If you were looking for good basketball Saturday morning, the Otterville High School gymnasium was definitely not the place for you.
In the first game of the Otterville Holiday Classic, the Otterville Lady Eagles prevailed 46-27 over a depleted Northwest Lady Mustang team in a game that basketball purists would have been begging for mercy.
It was downright ugly. How ugly was it? Otterville made17 of 51 shots from the floor (33 percent), made four of 12 free throws (33 percent) and turned the ball over 19 times. Northwest, minus three starters, made seven of 33 shots from the floor, made three of 12 free throws (25 percent) and turned the ball over 20 times.
Pretty, it wasn’t.
Lady Eagle junior Stephanie Oswald sank a trey from beyond the top of the key to give Otterville a 3-0 lead on their first possession of the game. Otterville, the defending tournament champions, improved to 6-3 on the season.
Baskets were few and far between for both teams from that point on. Both Otterville and Northwest came out in zone defenses as the Lady Mustangs tried to minimize Lady Eagle senior post player Hannah Stone inside.
Lady Mustang Paige Norfleet hit a 15-footer to get Northwest within 3-2. That turned out to be the only shot Northwest made in the first quarter.
Northwest was playing without starters Lindsey Blaylock, Caiti Alexander and Chelsey Frame.
Otterville led 10-2 at the end of the first quarter.
Stone was held to one basket and three points in the first quarter. Brittney Castle and Whitney Watring each scored for Otterville in the first quarter, while Northwest made just 1 of 14 shots in the first eight minutes.
Stone, who led all scorers in the game with 14 points, scored eight straight points on offensive rebounds, Castle buried a trey from the left wing and Albina Oleynik made a steal and coasted in for a layup as Otterville opened up a 27-10 halftime advantage.
Northwest missed their first six shots and turned the ball over four times before Hanna Gregory nailed a three to get Northwest within 16-5. Kendall Walk knocked down the first of her two treys to get the Lady Mustangs back within single digits at 16-8.
Otterville finished the half with an 11-2 run to lead 27-10 at the half.
Norfleet and Stone exchanged baskets to start the third quarter to make it 29-12. Two minutes into the third quarter Stone knocked down a jumper in the lane to make 33-14, Otterville’s biggest lead to that point.
The Lady Eagles led 35-18 after three quarters and the game got a little tighter with reserves on the floor for both teams.
When Watring scored early in the fourth quarter, Otterville had its largest lead at 44-18.
Back-to-back treys by Walk and Norfleet closed the gap to 44-24.
Northwest got no closer than 19 points the rest of the way.
Stone led Otterville with 14 points. Castle added nine with a trey, Oswald eight and Watring eight each with a trey apiece.
Norfleet led Northwest with nine points and a trey. Walk had eight points with two treys. Lakota Wiskur had four rebounds and three steals. Jessi Zimmerman had two steals.
Otterville played the winner of Tuscumbia-Russellville in the semifinals Wednesday night. Northwest, 2-8, played the played the loser of Tuscumbia-Russellville Monday morning in the consolation bracket. Photos by Randy Kirby, Sedalia News Journal.