OSAGE | With defenses ruling the day, the outcome of the Central Springs and Osage girls basketball game on Friday was going to come down to the moment when one player stepped up and made the big shot.
With the Green Devils nursing a five-point lead late in the fourth quarter, Brenna Jacobs found herself alone on the left wing, and the senior guard promptly drained a 3-point basket with 1:28 remaining to boost Osage to a 43-23 win over the Panthers.
“If we don’t move, we can’t do what we want offensively,” Osage coach Chad Erickson said. “We are lucky we play defense.”
Cold shooting plagued both teams as Osage shot just 25 percent from the floor while Central Springs connected on just 29.7 percent of its shots.
The Green Devils, though, had a distinct advantage in a couple of key areas, and those made the difference.
Four different Green Devils combined to hit five 3-pointers while the Osage defense held the Panthers without a long-range field goal in the game.
Osage also forced 26 turnovers which allowed the Green Devils 11 more shot attempts.
Madison Johnson finished with 10 points to lead a balanced Osage scoring effort that saw eight different Green Devils contribute points.
Jacobs added nine and Gabrielle Schwarting finished with eight, including a pair of first-quarter three-pointers.
Kaylee Parks overcame a scoreless first quarter to lead Central Springs with 18.
Osage (2-0, 2-0) returns to action today when it plays host to Garner-Hayfield-Ventura in a Top of Iowa Conference crossover game.
Central Springs (1-1, 1-1) plays host to Eagle Grove today.