The Otterville Eagles used an up-tempo offense to win their first game in the Kaysinger Conference defeating the La Monte Vikings 79-70 at home Friday night.
“I’m simply ecstatic and thrilled for our boys to get this win tonight,” coach Jay Allen said of the win. “It’s a very important step for our team.”
“I told the boys earlier tonight they had a chance to make history and they accomplished that,” said Allen “We’re young and everything is new to them especially with this being my first year as the head coach here but they are willing to work hard every day in practice and in the games and I’m proud of them.”
Otterville led from the start and maintained a double-digit lead through most of the game.
The Vikings pulled within single digits late in the fourth quarter but the Eagles finished the game out from the line when La Monte began intentionally fouling Otterville to send the Eagles to the line.
“I think the score is really reflective of the pace we play at,” Allen said. “We need to work on our defense especially on rebounding; I give La Monte credit they out worked us on the boards tonight.”
Oterville’s height advantage was difficult for the Vikings to overcome.
“We’re a small team but we’re trying to play big,” coach Kevin Matz said. “We’re a young team and we play 12 freshmen and sophomores.
“I really liked our effort tonight,” Matz said. “We controlled the boards and we never gave up.”
Alejandro Garcia led the Vikings with 18 and Tristan Hackworth added 16.
The Vikings 2-2 on the season play next in the Mid-State Tournament.
Otterville was paced by Jake Neal with 24 points. Garret Lynn had 20 and Frankiln Oswald added 14 for the Eagles.
Otterville 2-1 (1-0) in conference play has a week off before returning to play.
In the girls game La Monte defeated Otterville 38-28 in a low scoring contest.
In the first half, the two teams combined for a total of 17 points.
“It’s hard to be disappointed with a win, La Monte coach Donnie Mayes said. “We’re used to scoring 48 point a night.
“You have to give credit to their defense for slowing us down and getting us out of our rhythm,” Mayes added.
The two teams played in last season’s district championship with la Monte coming out on top in that contest also.
“I think both teams played good defense tonight,” Eagles coach Mike Scott said. “It wasn’t until early in the fourth quarter that they were able to pull ahead.”
Otterville led the game until the 5:35 mark in the fourth quarter when La Monte’s Madison Harris put up short jumper to put La Monte ahead for good.
Katie Patrick paced La Monte with 12 and Sandra Arroya added 8.
Abby Nichols led Otterville with 8. Hannah Benny had 7 for the Eagles.
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