Lady Knights fall to Otto-Eldred
Eisenhower’s girls basketball team opened their game against Otto-Eldred with a 6-2 run.
The Knights would score only 13 more points for the rest of the game, however, as the Terrors ran away with a 55-19 win at Eisenhower High School Monday.
“Otto is a very good team,” Eisenhower coach Mike Logue said. “They’re a good, athletic group of girls who play well together. I thought we held our own.”
Eisenhower was able to keep the ball away from the low post during the opening run. Once the Terrors were able to get the ball to senior center Camryn Thomas, the game turned. Thomas scored eight of her game-high 13 points in second half of the first quarter.
“She is a very good player,” Logue said. “She’s a very talented player and we were trying to front her and make it as difficult as possible to get the ball.”
Once Otto was able to get things rolling offensively, the Terrors then began swarming the Knights defensivley, deploying a pressure defense Eisenhower struggled to break.
“They went to the press and gave us a little trouble with the trap,” Logue said. “We are fairly inexperienced with our guard play.”
Even when the Knights were able to break the press, they had trouble getting shots to fall.
Trailing 12-10 after the first quarter, Eisenhower wouldn’t score again until there was 1:27 left in the half when Payton Mineweaser hit the front end of a 1-and-1. That was the only point the Knights would put up in the stanza and trailed 26-11 at the half.
The Knights connected on just two field goals in each of the third and fourth quarters. The Terrors, meanwhile, hit 12 field goals in the second half, including three 3-pointers, to add to their lead.
Ali Cousins was the only other Otto player in double figures with 10 points.
Lydia Giannini and Miranda Garris led the Knights with four points each. Giannini also grabbed eight rebounds in the loss.
Eisenhower will now turn its attention to the region schedule when they host Maplewood Thursday.
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A. Cousins 4-2-2-10, L. Cousins 1-0-0-2, Shelander 0-1-2-1, A. Smith 1-2-2-4, Greeley 2-2-5-6, Spinney 2-0-0-5, Thomas 6-1-2-13, E. Smith 3-0-0-7, Frederick 1-3-4-6, Heller 0-0-2-0
Nizzi 0-1-2-1, Frederick 1-0-0-2, Wheeler 1-1-3-3, Renninger 1-0-0-2, Chase 0-0-0-0, Spicer 0-0-0-0, Greene 0-0-0-0, Peterson 0-0-1-0, Mineweaser 1-1-4-3, Kuzminski 0-0-0-0, Garris 2-0-0-4, McKown 0-0-0-0, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Giannini 2-0-4-4
Otto-Eldred 12 14 17 12 – 55
Eisenhower 10 1 4 4 – 19
Three point FGs: Otto-Eldred (3) – Spinney, E. Smith, Frederick; Eisenhower (0)
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JV OTTO-ELDRED 27, EISENHOWER 18
Eisenhower’s junior varsity team foreshadowed what would happen in the varsity contest, scoring 10 first quarter points and only eight more the rest of the way in a 27-18 loss to Otto-Eldred.
Shelby Kuzminski led the Knights with nine points and Lilee Renninger added eight in the loss.
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Neuriter 1-1-1-3, Cousins 1-0-2-2, Shecler 3-1-3-7, Raught 1-2-6-4, Spinney 5-1-2-11, Dalton 0-0-2-0, Heller 0-0-2-0
Nizzi 0-0-0-0, Frederick 0-0-0-0, Wheeler 0-0-2-0, Renninger 4-0-2-8, Chase 0-0-0-0, Greene 0-0-0-0, Peterson 0-0-0-0, Kusminski 4-1-2-9, Courtney 0-0-0-0, Giannini 0-1-2-1
Otto-Eldred 8 3 7 9 – 27
Eisenhower 10 1 3 4 – 18
Three point FGs: None