MARSHALLTOWN — Kelsey Nickerson enlightened the “Roundhouse” scoreboard in Marshalltown with 41 points and the Ottumwa girls basketball team continued to roll through the season with a 76-38 non-conference road victory over the Bobcats on Tuesday.
“What a great way to start our road stretch,” said Ottumwa coach Kevin Patterson, whose Bulldogs are closing the season with four straight road games. “I’m really happy with the way we are playing right now.”
The Bulldogs are now 13-5 overall and have 10 straight wins, and Ottumwa has won 13 of 14 games after an 0-4 start to the season.
Nickerson — who broke the 1000 point barrier earlier this season and also became the Bulldog’s all-time leading scorer — was on fire all night. She shot 60 percent from the field (12-of-20) and 50 percent from beyond the 3-point arc (4-of-8). She was also a perfect 13-of-13 from the free-throw line. According to Patterson, her 41 points are the most ever scored by a Bulldog in a single game since girls basketball switched to 5-on-5.
“It was a great game all-around,” said Patterson. “All the girls contributed, they all really stepped up.”
Nickerson scored 31 of her points in the first half and rested for most of the fourth quarter. The Bulldogs scored 29 points in the second quarter while limiting Marshalltown (3-14) to just 10, breaking the game open with a 46-19 halftime lead. Ottumwa then outscored Marshalltown — who was led by Eisha Oden’s 13 points — 23-8 through the third quarter.
“Kelsey had an amazing game shooting the ball, but it was all within the scheme of our offense,” said Patterson. “We had a balanced floor game, the girls worked the offense and found the open player with the hot hand. They all simply played really well on offense.”
Paige Schreiner also had a hot hand for Ottumwa, hitting 4-of-5 3-point attempts on the way to 14 points. Point guard Ashley Salgado had a huge floor game for the Bulldogs, as she scored 12 points and led Ottumwa in rebounds (8), assists (7) and steals (6).
The Bulldogs travel to Des Moines Hoover on Friday, where a victory will clinch at least a share of the CIML Metro Conference crown. Ottumwa took a 17-point victory over Hoover earlier this season at home.
Ottumwa 76, Marshalltown 38
Ott 17 29 23 7 — 76
Mar 9 10 8 9 — 38
Ottumwa (76) — Kelsey Nickerson 41, Paige Schreiner 14, Ashley Salgado 12, Rachel Hinebaugh 7, Olivia Roark 2. Totals 25-56 18-24 76.
3-point goals — 8 (Nickerson 4, Schreiner 4). Fouled out — None. Rebounds — 25 (Salgado 8). Assists — 14 (Salgado 7). Steals — 11 (Salgado 6). Blocks — 1 (Roark). Total fouls — 18. Turnovers — 10.