Otsego senior Elyse Pfeiffer (33) picks up a foul as she tries to stop Allegan junior Leslie Scane from getting off a shot. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Otsego gets defensive, picks up road win over Allegan

Jason Wesseldyk

According to Otsego girls’ basketball coach Tony Koshar, his team’s offense remains “a work in progress.”
The Bulldogs’ defense, however, does not.
Otsego forced 27 turnovers—20 in the first half alone—and limited Allegan to 23-percent (9-of-39) shooting to post the 40-28 win over the Tigers in the Wolverine Conference East opener for both teams.
It was the second time in two games this season that the Bulldogs held their opponent to less than 30 points. They allowed just 24 points in their season-opening win over Portage Northern.
“I’m definitely happy with our effort,” Koshar said. “Defensively, we were all over the place and I think we were able to frustrate Allegan a little bit, especially in the first half. We were the aggressor, and the team that’s the aggressor in basketball usually has a pretty good chance to win.
“We still have some things to work on offensively, but if we continue to hold teams to under 30 points, we’re going to pick up some wins this season.”
Despite its struggles with turnovers, Allegan kept the game close in the early going. In fact, the Tigers knotted the score at 7-7 late in the opening quarter thanks to a 3-pointer from Leslie Scane and a basket from CC Cerven.
But that’s when the Otsego defense really kicked into high gear, forcing even more Allegan turnovers to fuel a 16-2 Bulldog scoring. That allowed them to open up a 23-9 lead with 3:46 left in the second quarter.
Jaycie Callaway led the charge for Otsego during that span, scoring all five of her points.
“We just had too many turnovers and committed too many fouls during that time,” first-year Allegan coach Josh Holman said. “Otsego wanted us to speed up the game and that’s what we did. We played right into their hands and the speed of the game kind of got the better of us.
“Once we settled down and started to relax and make better decisions, we played much better.”

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