, trailing 25-21 at intermission with the help of an 18-11 rebounding edge.
After Catie Carlson dished to Cassidy Rice to put Ottawa up 23-13 late in the first half, IVC went on a 6-0 run to put a dent in the defict.
The second half was a different story though with Ottawa getting more aggressive and leading the rebounding war to extend its lead.
Rice got things going with a scoop shot in the lane followed by a layup from Jasmin Bailey.
Not long after that, it was Rice again with a fast-break layup and then a 3-pointer from Bailey to push the lead to 35-21 lead.
“Without a doubt, the rebounding was the difference in the second half,” Ottawa coach Mike Cooper said. “Sam McGrath did a really nice job and Jordan Hayne gave us some very good minutes off the bench in the second half. We also stepped up the defensive intensity and held them scoreless for a while.”
The Lady Pirates held IVC scoreless the first 7:12 of the third quarter and Ottawa opened the half with a 14-0 run.
The final eight minutes was back and forth between the Lady Pirates and Lady Grey Ghosts as both teams scored 14 points in the period and Ottawa maintained its double-digit lead to earn the non-conference victory.
Rice led all scorers with 23 points, while Carlson and Bailey added eight points each.
McGrath led the Lady Pirates (5-2) with eight rebounds.
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