Otis-Bison girls hang on against Russell

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HOISINGTON, Kan. The Otis-Bison Lady Cougars defeated the Russell Lady Broncos by a score of 49 to 44 in the first girls semifinal of the 2019 Hoisington Winter Jam.

Russell Lady Bronco #30 Lauren Myers takes a jump shot in the first quarter. The Russell Lady Broncos took on the Otis-Bison Lady Cougars in a semifinal at the 2019 Hoisington Winter Jam at Hoisington Activity Center in Hosiginton, Kansas on January 18, 2019. (Photo: Joey Bahr, www.joeybahr.com)

The Lady Cougars came into the semifinal game of the Winter Jam undefeated and ranked ninth for Class 1A by the KBCA.

Russell scored the first points of the game, with a three point basket. The Lady Cougars then went on a ten point run.

The Lady Broncos started to press and generated two quick layups off of turnovers. They got away from the press and Otis-Bison was able to pad their lead.

At halftime, the Lady Cougars lead to 27 to 16.

After halftime, Russell brought back the pressure. They used a full court press to cause several turnovers and a few ten second calls.

With six minutes remaining in the game, Russell tied the score at 37 all. Otis-Bison quickly scored two to regain the lead.

The Lady Cougars continued with the advantage. They had several free throw opportunities in the quarter and were six of fourteen from the line.

With 22 seconds left, a three pointer by Emerson Nichols narrowed the lead to two points.

Quickly after the inbounds, Kristan Trapp for Otis-Bison was fouled. She made both foul shots to return it to a two possession lead.

Otis-Bison would hold on to win the game by a score of 49 to 44.

Maddie Wiltse lead all scorers with 24 points. Russell's Tiffany Dortland scored 14 points.

"This was a big win for us," said Otis-Bison Head Coach Robert Trapp. "We don't see too many teams that can pressure you like Russell can. It's hard to simulate that in practice and that is why we had so much trouble with it."

Otis-Bison advances to the championship game Saturday evening to face either Pratt or Ellinwood.

Russell will play in the third place game.