OTIS-BISON, Kan. - The Central Plains Lady Oilers survived a tight first half to win 58 to 35 over the Otis-Bison Lady Cougars.
The two teams entered the Central Prairie League matchup ranked by the Kansas Basketball Coaches Association. Central Plains earned the number one ranking while Otis-Bison held the number seven ranking in Class 1A.
Both teams also entered the game with perfect 13 and 0 records.
Central Plains took an early lead. Unlike most of their other games this season, Otis-Bison climbed back.
With 1:20 left in the game, the Lady Cougars took a one point lead. Central Plains retook the lead to take a 21 to 20 margin into the locker room for halftime.
As the second half went on, the game turned more to the Lady Oilers' advantage. They put up 16 points in the third quarter while Otis-Bison only managed six. Emily Ryan scored 11 of the 16 points in the quarter.
The Lady Oilers added 21 points in the fourth as they increased their lead to a final score of 58 to 35.
"Early we didn't take care of the ball," said Central Plains Head Coach Pat Stiles. "Our girls never panicked. They were all business and they battled."
"They had Maddie Wiltse on top, so we moved Emily Ryan onto the wing in the second half. It helped us create some ball screens for her to just free her up. Defensively we were really good in the second half."
"The girls played really good in the first half," said Otis-Bison Head Coach Robert Trapp. "We kept attacking the basket and caused Central Plains to get in some foul trouble. So they could not run their normal stuff on the press and fell more into our game.
"Second half we decided to back off for more of an inside game and the shots did not fall for us."
Emily Ryan of Central Plains lead all scorers with 24 points. Delaney Rugan added 10 points to the total.
For Otis-Bison Maddie Wiltse led with 14 points.
Otis-Bison recorded their first loss of the season and now have a 13-1 record.
Central Plains improved to 14-0 on the season. This also was the 125th consecutive win for the Lady Oilers.