Lady Pirates pull past Streator at the Pops

Ottawa’s Maddie Carroll is blocked on the shot by Streator’s Natali Haynes Monday evening at Pops Dale Gymnasium during the Lady Pirates’ 46-21 victory. Streator’s Klaire Phillis gathers an inbound pass as Ottawa’s Ella Marvel defends at Pops Dale Gymnasium on Monday.

STREATOR — The Ottawa Lady Pirates were looking to get back to their early-season winning ways, while the Streator Lady Bulldogs were looking to continue showing improvement.

Both girls basketball teams found some of what they were looking for Monday here at Pops Dale Gymnasium, as visiting Ottawa led throughout and eventually shook the pesky but ultimately overmatched Lady ‘Dogs 46-21 in nonconference action.

Star senior wing Angelique Cowan (12 points, five steals) and freshman point guard Ella Marvel (11 points, six assists, five steals) led the Ottawa attack, as the Lady Pirates improved to 5-2 on the season.

Regan O’Fallon and Sloan Gayan chipped in six points apiece, Toni Froisland and Hannah Hagrelius scored four points each, and Maddie Carroll posted three steals and a team-high five rebounds for the victorious Lady Pirates. Ottawa forced 37 turnovers and never trailed, but didn’t truly put things away until closing the opening half on a 12-0 run to take a comfortable 33-12 advantage into the locker room.

“We knew what the game plan was coming in,” said OHS coach Brent Moore, “and regardless, whenever you go on the road it’s never easy. Streator is a well-coached team, and we knew we would have to come in here and play well and play with energy. …

“Our defense set the tone for us. That’s what the No. 1 key on the whiteboard was, and I thought the girls did that.”

Streator — now 3-4 — managed to stay within a long arm’s reach of its visitors for much of the first half. Although struggling with the Lady Pirates’ full-court pressure to the tune of 22 first-half turnovers, when the Lady ‘Dogs did get into the half-court they were effective at getting the ball inside to twin posts Chloe Baker (three points, team-high three steals) and especially Natali Haynes (game-highs of 12 points, eight rebounds and six blocked shots).

“I told the girls in the locker room, I thought it was a better effort against another team which pressured us the way Sandwich did (in a 48-10 Streator loss last week),” said SHS coach Beau Albert. “We’re young, with three sophomores, two who handle the ball, and they need to get into those types of situations against good teams like Ottawa and learn how to break it, find out how the game works.

“Defensively against them, I felt we did OK. … We made their shots difficult, and (Marvel) finished with 11 and Cowan finished with 12. We’ll take that against a good team like Ottawa. We just need to get better offensively, handling the pressure, because once we get it across half-court and get into our offense, we can be a pretty good team.”

Still, the Ottawa lead was never challenged, reaching 10 points (11-0) on five points in five seconds run from Marvel less than three minutes in and 20 points (33-12) just before halftime on a Gayan bucket right before the buzzer.

The Lady Pirates went on to outscore Streator 8-2 in the third quarter and rested their starters the entirety of the fourth, while the Lady Bulldogs avoided the 30-point running clock.

Both teams have home games in the coming 48 hours — Ottawa hosting Joliet Catholic on Tuesday and Streator hosting Dwight back at the Pops on Wednesday.

At Pops Dale Gymnasium, Streator

Ottawa 46, Streator 21


OTTAWA (46) — Marvel 5 0-0 11, Harris 1 0-0 2, Cowan 4 2-3 12, Froisland 2 0-1 4, Gayan 3 0-0 6, O’Fallon 3 0-0 6, Carroll 0 0-0 0, Hagrelius 2 0-1 4, Cottingham 0 0-0 0, Zoran 0 0-0 0, Holtzman 0 0-0 0, Richardson 0 1-2 1. Totals 20 3-7 46.

STREATOR (21) — Anderson 1 0-2 2, Jordan 1 0-0 2, Rogers 0 0-0 0, Baker 1 1-4 3, Haynes 5 2-4 12, Phillis 0 0-0 0, Ingram 0 0-0 0, Depaz 0 0-0 0, Perez 0 0-0 0, Schick 0 0-0 0, Romero 1 0-0 2. Totals 9 3-10 21.

Ottawa (5-2) 15 18 8 5 — 46

Streator (3-4) 8 4 2 7 — 21

3-point goals – Ottawa 3 (Cowan 2, Marvel 1); Streator 0. Rebounds – Ottawa 21 (Carroll 5); Streator 23 (Haynes 8). Assists – Ottawa 11 (Marvel 6, Harris 2); Streator 6 (Jordan 2). Steals – Ottawa 18 (Marvel 5, Cowan 5, Carroll 3); Streator 8 (Baker 3). Blocked shots – Ottawa 2 (Cowan 1, Zoran 1); Streator 8 (Haynes 6, Anderson 1, Rogers 1). Turnovers – Pttawa 13; Streator 37. Total fouls (none fouled out) – Ottawa 9; Streator 12.

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