Drexel 47, Otterville 38
The big shot never landed for the Lady Eagles.
While the Lady Eagles defense slowed Drexel to a crawl, it was the Otterville offense that failed to keep up in their Class 1 state sectional matchup in Lee’s Summit. Jacy Bolton led Drexel with 22 points en route to a 47-38 victory over Otterville at Lee’s Summit West on Tuesday.
Otterville head coach Mike Scott said Tuesday’s loss was a microcosm of the Lady Eagles’ season-long offensive woes.
“The girls just played great defensively,” Scott said. “We’ve struggled offensively all year. We just never could get a shot here or there to take the lead in the last half.”
Dalanney Stone had 13 points to lead Otterville in scoring. She made the last two buckets for the Lady Eagles to end the first quarter. The Lady Eagles scored the next four points and led 15-13 with five minutes to play in the first half after an Abby Nichols putback.
Nichols finished with six points for Otterville. Hannah Benny added eight.
Bolton broke a tie late in the first half with a 3-pointer from the top of the key. A hook shot from Stone made the score 24-21 going into halftime.
Both teams mustered just five points in the third quarter. In the fourth, Stone brought the Lady Eagles within one before Drexel pulled away with an 8-0 run. Natalie Schoen ended a 2-minute plus scoring drought to cut the deficit to 37-30.
The Lady Bobcats were 17-for-25 at the free-throw line, making 13 of 14 in the fourth quarter.
Drexel 56, Otterville 40
It was a tale of two passing performances in the Class 1 state sectional basketball tournament Tuesday at Lee’s Summit West.
For every sharp pass Drexel zipped into an open shooter’s hand in the first half, Otterville responded with a turnover. A 30-6 run to open the game buried the Eagles in a 56-40 defeat.
For Otterville Jay Allen head coach, the loss signals a new season – in multiple ways.
“It’s a positive environment in the locker room,” Allen said after the game. “I’ve got to switch gears and become a baseball coach tomorrow.”
Jake Neal sank two free throws to end the Otterville scoring drought to make the score 30-8 with 2:58 to play in the first half.
Neal led Otterville with 24 points on four 3-pointers, three of which came in the fourth quarter.
Allen said relying on underclassmen was a factor in Otterville’s early turnovers.
“I knew for us to be successful, we kind of have a fine line,” Allen said. “I need the sophomores who have never played varsity basketball before, to step up make varsity basketball decisions … Sometimes if I dwell that I guess it would be frustrating, but it’s also asking too much. I just ask them to grow.”
Wyatt Deel led Drexel with 18 points. Trevor Gunnels scored 16 points for the Bobcats on four threes.
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