OTIS, Kan. - Everyone knows about Central Plains. But the Otis-Bison girls are quietly working on their own perfect season atop the Central Prairie League. Tuesday night the Lady Cougars survived a 56-49 test against two-loss Kinsley to move to 9-0 on the season.
Otis-Bison defeated Kinsley 56-49 on Tuesday, January 8, 2019. (Photo: Everett Royer, www.ksportsimages.com)
"That's big," said Lady Cougar junior Maddie Wiltse. "That was our goal from the beginning of the year so it's big we've gotten here. Now we just have to keep pushing through."
Wiltse proved to be unstoppable most of the night. She scored six points in just over four minutes to open the game. Kinsley got seven points from junior Josena Frame and Otis-Bison led just 14-12 after one quarter.
The Lady Cougars tried pulling away in the second but a three from Kinsley senior Rylee Gleason and a steal and two from Frame put the Coyotes back on top 21-20. A 3-point play from Frame kept Kinsley ahead late in the half but Lady Cougar junior Cora Anderson scored through a foul to send Otis-Bison into the half with a 25-24 lead.
The teams traded punches early in the third before the Lady Cougars again began to pull away. Wiltse scored 10 points in the second quarter as the gap grew to 42-34 with a quarter to play.
Kinsley stayed in the game for the duration, getting as close as two points early in the final quarter. Wiltse proved to be too much with 27 points and nine rebounds on the night. Anderson scored six of her 15 points in the final quarter.
"It's really big to have our girls inside," Wiltse said. "But like (Coach Robert Trapp) always says, defense wins games so we have to make sure we play on both ends of the court."
Frame finished with 18 points for Kinsley, Gleason added 12 points, and Cindy Ibarra game off the bench to score 11 points.
Otis-Bison boys 65, Kinsley 44
There was a little less drama in the boys game as the Cougars scored the first 20 points of the game. Senior Luke Higgason opened scored just seconds in, then sophomore Jayce Kohls added a pair of threes in the first three minutes.
Senior Maitland Wiltse took over there with a trio of drives to the rim for a quick six points. His 3-pointer at the buzzer gave him 14 points in the first quarter and the Cougars led 28-8 after eight minutes.
Kinsley eventually evened out the scoring, trailing 41-26 at the half and 52-36 at the end of three. The Cougars pushed the lead back to 62-40 in the final four minutes of the game.
Wiltse finished with 20 at the half and 26 points in the game. Foust added 15 points, and Kohls finished with 10 points. Bryce Herrmann paced Kinsley with 13 points.