Osky Girls Win Big Over Newton
by Matt Saville
The Osky girls basketball team turned in a first this season, a full 32 minutes of solid basketball and effort. It couldn’t have come at a better time, as Osky handed Newton a season full of frustration-style of beat down, beating the Cardinals 52-35.
Earlier in the season Osky played right along with Newton for most of the game, only to play a poor 4th quarter and lose to the Cardinals at Newton.
This time the game had a much different vibe from the opening tip. One of the main focal points must have been defense, because the Indians were all over the court with great hustle and going after every loose ball. It was very apparent, by the faces of the Newton girls, that Osky had them quite frustrated.
The first quarter found Chace Moyer hitting the boards and getting the ball to Taylor Richardson for a quick basket followed up by a steal and another lay in by Richardson. Osky was looking good. While things were going great on the defensive side of the ball Osky was struggling to find a good rhythm on offense. Osky was battling hitting the boards hard and after three attempts Brittany McQueen got a put back, to close the quarter with Osky in front.
The second quarter brought great urgency from Osky on the defensive side as everyone was all in and going hard, causing Newton problems getting good looks at the basket. Osky was led by Richardson, who seemed to be all over the place and it appeared that if she had one steal she had a hundred. Richardson had back-to-back steals and baskets, while Paige Howard found Moyer for a layup, helping Osky spread their lead. Moyer hit a turnaround jumper, while a basket by Howard drew Osky close to finishing the first half. Asia Laudermilch had different plans for ending the first half, nailing a jumper with 2 seconds left and allowing Osky to lead 19-9 at half time.
During the third quarter, defensive side Alexis Westercamp hit a baseline jumper, while Newton kept trying to stay within arm’s reach on a couple long jumpers. Osky had the lead with 23-14. Osky maintained the defensive pressure as they were moving their feet well and were in the passing lanes with good closeouts. This level of playing continued to increase Osky’s lead. Moyer hit a big lay in and Richardson got a break away layup, sending Osky into the 4th quarter with a 28-16 lead.
Osky did find themselves getting into some foul trouble as Newton got into the double bonus with 7 minutes left. Osky did not let up on the defensive side, as it helped lead them to several more lay ups, and the lead grew to 38-18. Richardson continued to have a career night as she was getting more steals and Osky was finding the going good as they were getting to the foul line. Newton kept fouling trying to extend the game, but it was not enough as Osky was able to enjoy their second win of the season, their first in the Little Hawkeye Conference.
Osky was led by Richardson with 20 pts., Moyer with 7 pts. , Laudermilch with 6 pts., Westercamp with 5 pts. and Howard with 4pts. Osky is in action this Friday against Norwalk at home.