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Regrouping and rolling

November 7, 2018

La PORTE — After getting dominated in its last quarter of action against Penn, La Porte was seeking atonement.

It took it a mere five minutes to grab the momentum against visiting New Prairie Tuesday night.

Following getting outscored 21-4 in the fourth quarter versus the Kingsmen in their last game, a difficult 46-35 loss last Thursday, the Slicers rebounded nicely, drubbing the young and inexperienced Cougars 67-26 in girls basketball action.

“When we went back into the locker room after the Penn game, we were like, ‘That’s our first game, it’s over with,’” La Porte’s Ryin Ott said. “‘We’ve just got to get back and win the other ones.’”

The Slicers (1-1) took that message to heart, erasing an early 5-4 deficit to pull away. Once they went ahead by 10 midway through the first period, they never let it drop below double digits again.

La Porte used a suffocating full-court press to give New Prairie (0-2) problems. It forced countless turnovers in the opening quarter, helping it build a 15-5 cushion with 3:22 left in the first after Ryin Ott’s putback. Ryin Ott scored 10 points in the opening eight minutes, including a pair of 3-pointers.

“They played hard, New Prairie played really hard,” La Porte coach Rob Walker said. “But our up-tempo game was a good match against them. I like how we got three players in double figures and we were unselfish.”

The Slicers’ lead ballooned to a 34-14 margin at the break.

“We’ve got a lot to learn as a team,” said former La Porte player and first-year New Prairie coach Todd Dermody. “We’ve got to play as a team if we want to be successful. The spots where we play like a team and we pass the ball, and we run the offense, we do a good job and we score baskets. Obviously, we have a problem with scoring the ball.”

The Slicers’ 1-3-1 full-court press allowed them to distance themselves midway through the first quarter. They forced seven turnovers in the opening period and 23 on the night.

“I guess we surprised them a little bit with that,” Walker said of his squad’s press. “We’ve got the quickness, where it makes it really tough. We were able to cover the gaps well. Our players were rotating pretty well.”

Ryin Ott tallied 21 points, including 18 in the first half, and grabbed 12 rebounds. Kayla Jones recorded 18 points, finishing 4-of-8 behind the arc, and Jones had five assists. Riley Ott notched 14 points, six boards, four assists and three steals.

“After the Penn game, I didn’t score as much as I wanted to, or play as hard, or rebound,” Ryin Ott said. “I just wanted to get better from there.”

Keatyn Boren added nine rebounds for La Porte, who firmly led 54-21 after the third.

Meyers and Maddie McSurley posted seven points apiece for the Cougars.

“Sydney Meyers played her heart out,” Dermody said. “You see her in the fourth quarter down by 30 points diving on the sidelines. So there’s some bright spots. Maddie McSurley, a freshman, is in the locker room leading the team speech when we get in there talking to everybody about how we can be better. It’s a matter of, are we going to group up as a team and take that next step and start scoring some points?”

La Porte’s junior varsity cruised 53-30. Lauren Pollock led the Slicers with 19 points, and Biggers had 10 points. Meagan Pinter guided the Cougars with 13 points, and Rachel Deutcher netted 10.

La PORTE 67, NEW PRAIRIE 26

NEW PRAIRIE (0-2)

Mougin 0-0 1-2 1, Pavlick 1-5 0-0 3, Lapczynsky 0-7 0-1 0, Nichols 0-0 0-0 0, Nelson 1-6 0-1 2, Fronk 0-2 0-0 0, McSurley 3-9 1-2 7, Siford 0-0 0-0 0, Winters 0-10 2-2 2, Meyers 2-12 3-8 7, Strauch 2-3 0-0 4. Totals 9-54 7-16 26.

La PORTE (1-1)

Biggers 1-4 0-0 3, RiOtt 5-13 4-5 14, Morton 0-1 0-2 0, KJones 7-15 0-2 18, RyOtt 8-13 3-5 21, Asad 2-6 0-0 4, MJones 0-1 0-0 0, Franklin 0-1 0-0 0, Pollock 0-1 0-0 0, Linn 0-0 0-2 0, Kazmierzak 0-2 0-1 0, Boren 3-7 1-2 7. Totals 26-64 8-19 67.

New Prairie`9`5`7`5`— 26

La Porte`19`15`20`13`— 67

3-point shooting — New Prairie 1-11 (Pavlick 1-1, Lapczynsky 0-6, Winters 0-4), La Porte 7-20 (Biggers 1-2, RiOtt 0-4, KJones 4-8, RyOtt 2-5, Kazmierzak 0-1). Total fouls — New Prairie 17, La Porte 18. Fouled out — None. Turnovers — New Prairie 23, La Porte 13. Records — New Prairie 0-2, La Porte 1-1.

La Porte 67, New Prairie 26

Ryin Ott had 21 points to pace the Slicers, who forced 23 turnovers.

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