Robertson’s 36 leads Otterville
OTTERVILLE — Lisa Robertson scored a career-high 36 points as the Otterville Lady Eagles ran past Green Ridge 57-24 on Tuesday.
Robertson scored 10 in the first quarter, seven more in the second, 11 in the third and scored all eight Otterville points in the fourth.
“Whenever we run the play and set up and work as a team, they look to make sure you’re open,” she said. “That’s one thing that we do like. The girls pass really well so if I work to get open, they feed me.”
Robertson’s previous career-high was 33 when the Lady Eagles beat Green Ridge at the Pilot Grove Tiger Classic last week. She also scored 24 on Monday in a loss to Prairie Home.
“You can’t let her drive around you every time she touches the ball,” said Green Ridge coach Jason Cannon. “You have to have better help-side defense and you just have to stay in front of her. It wasn’t like she beat us from the outside and we gave her space. It didn’t matter. She just went around who we had. She’s a talented player.”
Robertson did a little of everything, even coming up with 10 steals.
“She handled the ball, she scored for us, she penetrated,” said Otterville coach Elizabeth Bennett. “In man-to-man I had her on their best player and she just played hard the whole game.”
For much of the second quarter, Robertson was on the bench after picking up her third foul, but Green Ridge could not capitalize by cutting into the lead. Stephanie Oswald scored seven points in the second quarter and Natalie Schoen got involved for Otterville as well.
“A lot of our other girls did step up when we were in foul trouble,” Bennett said. “Stephanie played a great game handling the ball, taking care of the ball, knowing time and direction of our offense and setting it up. Natalie took care of the ball as well at the top and then we had some girls come in off the bench as well.”
Green Ridge found itself in foul trouble as well with BreAnna Peck, Molly Turner and Mackenley Scotten all spending time off the floor.
“We didn’t bring any intensity after that,” Cannon said.
Green Ridge pulled down 15 offensive rebounds in the game, 11 of them in the second half, but those only led to five second-chance points.
“We need to be stronger and attack the basket,” Cannon said. “A lot of our second-chance points are us standing there and getting lucky that the ball careens to us. Spacing on the floor would help and attacking the basket hard. We do a lot of set shooting. Once we get those skills down, we’ll be alright.”
In the game Otterville attempted no 3-pointers, getting 42 points in the paint and the rest from the free throw line.
“We try to kick it in as much as we can but we have a lot of guards that penetrate, we’re not very big,” Bennett said. “We’re not the best outside shooting team but we find other ways to score.”
Green Ridge tried to press early in the game and that did lead to three Otterville turnovers in the first four possessions, but the Lady Eagles began breaking the press and started getting baskets in transition.
“We had a girl coming to break the press,” Bennett said. “Then we had our two side girls breaking down.”
Green Ridge jumped out to an early 4-0 lead on baskets from Samantha Unkel and Scotten before a pair of baskets from Robertson evened the score. The teams traded baskets with the Lady Tigers taking a 9-8 lead late in the first, but Otterville outscored Green Ridge 49-15 the rest of the way.
“We pressured the ball much better,” Cannon said of the first quarter. “Then that kind of just all went away.”
After Green Ridge went ahead 9-8, Otterville got a basket from Robertson and a steal and another basket from Robertson. Schoen followed with a steal and a layup and Otterville led 14-9 after one.
In the second quarter Otterville went on a 10-0 run with Robertson capping it off on a 3-point play to make it 26-11 before Green Ridge answered with a run of its own. Holli Mootz hit a putback and Unkel got a 3-point play to make it 28-18 at halftime.
In the third quarter Otterville outscored the Lady Tigers 21-3 as Green Ridge missed its first 12 shots from the field until a late jumper from Stacey Billings. Hannah Benny and Bobbi Jo Schoen each scored four in the third to go with Robertson’s 11.
Eight different Green Ridge players scored in the game led by Unkel with six.
Oswald had nine for Otterville.
Otterville (2-4) will host Bunceton at 6 p.m. Thursday.
Green Ridge (2-2) will face Lakeland at 6 p.m. Thursday at the W-K Shootout.
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