Otsego junior Cayla Koshar looks for an open teammate. (Photo by Jason Wesseldyk)

Otsego girls survive back-and-forth contest against South Haven

Jason Wesseldyk

Otsego coach Tony Koshar’s fingernails were likely a little bit shorter after his team’s Wolverine Conference North contest with South Haven on Friday, Dec. 18, than they were prior to the game.
“It was a bit of a nail-biter, that’s for sure,” Koshar said.
That it was.
Neither team outscored the other by more than four points in any quarter, making for a back-and-forth struggle throughout.
When the final buzzer sounded, however, Koshar could breathe a little easier—and he could give his fingernails a bit of a break—as the Bulldogs survived for the 39-36 victory.
“It was a game of runs,” Koshar said. “Fortunately we were able to hold on.”
Liz Barwegen paced Otsego with 12 points, with Erica Drobny adding nine points.
“Offensively, it’s still a work in progress for us,” Koshar said. “We’re not shooting the ball as well as we can, which puts a premium on our defensive effort.”
Those shooting woes carried over to the free throw line in the fourth quarter.
Otsego took a 37-29 lead early in the final frame only to go cold at the line, making two of its 15 free throw attempts. That enabled South Haven to claw back and make it a single-possession game at 39-36 in the game’s closing minute.
But a long 3-point attempt at the buzzer that would have tied the game for the Rams was off the mark, allowing Koshar and his players to exhale.
“We need to close out games better to play championship-level basketball,” Koshar said. ‘But I’m still confident that as our young players develops, we’ll get better at that aspect.”

For full story, pick up a copy of the December 24 issue of The Allegan County News, the December 28 issue of The Union Enterprise or subscribe to the e-edition.

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