CLAFLIN, Kan. - The gap atop the Central Prairie League is again a large one. Otis-Bison entered Tuesday's game in Claflin nearly perfect, with just one loss against Pratt. The top-ranked Lady Oilers, however, were ready to run. Central Plains won its 98th-straight in a 74-35 rout.
"It was a big win," said Lady Oiler junior Emily Ryan. "We were really excited and we came out focused. We're just going to keep trying to get better."
The game was quickly out of reach for Otis-Bison. Ryan scored 10 points in the first eight minutes and Delaney Rugan added seven as the Lady Oilers opened a 24-9 lead after one. Ryan put up 11 more points in the second quarter and Rachel Lamatsch hit a pair of threes as the gap stretched to 49-15 by halftime.
"They're 13-1 and they're just so darn big," said Central Plains coach Pat Stiles. "We were pretty concerned. Our girls, when it's a big game, they get ready and play well."
Early in the second half Avery Hurley scored on an assist from Rugan. Rugan added a trey, and Ryan finished with a flurry of steals and points. She had two rare misses at the free throw line before heading to the bench to finish with 29 points in three quarters. Rugan added 15 points, and Lamatsch reached double figures with 11.
Otis-Bison junior Maddie Wiltse, one of the other premiere players in the CPL, eventually got her points with 15 despite having to go against Ryan defensively in the first half.
"She's really talented and we knew it would be a challenge going in," Ryan said. "We had to guard her very well."
Lauren Maier added 11 points for the Lady Cougars.
Central Plains moves to 14-0 on the season. The Lady Oilers play at St. John on Friday, then head to Concordia on Saturday in search of the big 100th consecutive win.